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Summary: What is godliness? What is contentment? Why is it great gain?

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1 Timothy 6:6

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.”

Before we start taking a look at this verse let’s see what the surrounding verses have to say;

1 Timothy 6:1-10

“Let all who are under a yoke as slaves regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled.

“Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved.

“Teach and urge these things. If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing.

“He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

“But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

So, looking at our target verse

1 Timothy 6:6

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.”

Paul is addressing slaves ... they should be content???

Paul is teaching Timothy.

Paul is warning about those who imagine that “godliness is a means of gain.”

Paul is warning against having a desire for riches.

Godliness … what is godliness?

OK. Let’s think about this. Let’s try an analogy, OK?

A Medical doctor is a healer, right?

Who is this? (Photos of famous TV doctors)

Doc Adams - Gun Smoke

Doc Baker - Little House on the Prairie

Marcus Welby MD - show had same name

Dr. Zachary Smith - Lost in Space

Dr. Leonard McCoy - Star Trek

Unnamed fake doctor - this man was arrested in Tucson AZ this past October when, dressed as a doctor in scrubs, he asked a police officer to direct him to the hospital in a city that has no hospital. He was driving an old beat up SUV which is consistent with most doctors.

He had also posed as a stock broker and sold fake shares to his family and “friends”.

How many of these would you like to have treat your illnesses or injuries?

They may have been doctor actors or impersonators but they definitely were not healers.

Now, suppose someone gets a medical degree and even licensed but after that they never treat a patient. They are fully qualified but they do not put that knowledge into action. They are indeed a doctor but they would not be a healer.


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