1 Timothy 6:17-21 - Guard the Good Deposit

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11/20/2022

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1 Timothy 6:17-21 - Guard the Good Deposit (994)


Paul seems to add a postscript to his letter to young Timothy and the church at Ephesus. The letter seemed to be finished and ended with a beautiful doxology, but then, the Apostle Paul added these four verses. 


V-17 - Paul begins by adding clarity and more warning to the topic of wealthy Christians. This shows us that not only should we expect there to be Christians who are wealthy, but it is not a bad thing for them to be wealthy. However, Paul warns that there are two clear pitfalls that wealthy Christians can fall into:


1. Wealth and an abundance of material goods can tempt us to become prideful and view ourselves higher than others. I believe this can at times be seen clearly, but can also be something that is sneaky in our hearts.

2. The second danger for the wealthy is to set their hope on their wealth and material items, instead of God. This looks like us finding our ultimate comfort and trust in and around these things. We might add prayer on the end as the cherry on top to make sure things go well.


It is important to note, that having these items are actually blessings from God and should be enjoyed. In fact, we glorify Him when we enjoy, take care of, and share the things He has given us. The problem comes when we want or enjoy those things more than the Gift-Giver Himself. God becomes the proverbial “genie in a bottle” for us. 


V-18 - Paul gives us the key to fighting this temptation. The way you battle this is by focusing on good works and doing good. We should aim to be rich in this life in works. This includes being generous and sharing with others. 


V-19 - In focusing on good works, Paul gives us motivation to see that we are trading our earthy treasures for heavenly ones that will last forever. 


“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Jim Elliot


You cannot buy your way to heaven, but you can spend what you have helping others get there. 


Matthew 6:19–24 (ESV): 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


Where is your heart? 


Luke 18:18–30


John 10:10 (ESV): 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 


This abundant life is Christ connecting us to God in such a way that we want to further His kingdom and be rich in good works. 


V-20 - Paul seems to give another personal exhortation to young Timothy before he closes out his letter. Timothy is to guard the good deposit. What is the good deposit? Well, this is the good news. The Gospel. This is the truth that has been passed down. 


In Paul’s next letter he is going to tell him again to guard it by the Holy Spirit. We need God’s help in doing this very task. 2 Timothy 1:8-14 




The Truth God has given us is what we are to guard. Praise God we do not need to add to it. We do not need to decipher it. We do not need to change it. We do not need to make it more relevant. We are to guard it. It is perfect. We need to guard it from ourselves and others trying to change it. We don’t keep it hidden, but we give our lives to protect it. 


V-21 - Some have swerved from the faith, but those who hold on to the good deposit will never stay away. Paul ends the letter by using the plural form of you (y’all) to reinforce the letter is for the whole church. Paul ends His letter with one thing the church and young Timothy will need to be able to guard the good deposit, stay following the faith, and to be rich in good works. They needed grace. We need grace. We need God’s sustaining and sanctifying grace. 


Acknowledgements 

This sermon and the entire sermon series were influenced and impacted by the following commentaries, Bibles, books, teachings and sermons. I am so very grateful for the insight and ministries of those involved with each. Likewise, I am thankful for the insights and input from those who attend the sermon preparation time at FBCCK. 


Commentaries/Books/Teachings

NIV Compact Bible Commentary - John Sailhammer

The Message of the New Testament - 1 Timothy - Mark Dever

The Letters to Timothy and Titus - The Pillar New Testament Commentary - Robert Yarbrough 

The Pastoral Epistles - Tyndale New Testament Commentary - Donald Guthrie

1&2 Timothy and Titus - Preaching the Word Commentary - Bryan Chapell and R. Kent Hughes

1 Timothy - Reformed Expository Commentary - Philip Ryken 


Study Bibles

ESV Study Bible

HCSB Study Bible 

John McArthur Study Bible


Topics for the Prayer Time

*Those who have yet to believe in Jesus

*The unreached peoples of the earth

*Missionaries around the world and for more to go

*The spiritual growth of other believers and churches

*That you would have more spiritual gifts

*That Christians would remain faithful under persecution

*Those who are sick

*Those who have lost loved ones

*Those traveling

*Our nation, leaders, military, and civil servants

*Pray for the health and salvation of the unborn babies in our church

*Pray against the evils of abortion and human trafficking

*Pray for the University of Florida international students 

*Pray God would bless our efforts to in evangelism and discipleship

*Pray God would bless our community

*Pray God would bless the churches of those visiting us















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1 Timothy 6:17-21 - Guard the Good Deposit (994)


Paul seems to add a postscript to his letter to young Timothy and the church at Ephesus. The letter seemed to be finished and ended with a beautiful doxology, but then, the Apostle Paul added these four verses. 


V-17 - Paul begins by adding clarity and more warning to the topic of wealthy Christians. This shows us that not only should we expect there to be Christians who are wealthy, but it is not a bad thing for them to be wealthy. However, Paul warns that there are two clear pitfalls that wealthy Christians can fall into:


1. Wealth and an abundance of material goods can tempt us to become prideful and view ourselves higher than others. I believe this can at times be seen clearly, but can also be something that is sneaky in our hearts.

2. The second danger for the wealthy is to set their hope on their wealth and material items, instead of God. This looks like us finding our ultimate comfort and trust in and around these things. We might add prayer on the end as the cherry on top to make sure things go well.


It is important to note, that having these items are actually blessings from God and should be enjoyed. In fact, we glorify Him when we enjoy, take care of, and share the things He has given us. The problem comes when we want or enjoy those things more than the Gift-Giver Himself. God becomes the proverbial “genie in a bottle” for us. 


V-18 - Paul gives us the key to fighting this temptation. The way you battle this is by focusing on good works and doing good. We should aim to be rich in this life in works. This includes being generous and sharing with others. 


V-19 - In focusing on good works, Paul gives us motivation to see that we are trading our earthy treasures for heavenly ones that will last forever. 


“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Jim Elliot


You cannot buy your way to heaven, but you can spend what you have helping others get there. 


Matthew 6:19–24 (ESV): 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


Where is your heart? 


Luke 18:18–30


John 10:10 (ESV): 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 


This abundant life is Christ connecting us to God in such a way that we want to further His kingdom and be rich in good works. 


V-20 - Paul seems to give another personal exhortation to young Timothy before he closes out his letter. Timothy is to guard the good deposit. What is the good deposit? Well, this is the good news. The Gospel. This is the truth that has been passed down. 


In Paul’s next letter he is going to tell him again to guard it by the Holy Spirit. We need God’s help in doing this very task. 2 Timothy 1:8-14 




The Truth God has given us is what we are to guard. Praise God we do not need to add to it. We do not need to decipher it. We do not need to change it. We do not need to make it more relevant. We are to guard it. It is perfect. We need to guard it from ourselves and others trying to change it. We don’t keep it hidden, but we give our lives to protect it. 


V-21 - Some have swerved from the faith, but those who hold on to the good deposit will never stay away. Paul ends the letter by using the plural form of you (y’all) to reinforce the letter is for the whole church. Paul ends His letter with one thing the church and young Timothy will need to be able to guard the good deposit, stay following the faith, and to be rich in good works. They needed grace. We need grace. We need God’s sustaining and sanctifying grace. 


Acknowledgements 

This sermon and the entire sermon series were influenced and impacted by the following commentaries, Bibles, books, teachings and sermons. I am so very grateful for the insight and ministries of those involved with each. Likewise, I am thankful for the insights and input from those who attend the sermon preparation time at FBCCK. 


Commentaries/Books/Teachings

NIV Compact Bible Commentary - John Sailhammer

The Message of the New Testament - 1 Timothy - Mark Dever

The Letters to Timothy and Titus - The Pillar New Testament Commentary - Robert Yarbrough 

The Pastoral Epistles - Tyndale New Testament Commentary - Donald Guthrie

1&2 Timothy and Titus - Preaching the Word Commentary - Bryan Chapell and R. Kent Hughes

1 Timothy - Reformed Expository Commentary - Philip Ryken 


Study Bibles

ESV Study Bible

HCSB Study Bible 

John McArthur Study Bible


Topics for the Prayer Time

*Those who have yet to believe in Jesus

*The unreached peoples of the earth

*Missionaries around the world and for more to go

*The spiritual growth of other believers and churches

*That you would have more spiritual gifts

*That Christians would remain faithful under persecution

*Those who are sick

*Those who have lost loved ones

*Those traveling

*Our nation, leaders, military, and civil servants

*Pray for the health and salvation of the unborn babies in our church

*Pray against the evils of abortion and human trafficking

*Pray for the University of Florida international students 

*Pray God would bless our efforts to in evangelism and discipleship

*Pray God would bless our community

*Pray God would bless the churches of those visiting us















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