Dear Reader – IF you have not accepted Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour of your life – it is our belief that time is running out. To receive and accept Jesus as Lord is as simple as A. B. C.
A – ACCEPT that you are a sinner, and you need the blood of Jesus to cleanse you of your sins.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
B – BELIEVE in you heart that Jesus is the Son of God and He came and died on the cross to take away the sins of Mankind.
John 3:15-18 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
C – CONFESS – Confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Romans 10:9-11 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
PRAY THIS PRAYER IF YOU BELIEVE THE ABOVE
Heavenly Father – I come to you as a sinner in need of the blood of Jesus who shed His blood on the cross of Calvary to forgive me and take away my sins. I ask that You forgive me and wash me and cleanse me with the blood of Jesus of all my sins Lord. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I accept Him today as the Lord and Saviour of my life. I ask Lord that you send your Holy Spirit to come and live within me and help guide my footsteps as I walk in the newness of the new life in Christ Jesus. I thank you Father for writing my name down in the Lamb’s Book of life. In Jesus name I pray. AMEN.
Brothers and Sisters – if you prayed the above pray for the first time – you are NOW born again. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF GOD.
I would encourage you to tell others of your new found faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Find a church that preaches and teaches the undiluted Word of God without fear of man, and start to grow in the Lord.
WEEK 52: Revelation 22:20 He which testifeth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus.
Revelation was written about 95 0r 96 A.D by the Apostle John while in exile on the Isle of Patmos.
The Book of Revelation:(1) It is a book of symbols and imagery, and constantly creates excitement and wonder. (2) It is a book of wars, but war always ends in peace. The word war occurs seven times in Revelation, and only seven times in all the rest of the New Testament. (3) It is a book of thunder, but the thunder and earthquake die away and are followed by liturgies and psalms. (4) It is a book of the rewards of the righteous. This is seen in the letters to the seven churches, and in the victories in all conflicts and wars in the book. (5) It is, therefore, a book of optimism. Everywhere God overcomes Satan, the Lamb triumphs, Babylon falls.
Despite what many think, the Book of Revelation is an Book of encouragement for the following reasons: (1) Its testimony to the faith and hope of persecuted Christians and in the comfort and inspiration it has brought to sorrowing and oppressed souls of every age. (2) It points out that there will be an end of conflict, that God and the Lamb will triumph, that the enemies of our souls will be punished and that the followers of God will be rewarded with eternal reward. GOOD WILL ALWAYS TRIUMPH EVIL!!!
“He which testifieth these things”. All that is contained in this Book is for the encouragement of the Church in all her afflictions, and a warning to all her oppressors and persecutors; Surely I come quickly – to judge and punish all My enemies, and the enemies of My cause and people and to establish My church in a state of perfect and everlasting happiness.
“Surely, I come quickly” – to call each one to give an account of his stewardship, and to enter according to his conduct and character, on the retributions of eternity. Whatever we do for our own salvation, or that of others, we must do so NOW for in the grave to which we are hastening – there is no work. We have one life – live it!!! This is the only shot that we have at life. Whatever we deposit on earth – whatever seeds we sow on earth, we only get to make withdrawals when we get to heaven. The Apostle Paul exhorting the Church at Philippi put it this way:
Philippians 4:17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
Paul was not talking about an earthly account here, but a spiritual account – which all we who profess to be Christians have – only we have no access to it now whilst on earth.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave, whither thou goest.
It is Jesus speaking here in Revelation 22:20 – John hearing those words spoken by the Master expresses his earnest desire and hope of this, by answering, Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus – accomplish Thy promises in order: and FINALLY crown the faith, patience, and continued diligence of Thy servants with eternal life.
WEEK 51: Jude 20 But ye beloved, building yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.
The author of this Book is Jude who was the brother of James. The purpose of his writing was because false teachers were boldly teaching their heresies in the meetings of the congregation. These men were also very immoral in conduct and the epistle is written to expose their errors and to exhort his readers to contend for the true faith and to live worthy lives. In many points it is very similar to the second letter of Peter.
It was probably written about A. D. 66. It certainly must have been written before A. D. 70 when Jerusalem was destroyed, as Jude would hardly have failed to mention that event along with other examples of punishment.
Jude closes his epistle with directions and advice how they may be preserved from seduction, and what means they should use for their perseverance and establishment in the doctrine of Christ.
Building up means to edify themselves by the word which is the source of the most holy faith.
Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
Praying in the Holy Ghost (or Spirit) is of necessity when praying. Jude directs them to build up themselves in their most holy faith; that is, in the doctrine of faith contained in the Gospel. The faith of Christians is a most holy faith. Holy in its principles. Holy in its pattern. Holy in its encouragements and rewards. That it is the duty, and ought to be the endeavour, of every Christian – to build himself up, and others also, in the faith of the Gospel. The best way for Christians not to be losers of what they have, is to be labourers for what they want – to keep on keeping on in our faith of Christianity is the best means to preserve us from apostasy.
Jude exhorts us to prayer – praying in the Holy Ghost – that is, with holy reverence, with humble confidence, with fervent importunity, with those holy affections and desires which the Spirit of God excites in us. The presence of the Holy Spirit is necessary both to assistance and acceptance in prayer; it enables us to pray in faith and love, with sincerity and importunity; without the Spirit there is no acceptable praying. Breathing is the first evidence of life. Prayer should be the life blood of every Christian.
As soon as Saul (Paul) was converted – he prayed and was baptised.
Acts 9:18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales; and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptised.
WEEK 50: 1 John 4:19 We love Him, because He first loved us.
The Apostle John probably wrote this letter from Ephesus 80 or 85 A. D, although some put it as early as A. D. 69, while others put it as late as A. D. 95.
John addressed his letter primarily to the churches of Asia Minor in which John by reason of his work at Ephesus had a special interest. It is evident that those addressed were of all ages and were hated of the world. They were inclined to worldliness and to the danger of looking too lightly upon sin. They were also in danger of being led into doubt by those who denied the deity of Jesus.
It is more in the form of a sermon or pastoral address than of an epistle. It is written with a tone of conscious authority. The thought is profound and mystical, but the language is simple both in words and in sentences. The main purpose was to tell them how they might know that they had eternal life –
1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
We love Him from a sense of obligation and gratitude. We love Him from the knowledge of His own agape love to us; from His love shed abroad in our hearts, our love to Him proceeds. It is the seed from where our love for Him springs.
The love of God is:
(2) It is displayed in Christ.
(3) It has always been a love of complacency and delight.
(4) It is unchangeable.
(5) It is everlasting.
(6) That love is of God, He is its source and producer.
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
(7) That we love because by His gracious goodness we are begotten of God and know God.
(8) That God is love, holy love to those in the light.
1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not god, for God is love.
(9) That God’s love was made fully known in sending His only unique Son into the world that we might live through Him.
1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
(10) That He revealed His love by sending His Son to be the propitiation for our sins, that is, to be the means of turning away from us God’s aversion to and hatred of sin.
1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
What are the characteristics of a Christian’s love to God?
(1) It is caused or produced by the love of God.
(2) It is influenced by the love of God.
(3) It is manifested in various ways.
(4) Love to God is necessary.
(5) Our love to God springs from the knowledge of Him and faith in Him.
(6) It includes the highest esteem of Him.
(7) It includes earnest desires after His grace and favour, communion with Him, and the enjoyment of Him.
(8) It includes or produces complacency, joy, and delight in Him.
(9) It includes or springs from a thankful sense of His benefits.
(10) Love to God also includes goodwill to, and zeal for, His honour and glory in the world.
“Because he first loved us”. His love to us opened the way for and was the procuring cause of our love to Him. The gift of the Saviour and the way of life which He has opened, the gift of the Holy Spirit, the preaching of the Gospel and all the means of grace, the regeneration of Man, our sanctification and hope of glory, our perseverance in holiness, and our eternal life, are all the fruit and manifestation of the infinite and eternal love of God.
WEEK 49: 1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
The author of this epistle was the Apostle Peter, whose name before he became a disciple, was Simon. He was born in Bethsaida and lived in Capernaum where he was a fisherman. He was brought to Jesus by Andrew, his brother, and became one of the leaders of the Apostles, both before and after Christ’s death. He was impetuous, brave and energetic, and after the ascension of Christ Jesus he performed many miracles.
First Peter. The theme of the epistle is about the sojourn of the dispersion (1 Peter1:1) which points to Jewish Christians. They were strangers (sojourners) 1 Peter1:1, 17; 1 Peter 2:11. They were persecuted 1 Peter 3:17; 1 Peter 4:12-19. However, the persecution came, not from the Jews, but from pagans 1 Peter 4:3-4. They had certain faults and wrong tendencies 1 Peter 2:1, 11, 12, 16; 8:8-12; 1 Peter 4:9; 1 Peter 5:2-3.
The purpose of his letter was to console them in their suffering, and to exhort them to faithfulness and duty. It was probably written about 64-68 A. D. Certainly not after 70 A. D., as he was put to death before then. Peter did not think himself worthy to be crucified in the same manner as His Saviour Jesus Christ – he was therefore crucified upside down.
“But the end of all things”. The last judgment which will put an end to all the evils as well as good things of this world. That is, of all things relating to the Jewish temple, City, and Nation – an event, which so strongly corroborated the prophecies, and was on many accounts so alarming in itself, it added credence to the Christian faith. In opposition to the fleshly lusts of the Heathens, hinted at 1 Peter 4:6 and mentioned expressly, 1 Peter 4:2-4, Christians are exhorted to be sober, or temperate; and in opposition to the stupor and security of the unbelieving Jews, they were to watch unto prayer; that they might not be involved in the like calamities with the unbelieving Jews and apostate Christians.
“Is at hand” – James 5:7-8 7 Be patient therefore brethren unto the coming of the Lord. Behold the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
“Be ye therefore sober”; both in mind, prudent, moderate.
Titus 2:6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded…… and in body, temperate in meats and drinks. Be sober in prayer. Prayer is to pray with due respect to God’s majesty, without trifling or vain babbling; to let our words be few. Also it is to keep God’s counsel, not to be proud or boast of success. It is to submit our will to the will of God.
“And watch” – The word signifies both sobriety, in opposition to drunkenness.
1 Thessalonians 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet of salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
“Unto prayer” The end for which they should be sober and vigilant, is that they might observe every season fit for prayer, and might still keep themselves in a praying frame. Fight against dullness of body, drowsiness of spirit, satanical suggestions, distractions that will consume our every waking moment, whose end game is to prevent us from praying and seeking the Lord.
2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Satan hates all those who have washed, cleansed and redeemed by the precious Blood of the Lamb of God – Who was slain from the foundations of the world. Satan will stop at nothing to get Christians to fall in their walk with the Lord. We should “not be ignorant of his devices”.
WEEK 48: James 1:22 But be ye doers of the Word. And not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
The Author – Three persons called James are mentioned in the New Testament. One of these is James, the Lord’s brother (Matthew. 13:55) who did not believe on Jesus until after His resurrection. Josephus tells us that he was stoned to death about 62 A. D. on a charge of departing from the Jewish law. James, the Lord’s brother, is thought to be the author of this epistle.
This letter was written to the Jews scattered everywhere.
James1:1 James a servant of God, and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
The chief characteristic of style is abruptness. Change is made from one subject to another with no effort to connect them. There is, therefore, no general subject, and a lack of close connection between the points of analysis. It is eloquent, stern and sincere, and has a distinct Jewish tone. It lacks the doctrinal emphasis found in Paul’s writings and states the Christian faith in terms of moral excellence and instructs them in the subject of Christian morals. It is notable for two omissions. (1) It does not have the resurrection or ascension. (2) It only mentions Christ’s name twice.
James wrote this epistle in Jerusalem where he was a Pastor, but the date of his penning it is disputed. Some put it as early as A. D. 40. Others say it was written not later than A. D. 50. Still others put it about A. D. 61 or 62, just before the martyrdom of James. It is probably safe to say that it was one of the very earliest of the New Testament books.
“Be ye doers of the word”. The “doer” here is not the same as in Romans 2:13 who satisfied the law of God and fulfilled it in every part, but the doer is he who from the heart embraces God’s word and testifies by his life that he really believes, according to the saying of Christ
Romans 2:13 For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
Luke 11:28 Blessed are they that hear the Word of God and keep it.
James is very conscious of the danger of hearing and not doing. He had previously been like this himself.
John 7:3-5 3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judea that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. 4 For there is no man that doeth anything in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. 5 For neither did his brethren believe in Him.
James had seen among the Jews how easy it was to be a hearer in the synagogues every Sabbath and yet not be a doer. He had seen it also among the Pharisees. He does not want this repeated among the new Israel. So he calls on them not only to be hearers of the Word which is proclaimed to them, as those who have received the truth, but also to be doers of it. They must be like the wise man who built his house on a rock, who heard and did the Word of Jesus, and not the foolish man who built his house on sand and heard but did not do (Matthew 7:24-27). They must recognise that if they hear but do not do they are deluding themselves about being a Christian.
The message is a very important one. The New Testament as a whole has no place for those who hear but do not do. As Jesus Himself said:
Luke 6:46 Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do the things which I say”?
WEEK 47: Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
The author of Hebrews is unknown. Many speculate that it is the writings of the Apostle Paul, but there is no definitive agreed upon consensus as to who the writer is. It was addressed to Hebrew Christians. Several things, however, may be learned about them. (1) They had steadfastly endured persecution and the loss of property. (2) They had shown sympathy with other Christians. (3) They had been Christians for some time. (4) They were now in danger of apostasy to Judaism. (5) They were suffering persecution.
The purpose of the Book was to prevent apostasy from Christianity to Judaism and to comfort them in their suffering and persecution. To accomplish this purpose the author shows, by a series of comparisons, that faith in Christ is superior to that which preceded it.
“Are they not all ministering spirits”? All the angels, even those of the highest order, are employed by their Creator to serve those who believe in Christ Jesus. What these services are, and how performed, it would be impossible to state. Much has been written on the subject, partly founded on Scripture, and partly on conjecture. They are, no doubt, constantly employed in averting evil and procuring good. Since God helps Man by using man, we need not wonder that He also helps Man by employing angels. God needs none of those helps, for He is able to do all things Himself; yet it seems agreeable to His infinite wisdom and goodness to use them.
A “ministering” spirit is one that is employed to execute the will of God. The proper meaning of the word here – is, “pertaining to public service” or “the service of the people”. It is applied particularly to those who were engaged in the public service of the temple. They were those who rendered aid to others; who were helpers, or servants. They are employed to render aid or assistance to others – to Christians.
“Sent forth to minister for them” It would appear that they move at His order, and go and come at His command. Their employment is directed by Him. He sends them forth to deliver His errands. Appointed by God for this. They are sent – are under His control; are in a subordinate capacity.
Acts 5:19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said.
Acts 12:7 And behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shineth in the prison, and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
Acts 12:11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent His angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectations of the people of the Jews.
Our heavenly Father also sends forth His angels to reveal His will to them.
Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto His servant’s things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by his angel unto His servant John.
Psalms 103:21 Bless ye the LORD, all ye His hosts, ye ministers of His that do His pleasure.
All the parts of ministry to which He appoints them, they cheerfully, swiftly, and effectually perform their duties.
“Who shall be heirs of salvation” God has chosen and called us to be children to Himself and “joint-heirs” with His only Son. The saints have their privileges not by works of righteousness, but by inheritance. They are joint-heirs with Christ. Adam was the heir of the world, Genesis 1:28-29, but he lost his inheritance. The second Adam is appointed heir of all things, and the inheritance is secured by His love and power to all the children of promise.
1 Corinthians 15: 45 And so it was written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1 Corinthians 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.
Those who are saved inherit glory, therefore salvation includes, not only deliverance from misery, but also the possession of glory.
WEEK 46: Philemon 18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account.
Philemon lived at Colossae and was probably a convert of Paul and member of the Colossian church. Onesimus was a slave of Philemon who had robbed his master (Philemon 18) and fled to Rome where he had been converted under Paul’s preaching (Philemon 10). It is the only private letter written by Paul and is written to tell Philemon of the conversion he had with Onesimus and to make a plea for him. Through the kindness shown to Onesimus we have revealed to us the great kindness of the Apostle’s heart. He was a soul winner. He became all things to all men that he might save some (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
He speaks to Philemon not as an Apostle in authority, but as a friend to a friend, thereby showing his great courtesy and humility.. The letter is of great value as showing the power of the Gospel to win and transform a poor slave and to soften the harsh relations between the different classes of ancient society. Written in Rome about A. D. 63.
“If he hath wronged thee”. Here we find confirmation of the doctrine of “restitution”. Where any person has injured another, he is obliged by the laws of God and conscience to make reparation as far as he is able, even where the law of the land may not compel him to do so; unless the injured party freely forgives him.
Many people became slaves because they owed money and had to sell themselves into slavery to pay their debts. Onesimus was probably a slave because of this very thing. Quite possibly he was a slave for Philemon to pay off a debt. Paul is asking Philemon to forgive that debt. This could very well be Paul saying release Onesimus and send him back to me. I’ll take care of paying off whatever he still owes you.
Obviously, Onesimus had wronged Philemon by running out on him. All the work which Onesimus was supposed to do now had to be taken care of by someone else. Paul is asking Philemon to act as a Christian should and forgive Onesimus. This former slave can obviously not go back in time and fix the problem. The only thing he can do is to try to be the best slave he can be in the present and in the future.
This is a lesson that many people need to learn. Many want to hold the past against people forever. Paul is telling Philemon that he needs to put the past behind him. And if he still wants to hold grudges, Paul says transfer that to me. This again shows Paul’s love and confidence in Onesimus. If Onesimus ran off again, Paul would look very silly, a trusting fool for putting his own reputation on the line for a runaway slave. But Paul shows that we are to trust others when they say they’ve changed.
Remember Jesus’ words to Peter? Peter said “how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Till seven times”? Jesus’ response was “not until seven times, but seventy times seven”!(Matthew 18:21-22). Jesus later went on to say:
Matthew 18:34-3534 And his lord was wroth and delivered him to the tormenters till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do unto you if ye FROM YOUR HEARTS forgive not everyone his brother their trespasses.
Luke 17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent, thou shalt forgive him.
This is what Philemon was now going to have to put into practice!
WEEK 45: Titus 3:10 A man is a heretic, after the first and second admonition reject.
Not much is known of the work of Titus, but from Galatians 2:1-5; 2 Corinthians 2:12-13; 7:2-16 and Titus 1:5 and 3:12, we learn: (1) That he was a Gentile whom Paul carried to Jerusalem, (2) That by the liberty of the Gospel the Jerusalem Council did not require him to be circumcised. (3) That he was a capable and an energetic missionary. (4) That Paul had left him in Crete to finish the work which he had begun there.
The Book was written to counsel Titus concerning the work Paul had left him to do (Titus1:5). It contains: (1) the qualifications of the presbyters to be selected, (2) the method of dealing with false teachings; (3) instructions to the different classes of the church; (4) exhortations to Titus himself. This Book was likely written from Macedonia A.D 66
A heretic after a first and second admonition reject. A man that is a heretic – Generally defined, is one that is obstinately attached to an opinion contrary to the peace and comfort of society, and will neither submit to Scripture nor reason. Here it means a person who maintains Judaism in opposition to Christianity, or who insists on the necessity of circumcision in order to be saved. This is obviously the meaning of the word heretic in the only place in which it occurs in the Bible. This person would be known as a heretic in the scriptural sense.
Avoid such a person. Leave him to himself. A heretic is a man that obstinately persists in contending about foolish questions and thereby occasions strife and animosities, schisms and parties in the church. His punishment likewise is here fixed. Shun him, avoid him. Try or attempt to convince him of his error; but if he will not receive instruction, if he has shut his heart against conviction, then leave him. Do him no harm in body, soul, character, or substance; hold no communion with him; but leave him to God.
WEEK 44: 1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil, which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Timothy was a native of Lycaonia. His father was a Greek, but his mother and grandmother were Jews (2 Timothy 1:5). He was taught the Scriptures from his very youth (2 Timothy 3:15), and was probably converted during Paul’s first visit to Lystra (Acts 14:8-20). He was ordained as an evangelist (1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6), and, after Paul’s second visit to Lystra. He spent most of his time with Paul (Acts 16:1). He also did much valuable service for Paul, and was greatly esteemed by him (Acts 17:14; 18:5; 20:4). He was pastor at Ephesus and while there received these letters (1 Timothy 1:3-4). Paul desired to have him with him when death came (2 Timothy 4:9; 13, 21).
This epistle was written by Paul to Timothy whilst Timothy was Pastor at Ephesus, probably between A. D. 64 and 66. Its purpose was to instruct Timothy with regard to his pastoral duties. It reflects the condition of the church and especially the errors which he would correct or against which he wished to warn his true child in the faith.
“For the love of money”. It is not money in itself (which is simply a tool) that is evil, but the immoderate “LOVE of it” – whether discerned in an over eager desire after it, or an excessive delight in it, is the cause of much evil, both of sin and punishment. NO! – Rather it is a root which produces all kinds of evil; greed, covetousness, envy, deceit, disregard for others, the argument that all is fair in business, the scheming of schemes to get money out of others, self-accumulation, and so on, with the result that the hunger for true righteousness and godly living disappears.
Many often do not realise what is happening but soon gold has become their god, and they often try to even justify their greed by claiming that it is God-provided. Thus they float along enjoying their riches and leave the world to fend for itself. Not for them teaching about widows, and the needy and care for one another and laying up treasure in Heaven. To them God is the treasure chest on which they draw for their own indulgence, the hole in the wall into which they feed their pin number, not the One Whom they seek to please by following the teachings of Jesus. They are takers and not givers.
“Which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith” which money while some too greedily thirsted after, they have erred, or been seduced from the faith, that is, the doctrine of the Gospel, or profession of Christianity.
“And pierced themselves through with many sorrows” and exposed themselves to a great many sorrows, which have pierced their very souls, such as cares, troubles for the loss of their estates.
It was for the love of money that:
Caused the rich younger ruler to turn away from Christ (Matthew 19:16 -23).
Caused the rich fool to deceive himself (Luke 12 16-21).
Caused the rich man to neglect Lazarus (Luke 16:19-24).
Caused Judas to betray his Master and commit suicide (Matthew 26:14-16; Matthew 27:3-5)
Caused Ananias and Sapphira to tell lies (Acts 5:1-10).
These all and many others recorded in the Scriptures have made shipwreck of their faith through eagerness to gain riches.