In 1 Timothy 6:6-19 Paul explains to Timothy that living an eternal life will make us more than happy — even if all we have is the clothing on our back and bread for the day. He goes so far as to say that this is “the life that really is life.” Paul is saying that Christians must flee from any other kind of way of life that is not the way of eternal life. This way is found in the teachings of Jesus.
Paul is warning against a worldly way of living that will kill the eternal life in a Christian. He reminds believers to be content with a godly lifestyle and with the basics: food and clothing. He urges the rich to share with the poor so that they might receive in their own day of need. In our own day, the greatest single indicator that we are living an eternal life is our treatment of others.
Jesus confesses before Pilate that he has come into the world to bear witness to the truth (John 18:37). Paul reminds Timothy that he made the very same “good confession” (v. 1 Tim 6:12). We have made the same “good confession” in our baptism. And just as Christ gave away eternal life (Rom. 6:23) from the riches of his eternal dominion (1 Tim. 6:16), so we can imitate Christ by giving from our own wealth.
Preached on September 25, 2016 at Holy Trinity Church Inwood.