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1Timothy 6

Thursday Evening Bible Study

March 22, 2018


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The book of Acts ends in AD 60 with Paul being in Rome under house arrest.

We believe Paul was later released, and visited various places, including Ephesus.

While traveling, Paul left Timothy in Ephesus to pastor the church.

Timothy had spent many years with Paul and was like a spiritual “son” to Paul.

This letter was written somewhere around AD 63, to guide Timothy to correct the problems in Ephesus.

Timothy is in his mid-forties about now.

Timothy would pastor the church for 30 years, and die a martyr in AD 97.

6:1-2 Servants

:1 Let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed.

:1 count their own masters worthy of all honor

yokezugos – a yoke; a yoke that is put on draught cattle; metaph., used of any burden or bondage; as that of slavery

bondservantsdoulos – a slave, bondman, man of servile condition; a slave

mastersdespotes – a master, Lord

counthegeomai – to lead; to consider, deem, account, think

honortime – a valuing by which the price is fixed; of the price itself; honor which belongs or is shown to one; of the honor which one has by reason of rank and state of office which he holds; deference, reverence

In 1Timothy 5, this counting of “honor” involved financial support (widows, elders).  But here it would not seem that a slave is going to financially support his master.  But he gives him honor in other ways.

In the Roman Empire, slaves made up anywhere from 15-35% of the population.

That’s about 5 million people in slavery.
The economy ran on the practice of slavery.
There were two main ways a person became a slave:
Conquered peoples became slaves.

Professional slave dealers followed the Roman armies, and with each new conquest, people were captured and sold as slaves.

People were sold for their debts.

If you got too far into debt, you could be sold into slavery.

Very few people were born into slavery because slaves tended not to have children.

Who would want to bring up children knowing they would be slaves the rest of their lives?

:1 that the name of God …may not be blasphemed

Jesus is concerned that His followers set a good example, even at being a good slave.

Christianity was quite a radical thing, proclaiming that all people slaves or free were created in the image of God.

During the first couple of centuries, Christianity became known as the religion of the slaves.

:2 And those who have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren, but rather serve them because those who are benefited are believers and beloved. Teach and exhort these things.

despisekataphroneo – to contemn, despise, disdain, think little or nothing of

rathermallon – more, to a greater degree, rather; much, by far; rather, sooner; more willingly, more readily, sooner.  NAS translates this, “but let them serve them all the more”.

benefitedeuergesia – a good deed, benefit

:2 let them not despise them


Honor your boss

The boss was complaining in the staff meeting the other day that he wasn’t getting any respect. Later that morning he went to a local sign shop and bought a small sign that read, “I’m the Boss”. He then taped it to his office door. Later that day when he returned from lunch, he found that someone had taped a note to the sign that said. “Your wife called, she wants her sign back!”
We no longer have the institution of slavery, be we do have employers and employees.
If the master was a pagan…
A Christian slave could understand showing respect to a pagan master because after all … he could have him killed.
The Christian slave also learned to honor his master for more than that though – the slave would be a witness to his master.
We want to be a good witness to the boss…

An ambitious, young executive is working late at corporate headquarters one evening. As he comes out of his office about 8:00 PM he sees the Big Boss standing by the shredder in the hallway, a piece of paper in his hand. “Do you know how to work this thing?” the older man asks “My secretary’s gone home and I don’t know how to run it.” “Yes, sir,” says the young executive, who efficiently turns on the machine, takes the paper from the other man, and feeds it in. “Great,” says his boss, “I just need the one copy...”

If the master was a believer …
The Christian slave was still to give the same respect to his master whether or not he was a believer.

A believing slave might think that he can now kick back and take it easy because his master is a believer.

Don’t take advantage of your boss if they’re a believer, work as hard as ever.

We might wonder why Paul doesn’t just tell the masters to set all their slaves free.
Believing masters were to treat their slaves with kindness, but with the economy in those days a servant of a good master might be better off than a free man without a job.
Paul encourages people to be free if they could be, but doesn’t command it.

(1 Corinthians 7:20–22 NLT) —20 Yes, each of you should remain as you were when God called you. 21 Are you a slave? Don’t let that worry you—but if you get a chance to be free, take it. 22 And remember, if you were a slave when the Lord called you, you are now free in the Lord. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now a slave of Christ.

6:3-10 Greed

:3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness,

:3 If anyone teaches otherwise

teach otherwiseheterodidaskaleo – to teach other or different doctrine; deviating from the truth

consentproserchomai – to come to, approach; draw near to; to assent to

wholesomehugiaino – to be sound, to be well, to be in good health

godlinesseusebeia – reverence, respect; piety towards God, godliness

doctrinedidaskalia – teaching, instruction; that which is taught, doctrine

Paul is warning Timothy that there would be men who are going to come along and want to teach something different.

Their teachings are not “wholesome” or “healthy”.
Their teachings do not agree with those of Jesus.
Jesus warned that you can’t serve two masters, you can’t serve both God and money.
Their teachings do not promote a respect for God.

Paul warned the elders at Ephesus a few years earlier about these kinds of men:

(Acts 20:29–30 NLT) —29 I know that false teachers, like vicious wolves, will come in among you after I leave, not sparing the flock. 30 Even some men from your own group will rise up and distort the truth in order to draw a following.

Paul now describes who would teach these kinds of things…

:4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions,

proudtuphoo – to raise a smoke, to wrap in a mist; metaph.  to make proud, puff up with pride, render insolent; to be puffed up with haughtiness or pride; to blind with pride or conceit, to render foolish or stupid

knowingepistamai – to put one’s attention on, fix one’s thoughts on, to turn one’s self or one’s mind to, put one’s thought upon a thing; to be acquainted with, to understand; to know

obsessednoseo – to be sick; metaph. of any ailment of the mind; to be taken with such an interest in a thing as amounts to a disease, to have a morbid fondness for

disputeszetesis – a seeking; a questioning, debate; a subject of questioning or debate, matter of controversy

arguments over wordslogomachia (“word” + “to fight”) – to contend about words; to wrangle about empty and trifling matters

This is not harmless “Words with Friends”, but “Words with Fights”.

envyphthonos – envy

strifeeris – contention, strife, wrangling

revilingblasphemia – slander, detraction, speech injurious, to another’s good name; impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty

suspicionshuponoia – a surmising

evilponeros – in an ethical sense: evil wicked, bad

(1 Timothy 6:4 NLT) Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions.

:5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

useless wranglingsparadiatribe – useless occupation, empty business, misemployment

corruptdiaphtheiro – to change for the worse, to corrupt; of minds, morals; to destroy, ruin; to consume

destituteapostereo – to defraud, rob, despoil

supposingnomizo – to hold by custom or usage, own as a custom or usage, to follow a custom or usage; it is the custom, it is the received usage; to deem, think, suppose

gainporismos – acquisition, gain; source of gain

godlinesseusebeia – reverence, respect; piety towards God, godliness

withdrawaphistemi – to make stand off, cause to withdraw, to remove; to stand off, to stand aloof

:5 who suppose that godliness is a means of gain

They would say that you should follow Jesus and follow their teachings because this will lead to wealth.

This is the central bad doctrine that Paul is zeroing in on.

I’m afraid the prosperity teachers sound awfully close to what Paul is describing.

:5 From such withdraw yourself

Paul doesn’t want Timothy hanging around these fellows.  He doesn’t want Timothy associated with these men.

:6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain.

Paul’s going to take the phrase and turn it around a little.

He will use the same Greek words for “godliness” and “gain” and put a different spin on it.

gainporismos – acquisition, gain; source of gain

godlinesseusebeia – reverence, respect; piety towards God, godliness

:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

we brought … intoeisphero – to bring into, in or to

carry … outekphero – to carry out, to bear forth

candunamai – to be able, have power

:7 it is certain we can carry nothing out

certaindelos – clear, evident, manifest

The old saying is “You can’t take it with you”. 

People do try. 
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:8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

fooddiatrophe – sustenance

clothingskepasma – a covering, spec. clothing

contentarkeo – to be possessed of unfailing strength; to be strong, to suffice, to be enough; to be satisfied, to be contented

Paul says that as long as he has something to eat and something to wear, he’s good.

:6 godliness with contentment is great gain


True Prosperity

contentmentautarkeia – a perfect condition of life in which no aid or support is needed; sufficiency of the necessities of life; a mind contented with its lot
Our mistake comes from thinking that “contentment” comes from “gain”, when it’s the opposite that’s true.
“Gain” comes from “contentment”.
Paul uses a related word for contentment when he writes to the Philippians:
(Philippians 4:11–13 NASB95) —11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Mexican Fisherman
The American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.  Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.  The Mexican replied, only a little while.   The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish?  The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.  The American then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”  The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life.”  The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you.  You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”  The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”  To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”  “But what then?”  The American laughed and said that’s the best part.  “When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”  Millions..  Then what?”  The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”
The real “gain” or “prosperity” we ought to be aiming for isn’t financial, but spiritual.
It doesn’t come from having “stuff” or “money”.
It comes from Christ.
(Hebrews 13:5 NKJV) Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

:9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.

desireboulomai – to will deliberately, have a purpose, be minded; of willing as an affection, to desire

be richplouteo – to be rich, to have abundance; of outward possessions

temptation peirasmos – an experiment, attempt, trial, proving; the trial of man’s fidelity, integrity, virtue, constancy; an enticement to sin, temptation, whether arising from the desires or from the outward circumstances

fall intoempipto – to fall into

snare pagis – snare, trap, noose; of snares in which birds are entangled and caught; implies unexpectedly, suddenly, because birds and beasts are caught unawares; a snare, i.e. whatever brings peril, loss, destruction

lustsepithumia – desire, craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden, lust

foolishanoetos – not understood, unintelligible; not understanding, unwise, foolish

harmfulblaberos – hurtful, injurious

drownbuthizo – to plunge into the deep, to sink

destructionolethros – ruin, destroy, death; for the destruction of the flesh, said of the external ills and troubles by which the lusts of the flesh are subdued and destroyed

perditionapoleia – destroying, utter destruction; a perishing, ruin, destruction; the destruction which consists of eternal misery in hell

If your life is focused on becoming wealthy, you’re setting yourself up for trouble.

:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

love of moneyphilarguria – love of money, avarice

coveted after oregomai – to stretch one’s self out in order to touch or to grasp something, to reach after or desire something

strayed apoplanao – to cause to go astray; to lead away from the truth to error; to go astray, stray away from

pierced themselvesperipeiro – to pierce through; metaph. to torture one’s soul with sorrows

sorrowsodune – consuming grief, pain, sorrow

:10 the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil

Money isn’t the root of all evil.

It’s the love of money that leads to trouble.

When you make your life to be all about money, you will find yourself “pierced” with many sorrows.  You will be quite disappointed.

Even if you achieve significant wealth, you will not be happy.


Discouragement comes when you try to start with what you wish you had but don't have.  And it intensifies when you insist on trying to be in a position you are not in and probably never will be in.
-- Stuart Briscoe, Bound For Joy, Regal Books 1975, 1984, p. 95

6:11-16 The Good Confession

:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.

fleepheugo – to flee away, seek safety by flight; metaph. to flee (to shun or avoid by flight) something abhorrent, esp. vices

pursuedioko – to make to run or flee, put to flight, drive away; to run swiftly in order to catch a person or thing, to run after; to press on: figuratively of one who in a race runs swiftly to reach the goal; without the idea of hostility, to run after, follow after: someone; metaph., to pursue; to seek after eagerly, earnestly endeavour to acquire

loveagape – brotherly love, affection, good will, love, benevolence

patiencehupomone – steadfastness, constancy, endurance; a patient, steadfast waiting for; a patient enduring, sustaining, perseverance

:11 pursue righteousness, godliness, faith…

Paul uses language that gives the picture of running.

We need to “run away” from the “love of money”.

We need to be “running toward” things like righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness

gentlenesspraotes – gentleness, mildness, meekness

An attitude and behavior that comes from humility, where you are able to receive whatever comes to you from others or from God.

:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

lay hold onepilambanomai – to take in addition, to lay hold of, take possession of, overtake, attain, attain to; to lay hold of or to seize upon anything with the hands, to take hold of, lay hold of

confessedhomologeo – to say the same thing as another, i.e. to agree with, assent; not to deny; to confess; to profess; to declare openly, speak out freely; to profess one’s self the worshipper of one

fightagon – the assembly of the Greeks at their national games; hence the contest for a prize at their games; generally, any struggle or contest

:12 Fight the good fight of faith

fightagonizomai – to enter a contest: contend in the gymnastic games; to contend with adversaries

Our word “agonize” comes from this.

The life of a Christian is a “fight” of “faith”.  It’s a life of learning to trust God at all times.

This life of faith isn’t easy.  It’s as tough as competing in the Olympics.
Paul used the same word here –
(1 Corinthians 9:25–27 NKJV) —25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
At the end of his own life, Paul declared,
(2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

We need to aim our lives at finishing well in this race of life.

:12 have confessed the good confession

The good confession is what you say about Jesus.

(Matthew 10:32–33 NKJV) —32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

:13 I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate,

I urgeparaggello – to command, order, charge

in the sightenopion – in the presence of, before

gives lifezoopoieo – to produce alive, begat or bear living young; to cause to live, make alive, give life; by spiritual power to arouse and invigorate; to restore to life; of the spirit, quickening as respects the spirit, endued with new and greater powers of life

:13 who witnessed the good confession

Even Jesus made a “good confession” before Pilate about the truth of who He was.

(Matthew 27:11 NLT) Now Jesus was standing before Pilate, the Roman governor. “Are you the king of the Jews?” the governor asked him. Jesus replied, “You have said it.”

:14 that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing,

keeptereo – to attend to carefully, take care of

without spotaspilos – spotless; metaph.  free from censure, irreproachable; free from vice, unsullied

blamelessanepileptos – not apprehended, that cannot be laid hold of; that cannot be reprehended, not open to censure, irreproachable

Paul used this word to describe the conduct of an elder:

(1 Timothy 3:2 NKJV) A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;

He is to look for men who are “blameless”, but he, Timothy, is also to be “blameless”.

appearingepiphaneia – an appearing, appearance

:14 you keep this commandment

commandmententole – an order, command, charge, precept, injunction

Which commandment?

It probably refers to all that Paul has been telling Timothy through the course of the letter.
The entire “charge” of 1Timothy.

Timothy is to keep serving Jesus until Jesus comes.

:15 which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

:15 the blessed and only Potentate

The next couple of phrases are set apart in the Greek to read as if they are a grand title of an important person (through the word “Amen” in the next verse)

Potentatedunastes (“power”) – a prince, a potentate

The Romans did not like the Christians saying things like this about Jesus.

To Rome, the Emperor was the only one who deserved titles like this.

The Roman Emperor was a king above all kings.  He was a lord over all lords.

:16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.

:16 who alone has immortality

immortalityathanasia (“not” + “die”) – undying, immortality, everlasting

The Roman Emperors might have been a king above other kings, but even Roman Emperors die.

:16 dwelling in unapproachable light

Again, something beyond a human.

unapproachableaprositos (“not” + “near” + “being”) – unapproachable, inaccessible

I think of the brightest light possible – light that shines right through you, exposing everything hidden in your life.

I think of the power of the sun – who can get close to it and not burn up.

:16 whom no man has seen or can see

Jesus said,

(John 6:46 NKJV) Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.

:16 to whom be honor and everlasting power

This is the amazing powerful God that we serve.

honortime – a valuing by which the price is fixed; honor which belongs or is shown to one

powerkratos – force, strength; power, might: mighty with great power

6:17-19 Instructions for the rich

:17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.

commandparaggello – to transmit a message along from one to another, to declare, announce; to command, order, charge

presentνun at this time, the present, now

haughtyhupselophroneo – to be high minded, proud

to enjoyapolausis – enjoyment

:17 nor to trust in uncertain riches

trustelpizo – to hope; to have an expectation of good

Don’t expect your wealth to solve all your problems.

uncertainadelotos – uncertainty

Are riches “uncertain”?

Ask anyone who has invested in the stock market.

It is not easy for a rich person to trust in God.

When Jesus was asked by a rich young man about going to heaven, Jesus ultimately put His finger on the man’s wealth, and told the young fellow he needed to get rid of his money and give to the poor (Mat. 19:21)
(Matthew 19:21 NKJV) Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
The young fellow just couldn’t do it.  He couldn’t let go of his money.  He would rather “hope” in his money than in God.
(Matthew 19:23–24 NKJV) —23 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

At some of the city gates, there was a small opening to allow a single person to come through after the gates were closed for the night.

The opening was called the “eye of the needle”.

It wouldn’t be impossible for a camel to get through it, but it would be pretty difficult, especially if it was carrying any kind of a load.

Jesus didn’t require every wealthy person to give up all their money, in fact, Paul says…

:18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,

do goodagathoergeo to do good, to show kindness, act rightly

ready to giveeumetadotos – ready or free to impart; liberal

willing to sharekoinonikos – social, sociable, ready and apt to form and maintain communion and fellowship; inclined to make others sharers in one’s possessions, inclined to impart, free in giving, liberal

:19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

:19 storing up for themselves a good foundation

foundationthemelios – laid down as a foundation, the foundation (of a building, wall, city)

lay hold onepilambanomai – to take in addition, to lay hold of, take possession of, overtake, attain, attain to

storing upapothesaurizo (“away” + “to put in the treasury”) – to put away, lay by in store, to treasure away; to store up abundance for future use

It’s the idea of putting money in the bank.

How do we make deposits to our account in heaven?

:18 Let them do good


Heaven’s Bank

This is something that a believer can do who has been given wealth.
Anybody can do this, whether you have money or not.
Jesus said,
(Matthew 6:19–21 NKJV) —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.

They say, “You can’t take it with you”, but you can send it up ahead.  You can lay up treasures in heaven by doing good things on earth.

6:20-21 Protect good doctrine

:20 O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge—

committed to your trustparakatatheke – a deposit, a trust or thing consigned to one’s faithful keeping

guardphulasso – to guard; to watch, keep watch

avoidingektrepo – to turn or twist out; to turn off or aside; to be turned aside; to turn away from, to shun a thing, to avoid meeting or associating with one

profanebebelos – accessible, lawful to be trodden; profane; unhallowed, common, public place

idle babblingskenophonia – empty discussion, discussion of vain and useless matters

contradictionsantithesis – opposition, that which is opposed

falsely so calledpseudonumos – falsely named

:21 by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.

:20 what is falsely called knowledge

knowledgegnosis – knowledge signifies in general intelligence, understanding

By this time, the heresy known as Gnosticism was beginning to raise its ugly head.

Gnosticism claimed to have special secret knowledge about all sorts of things, and if you paid the teachers, you were given access to this secret knowledge and allowed to progress to the next level.

professingepaggello – to announce that one is about to do or furnish something; to promise (of one’s own accord) to engage voluntarily; to profess; an art, to profess one’s skill in something

strayedastocheo – to deviate from, miss (the mark)

:20 avoiding the profane and idle babblings


Good Doctrine

Paul’s concern has been for Timothy to help make some corrections in the church in Ephesus.
I’d say the thing Paul seemed most concerned about was regarding bad doctrine:
(1 Timothy 1:3–4 NKJV) —3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4 nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.
(1 Timothy 4:1 NKJV) Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons…
(1 Timothy 4:7 NKJV) But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.
(1 Timothy 4:16 NKJV) Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
And from tonight…
(1 Timothy 6:3–5 NKJV) —3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.
And now our current verses…
(1 Timothy 6:20–21 NKJV) —20 O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge—21 by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.
If you become a teacher in the church, be careful that you don’t get carried away with looking for some new thing to teach. 
Be careful about looking for some new, hidden meaning in a Scripture.
The best way to make sure you stay on track with your teaching is to simply teach through the Scripture.
The simple, plain meaning of a verse is usually the best.