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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Timothy 6:6-12

From the mention of the abuse which some put upon religion, making it to serve their secular advantages, the apostle, I. Takes occasion to show the excellency of contentment and the evil of covetousness. 1. The excellency of contentment, 1 Tim. 6:6-8. Some account Christianity an advantageous profession for this world. In the sense they mean this is false; yet it is undoubtedly true that, though Christianity is the worst trade, it is the best calling in the world. Those that make a trade of... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 1 Timothy 6:11-16

6:11-16 But you, O man of God, flee from these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; lay hold on eternal life, to which you are called, now that you have witnessed a noble profession of your faith in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the sight of God, who makes all things alive, and in the sight of Christ Jesus, who, in the days of Pontius Pilate, witnessed his noble confession, that you keep the commandment,... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 1 Timothy 6:11-16

As Timothy is challenged to the task of the future, he is inspired with the memories of the past. (i) He is to remember his baptism and the vows he took there. In the circumstances of the early Church, baptism was inevitably adult baptism, for men were coming straight from heathenism to Christ. It was confession of faith and witness to all men that the baptised person had taken Jesus Christ as Saviour, Master and Lord. The earliest of all Christian confessions was the simple creed: "Jesus... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of faith ,.... The apostle suggests to Timothy, that he had other business to do than to mind the things of this world; his life was a state of warfare; he was a soldier, and was not to entangle himself with the things of this life; he had many enemies to engage with, as Satan, and his principalities and powers; sin, and the lusts of the flesh; the world, and the men of it, and a great fight of afflictions to endure with them; as also false teachers, with, whom... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of faith - " Agonize the good agony." Thou hast a contest to sustain in which thy honor, thy life, thy soul, are at stake. Live the Gospel, and defend the cause of God. Unmask hypocrites, expel the profligate, purge and build up the Church, live in the spirit of thy religion, and give thyself wholly to this work. Lay hold on eternal life - All this is in allusion to the exercises in the public Grecian games: Fight, conquer, and seize upon the prize; carry off the... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Timothy 6:12

Verse 12 12Fight the good fight of faith In the next epistle he says, “He who hath become a soldier doth not entangle himself with matters inconsistent with his calling.” (2 Timothy 2:4.) In like manner, in order to withdraw Timothy from excessive solicitude about earthly things, he reminds him that he must “fight;” for carelessness and self-indulgence arise from this cause, that the greater part wish to serve Christ at ease, and as if it were pastime, whereas Christ calls all his servants to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Timothy 6:6-21

The contrast . There is no more effectual way of bringing out the peculiar beauties and excellences of any system or character than by contrasting with it the opposite system or character. Let us do this in regard to the two characters which are here brought before us, and the uses of money by them respectively. I. THE MONEY - LOVER . The love of money sits at the helm of his inner man. It is the spring of all his thoughts, desires, and actions. Observe what is his ruling... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Timothy 6:12

The faith for faith, A.V.; the life eternal for eternal life, A.V.; wast for art also, A.V. and T.R.; didst confess the good confession for hast professed a good profession, A.V.; in the sight of for before, A.V. Fight the good fight . This is not quite a happy rendering. ἀγών is the "contest" at the Olympic assembly for any of the prizes, in wrestling, chariot-racing, foot-racing, music, or what not. ἀγωνίζεσθαι τὸν ἀγῶνα is to "carry on such a contest". The comparison is... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of faith - The noble conflict in the cause of religion; see the notes on Ephesians 6:10-17; compare notes on 1 Corinthians 9:26-27. The allusion is to the contests at the Grecian games.Lay hold on eternal life - As the crown of victory that is held out to you. Seize this as eagerly as the competitors at the Grecian games laid hold on the prize; see the notes on 1 Corinthians 9:25.Whereunto thou art also called - That is, by the Spirit of God, and by the very nature of your... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Timothy 6:11-12

1 Timothy 6:11-12. But thou, O man of God Whatever all the world else do; (a man of God is either a prophet, a messenger of God, or a man devoted to God, a man of another world;) flee As from a serpent, instead of coveting these things, and follow after righteousness Truth, justice, mercy, with all their proper fruits; godliness Sincere and fervent piety, implying devotedness to God, in heart and life, and a conformity to his image; faith In all its branches, especially as having... read more

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