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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Timothy 6:13-21

The apostle here charges Timothy to keep this commandment (that is, the whole work of his ministry, all the trust reposed in him, all the service expected from him) without spot, unrebukable; he must conduct himself so in his ministry that he might not lay himself open to any blame nor incur any blemish. What are the motives to move him to this? I. He gives him a solemn charge: I give thee charge in the sight of God that thou do this. He charges him as he will answer it at the great day to... 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 6:13

I give thee charge in the sight of God ,.... Who is omniscient and omnipotent: who quickeneth all things ; all creatures, for all animate creatures have their life, motion, and bring in him; and who quickeneth all his people, at first conversion, when dead in sin, and afterwards when dull and lifeless; and who will quicken the dead at the last day. This seems to be mentioned to strengthen Timothy against the fears of death, that should he die in fighting the Lord's battles, he was able... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Timothy 6:13

I give thee charge - This is similar to that in 1 Timothy 5:21 ; (note). Who quickeneth all things - God, who is the fountain of life, and who is the resurrection; and who will raise thee up at the last day to a life of ineffable glory, if thou be faithful unto death. And should thy life fall a sacrifice to the performance of thy duty, all will be safe; for thy life is hid with Christ in God, and when he who is thy life shall appear, then shalt thou also appear with him in glory! Thy... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Timothy 6:13

Verse 13 13I charge thee The great vehemence of solemn appeal, which Paul employs, is a proof how rare and hard a virtue it is, to persevere in the ministry, in a proper manner, till the end; for, although he exhorts others, in the person of Timothy, yet he addresses him also. Before God, who quickeneth all things What he affirms concerning Christ and concerning God, has an immediate relation to the present subject; for, when he ascribes this to God, that he quickeneth all things, he wishes 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 6:13

I charge thee for I give thee charge , A.V.; of for before (in italics), A.V.; the for a , A.V. I charge thee . It has been well observed that the apostle's language increases in solemnity as he approaches the end of the Epistle. This word παραγγέλλω is of frequent use in St. Paul's Epistles ( 1 Corinthians 7:10 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:11 : 2 Thessalonians 3:4 , 2 Thessalonians 3:6 , 2 Thessalonians 3:10 , 2 Thessalonians 3:12 ; and above, 1 Timothy 3:1-16 ; 1... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Timothy 6:13

I give thee charge in the sight God - see the notes on 1 Timothy 5:21.Who quickeneth all things - Who gives life to all; notes on Ephesians 2:1. It is not quite clear why the apostle refers to this attribute of God as enforcing the charge which he here makes. Perhaps he means to say that God is the source of life, and that as he had given life to Timothy - natural and spiritual - he had a right to require that it should be employed in his service; and that, if, in obedience to this charge and... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Timothy 6:13-16

1 Timothy 6:13-16. I give thee charge, &c. See note on 1 Timothy 5:21; in the sight In the presence; of God Whose eye is upon us both; and who quickeneth all things Who is the source of life, natural, spiritual, and eternal, and therefore is able to raise those from the dead that suffer for him: a suitable, though oblique intimation, that should Timothy, after the example of his great Lord, sacrifice his life to the honour of his profession, God, who raised Christ from the dead,... read more

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