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Old 21st October 2010, 12:45 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Default 1 Timothy 6:11-21

{6:11} But you, O man of God, flee from these things, and truly pursue justice, piety, faith, charity, patience, meekness.

The term 'man of God' is used also to refer to Moses and to the OT prophets. Too many of the faithful are men and women of the world, not men and women of God.

{6:12} Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you have been called, and make a good profession of faith in the sight of many witnesses.

To live the Faith is to fight against our own concupiscence, and against the world, and against the fallen angels. Eternal life begins in the present time, for how we live our lives determines where we will spend eternity.

{6:13} I charge you, in the sight of God, who enlivens all things, and in the sight of Christ Jesus, who gave the testimony of a good profession under Pontius Pilate,
{6:14} to observe the commandment, immaculately, irreproachably, unto the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God gives life to all things, including the life of grace in the soul. The commandment is to live as Christ lived. The Spirit is speaking to the Church, telling us to persevere in the Faith even through the end times.

{6:15} For at the proper time, he shall reveal the blessed and only Power, the King of kings and the Lord of lords,
{6:16} who alone holds immortality, and who inhabits the inaccessible light, whom no man has seen, nor even is able to see, to whom is honor and everlasting dominion. Amen.

The proper time is the Return of Christ. Even the Blessed in Heaven who see God and are one with God do not know Him in all His fullness, for God is infinite. So despite the myriad of holy Angels and saints in Heaven, God is always beyond complete comprehension. There is always a sense in which God is alone, beyond all Creation.

{6:17} Instruct the wealthy of this age not to have a superior attitude, nor to hope in the uncertainty of riches, but in the living God, who offers us everything in abundance to enjoy,
{6:18} and to do good, to become rich in good works, to donate readily, to share,
{6:19} to gather for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may obtain true life.

Those who have more have a responsibility to help those who have less, in every way that pertains to spiritual and corporal good works.

{6:20} O Timothy, guard what has been deposited with you, avoiding the voice of profane novelties and of opposing ideas, which are falsely called knowledge.
{6:21} Certain persons, promising these things, have perished from the faith. May grace be with you. Amen.

Especially today, we need to be on guard against certain priests, theologians, and arrogant but anonymous persons on the internet, who claim to understand, but whose novelties are opposed to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Ron Conte
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