1 Timothy 5:6

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives. 1 Timothy 5:6

In what could be considered typical apostle Paul abruptness concerning doctrine, he now introduces a thought concerning the worldly widow which contrasts with the true widow of the previous verse who “trusts in God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.” Instead of such a troubled soul, who has turned her whole hope for comfort to the Lord, there is another type of widow who “lives in pleasure.” The Greek word is used only here by Paul, and once by James (5:5). It is one who lives in a wanton fashion, or indulges in unneeded surplus. The idea is less of sexual indulgence, and looks more to wasteful living. Whatever she received from her dead husband is simply squandered away without a care or a thought. Fast living and excess define her situation.

For such a perverse soul, Paul says that she “is dead while she lives.” In Romans 8, Paul shows the contrast between living carnally and living according to the Spirit. In verse 13, he says, “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” A person who lives for their flesh is fulfilling temporary, vain things. All food is temporary to the body, all clothes wear out, all purchases for indulgence can be stolen or burned up in a fire. In the end, when it is all gone, there is nothing left – not even a hope in God to sustain the body and the soul. The contrast is amazing, and yet it is a contrast which has been seen from one generation after the next for all of human history. There is nothing of learning for those whose minds are blinded by the temporary pleasures of this world.

Life application: We have two accounts running at the same time. There is our earthly existence which accumulates things for whatever purpose we think they will serve. And we can accumulate heavenly treasures in hopes of an existence beyond this life. The earthly things will all come to an end. If that is where our hope is, the filling of that account was a vain and pointless venture. For those who are wise, they will save what is right now (save for your children’s children it says in Proverbs 13:22), but they will expend their greater energy in saving up for that which is eternal.

Lord God, what point is heaping up treasure in this world? We can’t take a thing with us, and even while we remain, the things we have can be stolen, lost, or burned up. It is a vain and pointless thing to hope for abundant wealth on our deathbed. But there is treasure which is eternal. Help us to accumulate that. May we glorify You now, praise You now, pursue You now, and seek after You now – all in hopes of the great and true wealth to be found on eternity’s vast shore. Give us this wisdom. Amen.

2 thoughts on “1 Timothy 5:6

  • Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Hi Charlie
    Awesome message! I don’t know why it took me so long to read your daily writings It seems the lord has me next to the breakdown lane while others are in the passing lane to him It’s been a slow and mesured process the lord is using to bring me to him and I can’t wait for him to tell me why he has kept me in the slow lane to him all these years. At least the lane is going in the right direction ☝️
    Anyhow I am feeling blessed that the lord has led me to your daily writings three days ago. What I can’t figure out is why he started me out on Widows??? It’s a deer in the headlight subject for most people today but I have found it fascinating. I know all things happening for a reason and I will be all ears when the lord explains this one to me
    Thank you Charlie for all the work you do to bring God word to the Lost of this world

    God bless and live long and prosper

  • Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Gordon, you are a blessing. I’m so glad you are being blessed by these. I post them on FB too, but the S/W site is the main thing each day. FB makes them hard to access later. This site is much more logical. Eventually, when I finish each book, I transfer the entire file to another website so that the entire commentary is on one long page. Even easier to refer to later that way!

    Be blessed and stay warm brother.


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