What Does 1 Timothy 6:4 Mean?

he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions,

1 Timothy 6:4(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Paul insists that we teach what is in accord with sound doctrine, and throughout the Word of God, we are alerted to the importance of correct, biblical teaching. Indeed, we are warned of the consequences of being swayed by a different doctrine, which does not agree with the unchangeable truth, that is written in the Word of God, for our learning.

Sound doctrine is life and light to him who believes. It is the truth of God and the way to God.. and is unambiguously linked to faith in Christ's death, burial and resurrection, as the only acceptable sacrifice for the forgiveness for sins, and life everlasting.

Indeed, we are exhorted to earnestly contend for the faith, and to beware.. lest we be induced towards any false teaching, a counterfeit gospel or twisted truths, which will play havoc with our Christian walk and spiritual growth.

God in His grace chose to speak to us through His written Word. He gradually unveiled His plans, purposes, character and names, through the Word of God - and Jesus was God's final Revelation to man. He is the Word made flesh. And sound doctrine is contained in that unchangeable Word of Truth. Biblical truth is not gained through extra-biblical revelations, emotional experiences or visions and dreams.. as many would have us believe.

Fallen man is born in sin, and is at enmity with God. Prideful man does not want to be accountable to a holy God, Who reads our hearts, understands our foolish ways and insists that salvation is only by grace through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of our kinsman-Redeemer - Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God.

And so the fool has said in his heart, 'there is no God', despite God's clear testimony - in nature, in our consciences, through the witness of others and throughout the Word of Truth. Man, in his rebellion, refuses to listen to the truth, for as scripture says: fallen man is conceited and understands nothing.

We read here, that rebellious humanity have a morbid interest in controversial questions, persistent wranglings and inconsequential disputes about words. Their intellects become disordered, and they themselves are wilfully blinded, to the knowledge of the truth of the glorious gospel of Christ.

Paul reminds us that this sort of stubborn behaviour is rooted in envy, strife, abusive language and evil suspicions. It gives rise to constant friction between men of depraved mind, who wilfully deprived themselves of biblical truth, through the hardness of their wicked hearts. Sadly they do not understand that godliness with contentment is a great source of gain, for all.. who being steeped in Scripture.. walk in spirit and truth, as led by the Spirit of God.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, I realise how easy it is to be led astray by false doctrine and ungodly teachings, when the Word of God is not the foundation upon that in which my faith is anchored. Keep me I pray from false teachings. Protect me from the unfruitful works of darkness, that delight in inconsequential disputes, and which lead to envy, strife, abusive language and evil suspicions. Keep me focused on Jesus, and founded on the Word of truth, so that I may live godly in Christ Jesus, in Whose name I pray, AMEN

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