1 Timothy 6:11-16 - Don’t Flirt. Rather, Flee

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1 Timothy 6:11-16 - Don’t Flirt, Rather Flee! 


Our justification (being right with God) is monergistic. This means God saves us. We respond in faith.   

Our sanctification (becoming more like Jesus) is synergistic. This means God works and we work.


“The Holy Spirit works in us and upon us… He works in us and with us, not against us or without us.” - John Owen


Our growth is directly tied to the Spirit’s work in our lives in conjunction with God’s Word. It is not the idea of “Let go and let God” in the traditional sense. It is true that we cannot grow on our own. We cannot make ourselves look more like Christ. God’s Spirit must do that. We must “let go” of trying to do it ourselves and in our our ways, and we must “let God” (the Spirit) work in us through the means He has appointed. Some of the means God has ordained for us to grow are:


1. Beholding Christ and the Gospel

2. His Word (reading, memorizing, meditating, singing, praying, listening to it being preached and taught)

3. Prayer (pleading, thanksgiving, confession, supplications, silence and solitude, adoration)

4. Being with and growing with other believers (the local church)

5. Observing the ordinances

6. Not quenching or extinguishing the Spirit in our lives by sin and unrepentant sin


Israel and the Promise Land - Promised and Means


Philippians 2:12–13 (ESV): 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 


Flee - Paul exhorts Timothy to flee away from the sinful things mentioned in the previous section. This word has an idea of seeking safety. Avoiding, eluding, or escaping danger is how the word is commonly used. In some cases, the word is used to convey the idea of vanishing away or disappearing from something. 


This is a vital idea that we need to take seriously. Many times, we will not flee from sin, instead we flirt with it. 


Galatians 5:7–9 (ESV): 7 You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion is not from him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 


James 1:14–16 (ESV): 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.


Satan is out to destroy you


1 Peter 5:7–9 (ESV):  8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. (Emphasis mine)


2 Timothy 2:24–26 (ESV): 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. (Emphasis mine)


2 Corinthians 11:13–15 (ESV): 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. (Emphasis mine)


1 John 5:18–19 (ESV): 18 We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. 19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. (Emphasis mine)


Revelation 12:7–10 (ESV): 7 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, 8 but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. (Emphasis mine)


1 John 4:3–4 (ESV):  4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.


James 4:4–10 (ESV): 4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? 6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. 


2 Timothy 2:20–22 (ESV): 20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. 22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.


Proverbs 16:25 (ESV): 25  There is a way that seems right to a man, 

but its end is the way to death. 


This is only one part. You have to head the right direction or you will just run to another sinful and harmful thing. That is why directly after saying “flee” Paul says “pursue.” 


Pursue - Chase after with an intent to apprehend. 

Colossians 3:1–17 (ESV): 3 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 


Fight - This word is where we get our English word agonize. We are to fight the good fight of faith with everything we have using the means He has given us.  


Take Hold - Grab onto the gospel. Grab onto it like your life and soul depend on it, because they do. 


Keep - We have to fight to keep the Gospel pure and ourselves holy until Christ returns. 

 

Vv- 14-16 Look to God. Don’t flirt, rather, flee from sin, Satan, and the world and pursue Christ. 


Hebrews 12:1–2 (ESV): 12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 

 

Acknowledgements 

This sermon and the entire sermon series were influenced and impacted by the following commentaries, Bibles, books, teachings and sermons. I am so very grateful for the insight and ministries of those involved with each. Likewise, I am thankful for the insights and input from those who attend the sermon preparation time at FBCCK. 


Commentaries/Books/Teachings

NIV Compact Bible Commentary - John Sailhammer

The Message of the New Testament - 1 Timothy - Mark Dever

The Letters to Timothy and Titus - The Pillar New Testament Commentary - Robert Yarbrough 

The Pastoral Epistles - Tyndale New Testament Commentary - Donald Guthrie

1&2 Timothy and Titus - Preaching the Word Commentary - Bryan Chapell and R. Kent Hughes

1 Timothy - Reformed Expository Commentary - Philip Ryken 


Study Bibles

ESV Study Bible

HCSB Study Bible 

John McArthur Study Bible


Topics for the Prayer Time

*Those who have yet to believe in Jesus

*The unreached peoples of the earth

*Missionaries around the world and for more to go

*The spiritual growth of other believers and churches

*That you would have more spiritual gifts

*That Christians would remain faithful under persecution

*Those who are sick

*Those who have lost loved ones

*Those traveling

*Our nation, leaders, military, and civil servants

*Pray for the health and salvation of the unborn babies in our church

*Pray against the evils of abortion and human trafficking

*Pray for the University of Florida international students 

*Pray God would bless our efforts to in evangelism and discipleship

*Pray God would bless our community

*Pray God would bless the churches of those visiting us



































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1 Timothy 6:11-16 - Don’t Flirt, Rather Flee! 


Our justification (being right with God) is monergistic. This means God saves us. We respond in faith.   

Our sanctification (becoming more like Jesus) is synergistic. This means God works and we work.


“The Holy Spirit works in us and upon us… He works in us and with us, not against us or without us.” - John Owen


Our growth is directly tied to the Spirit’s work in our lives in conjunction with God’s Word. It is not the idea of “Let go and let God” in the traditional sense. It is true that we cannot grow on our own. We cannot make ourselves look more like Christ. God’s Spirit must do that. We must “let go” of trying to do it ourselves and in our our ways, and we must “let God” (the Spirit) work in us through the means He has appointed. Some of the means God has ordained for us to grow are:


1. Beholding Christ and the Gospel

2. His Word (reading, memorizing, meditating, singing, praying, listening to it being preached and taught)

3. Prayer (pleading, thanksgiving, confession, supplications, silence and solitude, adoration)

4. Being with and growing with other believers (the local church)

5. Observing the ordinances

6. Not quenching or extinguishing the Spirit in our lives by sin and unrepentant sin


Israel and the Promise Land - Promised and Means


Philippians 2:12–13 (ESV): 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 


Flee - Paul exhorts Timothy to flee away from the sinful things mentioned in the previous section. This word has an idea of seeking safety. Avoiding, eluding, or escaping danger is how the word is commonly used. In some cases, the word is used to convey the idea of vanishing away or disappearing from something. 


This is a vital idea that we need to take seriously. Many times, we will not flee from sin, instead we flirt with it. 


Galatians 5:7–9 (ESV): 7 You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion is not from him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 


James 1:14–16 (ESV): 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.


Satan is out to destroy you


1 Peter 5:7–9 (ESV):  8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. (Emphasis mine)


2 Timothy 2:24–26 (ESV): 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. (Emphasis mine)


2 Corinthians 11:13–15 (ESV): 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. (Emphasis mine)


1 John 5:18–19 (ESV): 18 We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. 19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. (Emphasis mine)


Revelation 12:7–10 (ESV): 7 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, 8 but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. (Emphasis mine)


1 John 4:3–4 (ESV):  4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.


James 4:4–10 (ESV): 4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? 6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. 


2 Timothy 2:20–22 (ESV): 20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. 22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.


Proverbs 16:25 (ESV): 25  There is a way that seems right to a man, 

but its end is the way to death. 


This is only one part. You have to head the right direction or you will just run to another sinful and harmful thing. That is why directly after saying “flee” Paul says “pursue.” 


Pursue - Chase after with an intent to apprehend. 

Colossians 3:1–17 (ESV): 3 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 


Fight - This word is where we get our English word agonize. We are to fight the good fight of faith with everything we have using the means He has given us.  


Take Hold - Grab onto the gospel. Grab onto it like your life and soul depend on it, because they do. 


Keep - We have to fight to keep the Gospel pure and ourselves holy until Christ returns. 

 

Vv- 14-16 Look to God. Don’t flirt, rather, flee from sin, Satan, and the world and pursue Christ. 


Hebrews 12:1–2 (ESV): 12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 

 

Acknowledgements 

This sermon and the entire sermon series were influenced and impacted by the following commentaries, Bibles, books, teachings and sermons. I am so very grateful for the insight and ministries of those involved with each. Likewise, I am thankful for the insights and input from those who attend the sermon preparation time at FBCCK. 


Commentaries/Books/Teachings

NIV Compact Bible Commentary - John Sailhammer

The Message of the New Testament - 1 Timothy - Mark Dever

The Letters to Timothy and Titus - The Pillar New Testament Commentary - Robert Yarbrough 

The Pastoral Epistles - Tyndale New Testament Commentary - Donald Guthrie

1&2 Timothy and Titus - Preaching the Word Commentary - Bryan Chapell and R. Kent Hughes

1 Timothy - Reformed Expository Commentary - Philip Ryken 


Study Bibles

ESV Study Bible

HCSB Study Bible 

John McArthur Study Bible


Topics for the Prayer Time

*Those who have yet to believe in Jesus

*The unreached peoples of the earth

*Missionaries around the world and for more to go

*The spiritual growth of other believers and churches

*That you would have more spiritual gifts

*That Christians would remain faithful under persecution

*Those who are sick

*Those who have lost loved ones

*Those traveling

*Our nation, leaders, military, and civil servants

*Pray for the health and salvation of the unborn babies in our church

*Pray against the evils of abortion and human trafficking

*Pray for the University of Florida international students 

*Pray God would bless our efforts to in evangelism and discipleship

*Pray God would bless our community

*Pray God would bless the churches of those visiting us



































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