1 Timothy 6

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1 Timothy 6
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Fragments showing First Epistle to Timothy 2:2-6 on Codex Coislinianus, from ca. AD 550.
Book First Epistle to Timothy
Bible part New Testament
Order in the Bible part 15
Category Pauline epistles

1 Timothy 6 is the sixth (and the last) chapter of the First Epistle to Timothy in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It is authored by Paul the Apostle.[1][2]



This chapter can be grouped (with cross references to other parts of the Bible):

  • 1 Timothy 6:1-2 = Honor Masters
  • 1 Timothy 6:3-10 = Error and Greed
  • 1 Timothy 6:11-16 = The Good Confession
  • 1 Timothy 6:17-19 = Instructions to the Rich
  • 1 Timothy 6:20-21 = Guard the Faith

Verse 15

New King James Version

[Lord Jesus Christ's appearing] which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords,[3]

See: Names and titles of Jesus in the New Testament

Verse 16

New King James Version

who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.[4]
  • Who only hath immortality

Angels are immortal, and so are the souls of men, and so will be the bodies of men after the resurrection; but then neither of these have immortality of themselves, they have it from God; who only has it, of himself, originally, essentially, and inderivatively.[5]

  • Dwelling in that light which no man can approach unto;

in this present, frail, and mortal state; yea, angels themselves cannot bear the lustre of it, but cover their faces with their wings; for God is light itself, as well as clothes himself with light, as with a garment; and is the Father and fountain of lights to all his creatures.[5]

  • Whom no man hath seen, nor can see:

nowhere but in Christ, at least spiritually and savingly; and that but very imperfectly in the present state: the sin, frailty, and mortality of human nature must be taken away, in order to inherit the kingdom of God, and enjoy the beatific vision of him; which saints in heaven have, who see him as he is, and in such sort as no man now does, or can see him:[5]

  • to whom [be] honour and power everlasting, Amen.

Which may be considered either as a wish, that such honour, power, and glory might be ascribed unto him, as we supply it; or as an assertion that it is given to him, as it is by the angels, and by the saints in heaven and in earth.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Halley, Henry H. Halley's Bible Handbook: an abbreviated Bible commentary. 23rd edition. Zondervan Publishing House. 1962.
  2. ^ Holman Illustrated Bible Handbook. Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. 2012.
  3. ^ 1 Timothy 6:15
  4. ^ 1 Timothy 6:16
  5. ^ a b c d John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible, - 1 Timothy 6:16

External links

  • 1 Timothy 6 NIV
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