1Timothy 6:16-21 Who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man has seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen. The first to Timothy was written from Laodicea, which is the chief city of Phrygia Pacatiana.
‘Immortality’ [Greek: athanasia] this could only mean that God is the source of immortality, for not only do all three members of the Divine Trinity have immortality, but all angels, seraphim, cherubim, living creatures of Revelation 4:1-11, and all spirit beings have immortality. People have immortality of soul and spirit (1Pet. 3:4), and will have immortality in the body in the resurrection (1Cor. 15:51-58).
‘Dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man has seen, nor can see.’ God dwells in infinite glory which no man has ever seen nor can see. God out of His glory has been seen many times with the eyes of men. Moses talked with God face to face out of His glory and when he requested, “show me thy glory” it could not be granted except as manifested through the back parts of God (Exo. 33:11-23). He has also been seen physically many times by others (Gen. 18:1-33; 32:24-30; Exo. 24:9-11; Jos. 5:13-15; Isa. 6:1-13; Dan. 7:9-13; Ezek. 1:1-28; Acts 7:56-59; Rev. 4-5) and can be understood by the things that are made. Man is the visible image and likeness making the invisible God clearly seen as in Romans 1:20.
‘Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God.’ Ninefold charge to rich men: Be not high-minded (6:17). Do not trust in riches. Trust in the living God. Do good (6:18). Be rich in good works. Be ready to distribute goods to help others. Be willing to communicate or have fellowship with all men, even the poor. Lay up treasures in heaven (6:19). Lay hold on eternal life.