The last verse of 1 Timothy 6 (6:21) which is also the last verse of the letter of 1 Timothy refers to those who “have wandered from the faith.” (Another translation uses the words “gone astray.”) It seems related to something of a theme in 1 Timothy where Paul advises Timothy about such matters as: “false doctrines,” (1:3); those who have “wandered away” and “turned to meaningless talk,” (1:6); some who have “shipwrecked their faith,” (1:19); falling “into disgrace,” (3:7); “some will abandon the faith,” (4:1); “watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them,” (4:16); those who have “turned away to follow Satan,” (5:15); and again, earlier in chapter 6, “Some people… have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs,” (6:10).
Sobering. Paul’s advice to the younger pastor/elder, Timothy: “watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them,” (4:16).
We too must carefully watch ourselves and those we care about. May God give us wisdom and insight for the times that we live in and for the specific situations that we each face, and keep us from “wandering from the faith.”
(I found the Sonic Light website listed under Resources on the FBC website, and specifically the Study Notes (http://www.soniclight.com/constable/notes.htm) by Dr. Constable helpful for understanding better some of these passages.)