Chapter One, Lesson Two
CORRUPT ENVIRONMENT Page
V. 6 (contd.)
** We know that false teachers can take many forms and only produce
worldly chatter but where did they go wrong? From what had
They had strayed from these things which Paul had just
listed in verse five. Godly instruction which will always produce love
from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
cf. 1Timothy 6:20-21, 2Timothy 2:16, Titus 1:15-16
V. 7 ** The false teachers who profess to know God
are very ambitious, what is their goal according to verse seven?
They want to be teachers of the Law. These people do all
their deeds to be noticed by men, and they love the place of honor,
while desiring to be called Rabbi. cf. Matthew 23:5-7 and
** These false teachers have two main flaws in their character, do you
see them here in verse seven?
1) they do not understand...what they are saying
2) they make confident assertions about their erroneous
The present active participle noountes (translated understand)
indicates they were in a continual state of not understanding Gods
saving truth. This is truly the dont confuse me with the
facts approach to teaching. Gods word was not the standard,
but their own pride and ego had determined that they were correct and
God was wrong! cf. 1Corinthians 2:14
V. 8 ** These individuals were driven by sinful motives and distorted
the Law of God, did that make Gods Law bad?
God forbid! The apostle is quick to add that the Law is good, no matter
what men might try to do with it. Paul uses the word kalos for
good, which can be translated useful. The Law
is useful because it displays Gods expressed will. cf. Psalm 19:7,
** Paul says that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully.
There is a proper understanding and use for
the Law of God. How do false teachers misuse Gods Law relative to
They say one can please God through their own efforts and can earn
their salvation by keeping the Law. cf. Acts 15:1, Romans 3:20(28),
Galatians 2:16, 3:11
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