Chapter One, Lesson Four
CONSCIENTIOUS EFFORT Page
** Does suffering shipwreck equal losing your salvation?
No - We are eternally secure in Christ. We can be disqualified from
service, but we never lose the eternal life which Christ
has purchased for us upon the cross of Calgary.
cf. 1Corinthians 3:10-15, 1Corinthians 9:24-27, Colossians 3:3-4, 1John
V.20 ** Paul said that some have rejected the call
to making a Conscientious Effort in our defense of
the truth, he did not say that many have rejected it. Do we
know any of these individuals by name?
Yes - Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander... These
two may have been more then samples from the rejecting group, they may
have been leaders within the group which rejected Pauls teaching.
cf. 2Timothy 2:16-17 (Hymenaeus mentioned again with Philetus)
** From the perspective of Pauls day and the writing of this letter,
would there ever come a time when many would reject the truth
and turn their ears and hearts over to false teachers?
Absolutely, Paul warns Timothy in his second letter that the day will
come when it is normal for people to not want to hear the truth. cf.
Jesus also predicted it! All see - Matthew 24:3-14
Now back in verse 20 of our passage:
** How did Paul deal with these two false teachers there in Ephesus,
in his Conscientious Effort to defend the truth and
protect Gods children from doctrinal error?
He delivered them both over to Satan. Paul removed these
men from the fellowship of the saints. He removed them from the protection
and insulation of Gods people and put them into Satans grasp
so that their sinful hearts might experience the by-product of their
cf. 1Corinthians 5:9-13
** What did Paul hope these men might learn?
...that they might be taught not to blaspheme. Literally,
to not speak against God. The word taught translates paideuo
which refers to training through physical punishment. The physical consequences
of their sin were to teach them to not blaspheme. Paul hoped for their
repentance and return to the flock. cf. Matthew 18:15, Galatians 6:1
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