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1Timothy, Chapter One, Lesson Four

V.19 (cont’d.)

** 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 5:11-12

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 Paul’s teaching. cf. 2Timothy 2:16-17 (Hymenaeus mentioned again with Philetus)

** From the perspective of Paul’s 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. 2Timothy 4:3-4
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 God’s 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 God’s people and put them into Satan’s grasp so that their sinful hearts might experience the by-product of their actions.
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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