to the Master - Part 1
WORLDLY CHATTER Page
** Why is it important for Timothy to remind Christians about these things?
Because our daily practice slips into forgetfulness and we need the
regular encouragement that Godly reminding affords. (cf. 2Peter 1:12-15)
** After Timothy has reminded the Ephesians about "these things",
what else was he to do?
"solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about
** How do we know that this was a serious charge?
The Greek term used here for "solemnly charge" [diamarturomai]
is a strong verb, used here as an imperative participle, which carries
the idea of a stern warning. This warning is being given in the very
presence of God! As Paul confronts the evil of false teachers, he wants
his readers to understand that God is involved in protecting His truth.
** Is Paul talking about the dangers of arguing over the petty issues
No, the context of the following passage makes it clear that the subject
matter is the truth of God's word versus the philosophy of men.
** What will happen if we engage in word wrangling with false teachers
or their followers?
It is useless and only leads to the ruin of the hearers. (cf. 2Peter
Just a note: The "hearers" fall into two camps, the unsaved
who are turned away from the truth and the saved who are harmed by causing
confusion, doubt, discouragement, and disobedience.
** What additional problem occurs when we argue the word of God against
the philosophies of men?
It lends credibility the Satan's lies. "No matter how Biblically
sound their arguments may be in
themselves, Christians who debate with unbelievers inadvertently allow
Scripture to be considered on the same level as human wisdom."
There is no argument here. God is true, men are liars! (cf. James 3:15,
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