to the Master - Part 2
WISE CORRECTION Page
V.23 ** Now that we are honorable vessels, with what
must we refuse to get involved?
"...foolish and ignorant speculations..." Last week we saw
how false teachers love to instigate this type of dialogue. cf. 1Timothy
** What reason does Paul give to Timothy for avoiding this foolish verbal
"...knowing that they produce quarrels..."
V.24 ** Remembering that Paul is instructing Timothy as to how
he should lead the Ephesian church, by what title does he refer to a man
in Timothy's position?
The "Lord's bond-servant". This term is used often by Paul
to describe himself and others that are in positions of spiritual leadership.
** If our spiritual leaders are not to be quarrelsome, what does that
say about all Christians?
We too, in following their example (1Peter 5:3), are not to be quarrelsome.
For we too are the Lord's bond-servants! cf. Romans 6:21-22, 1Peter
** So if we are not to be quarrelsome with these false teachers (or their
followers), how are we to respond to them?
"...kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged..."
This response balances the role of peacemaker and teacher into one Godly
person. We do not take their foolish attacks against God's truth personally,
but rather we teach them the truth without trying to get vengeance.
V.25 ** What does this "Wise Correction" look
It is gentle!!! This requires humility that does not focus on self
but on the Lord and the message of His truth! cf. Matthew 11:29 and
** As we attempt to correct the error, what are we to remember regarding
the chances of the person we are talking to hearing us?
It is up to the Lord! "...if perhaps God may grant them repentance
leading to the knowledge of the truth..."
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