2 Timothy 4:15

Sunday, 13 May 2018

You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words. 2 Timothy 4:15

It was noted in the previous verse that Alexander may have been the same individual as in Acts 19:33, a man who was selected to speak against Paul. This is probably so, because he was in Ephesus in Acts 19, and Paul is writing to Timothy who is also in Ephesus. Paul says to Timothy that, “You also must beware of him.” He did a great deal of harm to Paul, speaking against him, and maybe even testifying against him in court. If so, he would have argued that faith in Christ was not a legitimate part of the legally recognized Jewish faith. Thus, it would be religio ilicita; an unlawful religious expression. This seems likely because Paul then says, “for he has greatly resisted our words.”

Paul warns against this individual because he didn’t just speak and then shut up. Instead, he spoke and continued to speak. He actively resisted the gospel message. The words Paul speaks of him make it highly unlikely that he is speaking about the same Alexander noted in 1 Timothy. Rather, it was another Alexander, quite likely the one in Acts. The name was a common one at the time.

Life application: If you speak out for Christ today, you are bound to have people resist your words. This is so much so that some may make up entire blogs about you on the internet. A simple name search may pull up lie after lie about an individual. Throw in other believers who disagree over points of doctrine, and you might suddenly appear to the world as the greatest heretic. Are you willing to defend your belief in Christ even to this extent? Or will you quietly remain shut up about the only news that can bring salvation to the lost of the world?

Gracious and merciful heavenly Father, You have given us this one life to live before we face our day of judgment. For the lost, they failed to make the right choice about Jesus. For those who are saved, we will stand and give an account for what we were willing to say and do in His name, and for what we failed to say and do which is in accord with Your word. Help us to consider this, and to use our time wisely – speaking out about Jesus. If we are persecuted or shunned because of it, who cares! We have eternity to not care about such trifling things. Give us boldness and wisdom in this. Amen.

5 thoughts on “2 Timothy 4:15

  • Sunday, May 13th, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Ah if only we could go around like the Borg proclaiming resistance is futile you will be saved!!! lol but free will kicks in. Most will follow the path of least resistance to their own destruction. While others will be going Down the path filled with pot holes full of resistance with just a few moments on smooth ground to let them prepare for the next pot hole in life. That is probably my biggest fear..and the fear of many others is how will I react in the face of real adversity towards my beliefs? God knows I am weak and have never really been challanged with adversity in my life. I have been very blessed for sure. But every now and then adversity does come into play and I feel my foundations starting to crumble under me. I.e. Fear, doubt etc starts to rear their ugly heads. How will I react if and when real adversity hits me especially for my beliefs in Christ? I pray for the strength and faith to with stand these adversity’s and to be filled with just a little bit of the strength that our brothers and sister that are dying for Christ have.
    Sorry Charlie my fingers slipped into auto mode…..haven’t done that for a while?
    Yup the inbox in my brain is empty no more words 🙂
    Grace Mercy and Peace to you and yours
    God bless my friend

  • Sunday, May 13th, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! Unfortunately Gordon , many veiw Christians as being like the Borg , mindless group thinking cyborgs devoid of unique and independant thought , absent of reality and relatable life experiences. And it doesn’t help when some groups of so called Christians promulgate a doctrine that strips the individual of liberty and individual ideas. Don’t want to mention what groups ,but I’m sure you’ve been a _witness of two or three of them sometimes even of _more man or just one ,well ,,let’s just call him the _Nope of rollie pollie whimpire. People here in the western world pretty much have no excuse not to have heard of JESUS. But to hear the WORD rightly divided, and to hear from CHRISTIANS outside of fake news media OR cults OR secularists OR bat guano crazy and new age people which often ( well pretty much always) present false archetypes of CHRIST and CHRISTIANS ,, is becoming rare. Let us pray for that to change!

  • Sunday, May 13th, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    Sean that is a pretty good observation there. Stepping back for a moment and getting a different perspective I can see your point about how others look at us Christians. Yes some are almost Borg like in their approach to spreading the good news. It’s their way or the highway. I try to distance myself from them as they do more harm than good and drive people away from the grace of God through Jesus and yes wether it’s true or not we Christians are getting lumped together the good with the bad by the secular world making the job of witnessing an almost impossable task. We are the readers of myths and fairytale’ acourding to them. I love my book of myths and fairytale’ because everyday now its accuracy and truth is proven over and over again.
    Ya even as a kid growing up in the RCC I knew it was contradictory to itself and the bible. Best thing I did was to totally cut my ties to it. Of course that makes me odd man out in my house and saying anything contrary about it is met with…well let’s just say civil conversation comes to an abrupt stop! Even when I try to point out the ludicrous anti Christ statments being made by the dope on a rope they don’t want to hear it. So ya lord we are so ready to leave this insane asylum put the pedal to the metal please and bring us home! Amen

  • Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 4:08 am

    Amen brother

  • Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    I’m obviously a few days behind on reading your comments. But you guys are always in my heart. God bless you both!


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