3 As [kathos] I besought [parakaleo] thee [se] to abide still [prosmeno] at [en] Ephesus, [Ephesos] when I went [poreuomai] into [eis] Macedonia, [Makedonia] that [hina] thou mightest
some [tis] that they
teach [heterodidaskaleo] no [me] other doctrine, [heterodidaskaleo]KJV-Interlinear
3 As I
urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus, in order that
you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines,NASB
Paul had been in
Ephesus with Timothy, and had moved on to another city.During his stay in Ephesus, certain men
engaged in the practice of false teaching, and this is the subject with which
Timothy is left to deal with.
A couple of men,
mentioned in verse twenty of this chapter, were probably leaders or at least
examples of this false teaching effort, but in any case, Timothy was to
confront and end as best he could, the false teachings that were being spread.
Paul will elude to four
broad categories of false teaching their error, motives, goals and effect, on
people who listen to them.
But in any case, remember
one important principle, Gods teaching is truth, and the false teachings of men
are from no other source but Satan, who is the father of lies, Jn 8:44.Only lies come
from Satan, and nothing else.
Truth may always be
determined as it always stands out and holds up under scrutiny.
Lies have nothing to
stand on, and therefore eventually collapse under their
And one of the most
dangerous areas in history will occur in the end times when liars and deceivers
will become thick as thieves, so to speak, Matt. 5:17, 24:11, 24.
The false prophets will
use smooth words, smooth logic, smart arguments, even arguments that appeal to
the emotions, but their facts are invented and never substantiated, and they
are forced to use ambiguity since their reality does not exist.
False prophets are only
successful when confronting people who lack doctrine in their souls.They stand up against a weaker opponent, as a
bully confronts a little guy.Against
truth, they cannot stand.
False prophets are not
restricted to theology only.The biggest
crowd of distributers of falsities comes from the secular side of society
media, government, celebrities, social norms and standards, popular opinion,
and so forth.
It is against this
barrage that people who are spiritually deficient, will
be vulnerable.And those who lack
doctrine, will never know that they have been deceived, unless they put the
argument to the test, which most do not.
Your only defense and protection
against the falsities of life, is truth.But you cannot use truth unless you know it. And you cannot know it
unless you study it every day of your life.Bible doctrine is the food for the soul, and food is to be eaten every day,
lest you starve.
How often do you eat?
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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