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Gently Correct Those in Opposition: 2 Timothy 2:24-26 (Part 1)

September 24, 2023 Speaker: Bob DeWaay Series: Acts of the Apostles

Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:24-26

We begin this class with an overview of Paul’s use of “a pure heart” in 1 Timothy 1:5 and 2 Timothy 2:22. Pure is an adjective in the Greek describing those clean or having been cleansed by God’s saving grace.

We study several cross-references such as Titus 1:15 and Hebrews 20:22 which show that this is only true of those who have been redeemed by the blood of Christ. This reinforces the truth that the “church” and leaders of the church consists of those who truly have a saving relationship with Christ.

This means that religious institutions claiming to be Christian but committed to other things than “love from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith” (1 Tim. 1:5b) are not churches as defined by the Bible. Only God’s work of grace through the gospel adds anyone to the church.

We then continue the exegesis of 2 Timothy 2:24 and 25 which is a continuation from the last time we had this class. These verses speak patient correction rather than heated disputes. Those in “opposition” are to be taught the truth in hopes that they will be granted repentance.

We reference passages in Acts where it is taught that God grants repentance. The word “grant” is the word for “give” in the Greek. It is God’s gracious gift that a rebellious sinner, opposed to the truth are turned around so as to love the truth.