Under Gods Command

2nd Timothy 2:16-18 – Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.  Their teaching will spread like gangrene.  Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have wandered away from the truth.  They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some.    

Hymenaeus was also mentioned in 1 Timothy 1:20.  Paul had handed Hymenaeus over to Satan because his false teaching concerning the resurrection was destroying some people’s faith.

The false teachers were denying the resurrection of the body.  They believed that when a person became a Christian, he or she was spiritually reborn, and that was the only resurrection there would ever be.  To them, resurrection was symbolic and spiritual, not physical.  Paul clearly taught, however, that believers will be resurrected after they die, and that their bodies as well as their souls will live eternally with Christ (1Corinthians 15:35, 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18).

Lets Bring it Home: We should not try to shape the doctrines of Scripture to match our opinions.  If we do, we are putting ourselves above God.  Instead, our beliefs should be consistent with God’s Word.



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