We sometimes have to ask if we are in right relationship with God. There is an old adage that says that if you don’t feel close to God, guess who moved? God is always there, we just need to seek him. In the next few weeks we will be discussing how the world is beginning to move further away from God, and using “tolerance” as its basis for this movement.
We will looking at this passage in the larger discussion of tolerance. Tolerance is becoming the virtue that is replacing moral grounding and integrity. Tolerance is being changed from a positive definition of recognizing others with different views and beliefs, to a new tolerance that seeks to exclude certain groups (Christians included) that do not fit their tolerate-able truths.
When we argue about things of little or no value, we begin to ruin those around us. Listeners need to hear about the important things, not the unimportant. People want nothing to do or will walk away from those who quarrel over small arguments that are not connected to the foundation.
Be diligent and honest in your study and activity so you can be approved to God. Have you ever known a employee who would work just as hard when no one was watching as they would if a supervisor was watching? We are to be consistently hard working and diligent in handling truth.
14 Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 16 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. 19 But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.” (ESV)
14 Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. (ESV)
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. (ESV)