Bible study on 2Tim 2b
Bible study on 2 Tim 2:14-26
We learn certain things about a false teacher here:
- WHAT HE IS (ontology)
- HOW HE ACTS (function)
- WHAT RESULTS (effect)
We learn certain things about how to counteract this:
- HOW DO LIVE (and what not to do)
- HOW TO CONFRONT (and how not to confront)
We will discuss these in that order.
When the ghost of some false prophet lights upon a human soul
And you cannot chase him off it, nor his influence control
War, you know, must be proclaimed kill the prophet if you can
Let the blow at him be aimed but take care, don’t hurt the man
Should the man be so enchanted, not to let the prophet go
That’s a case to be lamented, for he’ll surely get the blow
If he’s so degenerated that no wrong can be confess’d
Then he must be seperated, and expelled with his guest
Time, however, must be taken, matters proved ev’ry way
Tho the man has been mistaken, let the fellow have fair play
Thus the Lord will wisely sever ev’rything that is unsound
For an honest good Believer, can’t be driven from the ground.
And one by Luther:
O Lord, look down from heav’n, behold,
And let Thy pity waken.
How few are we within Thy fold,
Thy saints by men forsaken;
True faith seems quenched on ev’ry hand;
Men suffer not Thy Word to stand.
Dark times have us o’ertaken.
With fraud which they themselves invent
Thy truth they have confounded;
Their hearts are not with one consent
On Thy pure doctrine grounded.
While they parade with outward show,
They lead the people to and fro,
In error’s maze astounded.
May God root out all heresy
And of false teachers rid us
Who proudly say: “Now, where is he
That shall our speech forbid us?
By right or might we shall prevail;
What we determine cannot fail;
We own no lord and master.”
Therefore saith God, “I must arise,
The poor My help are needing.
To Me ascend My people’s cries,
And I have heard their pleading.
For them My saving Word shall fight
And fearlessly and sharply smite,
The poor with might defending.”
As silver tried by fire is pure
From all adulteration,
So through God’s Word shall men endure
Each trial and temptation.
Its light beams brighter through the cross,
And, purified from human dross,
It shines through every nation.
Defend Thy truth, O God, and stay
This evil generation;
And from the error of its way
Keep Thine own congregation.
The wicked everywhere abound
And would Thy little flock confound;
But Thou art our Salvation.