Warn others about trouble-makers

2 Timothy Bible Background

10.30.2016 – New Testament: 2Ti 4.14–15

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Timothy 4 on October 30, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

A certain man made Paul suffer, and caring for his young friend Timothy, Paul warned him to beware of the trouble-maker,

Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works. You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words (2 Timothy 4.14–15).

Since Alexander opposed Paul, a messenger chosen by the Lord, the coppersmith would himself suffer at the hands of the Lord.

Paul also wanted Timothy to be on the look out for this evil man, for if he resisted Paul’s words, he would also resist Timothy’s words, and who knows how many people would listen to Alexander. Men like that have done untold damage in the church.

Questions:

  • What do you do when trouble-makers in the church resist you?

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