Part eleven!!! Remember to pray today :)
16. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
17. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of who is Hymeneus and Philetus;
18. Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
Verse sixteen I should have done with verse fourteen, but that's okay. I will not talk much about it since we I already did in part ten. In them, Paul talks about "Vain babblings" and "words to no profit." Words that are either useless and/or words that tear down others; are the kinds that Paul is talking about. Why would someone speak words to no profit? Or speak words that are negative, not positive? People that speak words like that, are either speaking them out of anger, spite, or just because they want attention. Don't you agree? Y'all know that I'm open for disagreement, I am not perfect!
It says, "But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness." What does "shun" mean? It means to "avoid deliberately; keep away from." So, Paul is says to stay away from/avoid babblings that aren't useful/helpful/time-worthy. Why? Because "they will increase unto more ungodliness." That is a great reason! Vain/useless babblings "will increase unto more ungodliness." You want to be a godly person, right? You want to be righteous in God's sight, do you not? So, if vain babblings increase unto more ungodliness, does that sound like something you want to be a part of? Not to me.
Verse seventeen in the KJV is not very clear, so I am going to put it down in another version too. "Avoid these godless chatterings, for the people who engage in them only progress further and further into ungodliness, and their talk eats its way into the Church like an ulcerous gangrene." Once again, Paul tells us to avoid these "chatterings," because the people who participate in them are only getting more and more ungodly.
And, what does he say next? He says that their talk eats its way into the Church. Is that good? No way!!! That is no good at all!!! Do you think it is good for the people of the Church to be engaging in idle/godless chatter?!?! Not a chance! Did you see the word there? "Godless!" We go to church to worship God, not to chit-chat about stuff that doesn't matter!
What is the next part? It says that it eats its way into the Church like an ulcerous gangrene! Yuk! If you don't know what gangrene is, you don't want to know, but I'm going to tell you anyways. It is a disease that eats your skin, like leprosy. It's gross, but that's the point, that's why it's a good example for this. Paul compares vain babblings to gangrene. Vain babblings eat their way into the Church, gangrene eats your body. Vain babblings leave nasty results, so does gangrene. Vain babblings are easy to get into, gangrene is relatively easy to get as far as I know (I could be wrong, as I am quite often. :P). Vain babblings are hard to leave behind/get rid of, so is gangrene.
The end of that verse says, "of whom is Hymeneus and Philetus." Who are they? We don't know. All we know about them is that they were vain babblers. What a legacy! I meant that sarcastically, you know, who would want to be in the most important book in the world as a vain babbler?
Verse eighteen tells us a little more about these two people, it says, "Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some." So, these people have considered the truth, but have erred. What does "erred" mean? Well, I have never heard it anywhere but the KJV Bible, because people just don't use the word anymore. In my words, it means to have gone wrong, or to have had an error. Also, Dictionary.com defines it as, "to go astray in thought or belief; be mistaken; be incorrect." These two people erred, they wandered away from the truth, they are mistaken, gone wrong, incorrect.
Next Paul tells us one thing that they went wrong in, they say that the resurrection has already past. Jesus has already died, rose again, and gone back to heaven; but that is not what they are talking about. They are talking about the "resurrection of the Christian after death." (Barclay commentary; The letters to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. pg. 174) They are saying that that already happened, but it has not, we must wait for the last day. I am not going to go into this, right now at least; I just wanted to explain that real quick.
They are leading some people astray. It says, "and overthrow the faith of some." They are leading some astray. This is very sad. They are leading them astray, by making them believe that what they say is true, and what they believed before is wrong. And what is worse, is that once they are lead astray, they might lead others astray also.
AHHH!!! I tried to end on a happy note, and it didn't work! Oh, well. Tomorrow we are going to be talking about the firm foundation of God, and vessels of honour and of dishonour. I encourage y'all to read ahead, and start thinking about those next few verses we'll be studying. God bless! Buttercup <3