Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 6 Study # 1
May 21, 2006
20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.
1901 ASV Translation:
20 O Timothy, guard that which is committed unto thee, turning away from the profane babblings and oppositions of the knowledge which is falsely so called;
21 which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with you.
- I. Paul's Final Words to Timothy.
- A. O Timothy...
- B. Guard that which has been committed to you... [Guard the deposit... -- see 2 Timothy 1:14 and compare with 2 Timothy 1:12].
- C. Turning away from the profane empty sounds...
- 1. There is a host of both profane and empty sounds (words/teachings) which are deeply rooted in both deliberate deception and antagonistic ignorance cloaked in the appearances of "truth".
- 2. There is, therefore, a powerful need to never entertain the possibility that there is "truth" apart from omniscience-based revelation.
- a. This is not to say that there is no "data" apart from biblical revelation; creation is a revelation of the Creator.
- b. But it is to say that there is no legitimate hope that the transition from "data" to "wisdom" can occur apart from divine instruction -- i.e., particular, verbal revelation; the Bible.
- 3. There would always have to be a reason for entertaining such a possibility.
- a. One must ask: given a dependable, verbal set of instructions, why would anyone go elsewhere?
- b. There is always an evil attitude and intent behind every turn from dependable instructions to "theoretical possibilities" which have been created by imagination.
- D. And the antitheses of the falsely named "knowledge"...
- 1. Which some "professing" (from the typical "promising")...
- 2. Have erred (swerved aside from) concerning the faith.
- E. The Grace [is] with you.