πŸ‘‘ Instructing Those That Oppose Themselves

β€œAnd the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26).

How do we combat Bible ignorance? WeΒ β€œin meekness instruct those that oppose themselves!”

We all begin life as physical babies but we doΒ notΒ remain in that state. Eventually, we grow up and become adults. Rather than depending on others all our life, we increasingly do for ourselves. Just as we move on in our experience in life, so we become better aware of what is going on and what is expected of us. It is abnormal for us not to make such progress. We all grow at different rates, but we still grow. For an adult to think and behave like a small child is most tragic, and sadly, most churches today are nothing but spiritual nurseries. Spiritual immaturity isΒ notΒ a sin.Β ProlongedΒ spiritual immaturity is!

Colossians 2:7 says of the Christian life:Β β€œRooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” The Lord Jesus Christ is the source of the Christian life. We are edified in Him. We should beΒ β€œstablished [stabilized] in the faith:” that is, we are spiritually steadied,Β notΒ β€œchildren, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness…” (EphesiansΒ 4:14). The key is to beΒ β€œtaught” sound Bible doctrineβ€”and there is rarely anyΒ teachingΒ going on in Christian assemblies today. Most of the focus is on music, dancing, singing, liturgy, ceremonies, and prayers!

Friends, so many Christians are living contrary to who God has made them in His Son, Jesus Christ. In humility, gentleness, we must use the Word of God rightly divided to warn them, to teach them, to tell them how to come to the knowledge of the truth and escape the snare of the Devil! We mustΒ β€œinstruct those that oppose themselves [the truth]!” source

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