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โ€œHymenaeus and Alexanderโ€ฆI have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blasphemeโ€ (I Timothyย 1:20).

Who were these guys, how were they blaspheming, and what does it mean when it says Paul delivered them to Satan? Whatโ€™s Satanโ€™s address anyway? Well, there seems to be more than one Alexander in the Bible, but there is only one other mention of a Hymenaeus:

โ€œโ€ฆHymenaeus and Philetusโ€ฆconcerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of someโ€ (II Tim.ย 2:18).

If our text is speaking of the same man teaching the same error, it would appear that by the time Paul wrote these words in his second epistle to Timothy that Alexander had learned not to blaspheme. But Hymenaeus had evidently gone on to find a new partner in a man named Philetus. These new โ€œpartners in crimeโ€ then proceeded to โ€œoverthrow the faith of someโ€ by continuing to teach Hymenaeusโ€™ error, โ€œthat the resurrection is past already.โ€

Since the โ€œoverthrowโ€ of Sodom involved itsย complete destructionย (Gen.ย 19:24,25), the overthrow of a believerโ€™s faith must involve the same.ย I know it would destroy my faith in God if I thought that the resurrection of the Rapture had taken place and Iโ€™d been left behind, instead of being caught up to meet the Lord in the air with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord as God promised (I Thes. 4:15-17).

Rather than allow the faith of Godโ€™s people to be overthrown like that, Paul went on in the very next verse to argue that the resurrection couldย notย be past:

โ€œNevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal,ย The Lord knoweth them that are Hisโ€ฆโ€ (II Timothyย 2:19).

Paul responded to Hymeneusโ€™ error by declaring that the Lord knows them that are His, so there is no way He would have leftย anyย believerย behind at the Rapture!

When Hymeneus and Alexander first began to teach otherwise, Paul delivered them to Satan in the same way he told the Corinthians to deliver a man to Satan (I Cor. 5:5), by putting him out of the assembly (v.2,13). That may sound harsh, but Paul knew it was the only way Hymeneus and Alexander would โ€œlearn not to blaspheme.โ€

When we think of blasphemy, we think of cursing the name of God (Lev. 24:15,16), but there are other ways to blaspheme. When the king of Assyria suggested that God couldnโ€™t deliver His people the way He promised He would (II Kingsย 18:33โ€”19:2), Hezekiah pronounced it โ€œblasphemyโ€ (19:3). And this is the kind of blasphemy of which Hymeneus and his cohorts were guilty as well. When they suggested that God couldnโ€™t deliver every member of the Body of Christ at the Rapture, as He promised He would in the epistles of Paul, they too blasphemed!

If you are thankful that the Lord Jesus Christ plans to employ a โ€œno man left behindโ€ policy at the Rapture, donโ€™t forget that after assuring us that โ€œthe Lord knoweth them that are His,โ€ Paul went on to tell us how we can express our gratitude for that assurance: โ€œLet every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquityโ€ (II Tim.ย 2:20). source

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