Ignorant disputes, gentle correction, Sovereign God
2 Timothy 2:23-25 (NKJV)
But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth
Here is the Holy Spirit's analysis of the proverbs we looked at yesterday about answering a fool's folly. Avoid quarreling but don't be silent. I want this picture of the Lord's servant to be a picture of me. I like this person described here: gentle and patient teacher who takes responsibility to humbly correct those who don't know the truth and by human nature are opposed to it.
I must humbly point out how God is involved in such activity. The truth only comes from God and it only comes when He decides to give it. Jesus taught that we should repent; here it is God who grants repentance. Salvation is a sovereign act of God. Man has no claim to any part of it. In our humanness we naturally resist this truth. But even the faith to believe and the will to repent come from God.
The truth of the Holy Scriptures are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. [2 Tim 3:15]
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
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