by Darrel Cline (darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)
Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 6 Study # 1 Lincolnton, NC 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.