A Spiritual or a Symbolic One….

But reject empty speeches that violate what is holy, for they will lead to more and more ungodliness,  and their word will spread like gangrene. Hymenaeus and Philetus are among them. These men have deviated from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already occurred, and they are subverting the faith of some.


What happens when such direction is disregarded? Some members of the early Christian congregation did just that and became apostates. Hymenaeus and Philetus are mentioned as men who subverted the faith of some and whose empty speeches ‘violated what is holy.’

One of their assertions was that the resurrection had already taken place, evidently either a spiritual or a symbolic one, and therefore there was no further resurrection in the future under God’s Kingdom.

The appointed authority came to the rescue. Christian elders were able to refute such arguments because as representatives of Jesus Christ, they used the authority of Scripture.

The same is true today in the Christian congregation, which is described as “a pillar and support of the truth.”  Never will false teachings be allowed to despoil “the pattern of healthful words,” preserved for us as a fine trust within the Bible’s pages.

While respect for authority is rapidly disappearing in the world, as Christians we recognize that proper authorities in the community, in the family, and in the Christian congregation are established for our benefit. Respect for authority is essential for our well-being physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

By accepting and respecting such God given authority, we will be safeguarded by the greatest authorities Jehovah God and Jesus Christ for our eternal good.


~ by DJ Camstar on 14/11/2016.

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