According to the Bible, teachers who reject the gospel of grace when others try to teach it to them have been taken captive by the devil to do his will (2 Timothy 2:23-26).
In addition, their hearts are closed and their minds have been blinded to grace by the god of this age (2 Corinthians 3:14-16; 4:3-6).
When communicating with Bible teachers who reject the fullness of grace, Paul gives great advice to Timothy (2 Timothy 2:23-26)
1. Don't Argue
2. Be Kind
3. Be Patient
By having this attitude toward Bible teachers who have been taken captive by the devil to do his will, which is to suppress the good news of grace, their hearts may be softened and their eyes opened in the hope God will grant them repentance, leading to a knowledge of the truth of grace (2 Timothy 2:25).
An often quoted verse is 2 Timothy 2:15, which says:
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Let’s take a look at this verse in context.
The author is Paul.
The recipient is Timothy.
Timothy was the Pastor/Teacher of the church in Ephesus (1 Timothy 1:3).
Paul wrote an earlier letter to Timothy while Timothy was in Ephesus (1 Timothy).
In this letter, Paul explained why he wanted Timothy to remain in Ephesus: “...to command certain men not to teach false doctrines
“Now I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I learn how you are doing. I have nobody else like him who will genuinely care for your needs. For all the others look after their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know Timothy’s proven worth, that as a child with his father he has served with me to advance the gospel. So I hope to send him as soon as I see what happens with me. And I trust in the Lord that I myself will come soon.”
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus…
Together, Paul and Timothy wrote a letter to the church in Philippi. The church in Philippi was started by Paul, Timothy, and their companions while on their mission to start grace-based churches all over the Roman Empire. The Lord opened the heart of Lydia, a resident of Philippi, to the good news of God’s grace. The Philippian church began to meet in her home (Acts 16).
Paul was Timothy’s mentor in the good news of grace. Jesus had given Paul the assignment of sharing the good news of grace with people all over the Roman Empire and to start grace-based churches its cities (Acts 20:23-24).