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by Wayne Blank
"By rejecting conscience, certain persons have made shipwreck of their faith, among them Hymenaeus"
Paul explained that all people are sinners, but that God's mercy, and the sacrifice of the Savior, are given to repentant sinners - those with a good conscience (see the Fact Finder question below). Hymenaeus "rejected conscience," that is, he rejected repentance, while claiming to be a Christian. Hymenaeus tragically believed that lawlessness was the way to salvation. What was Paul's answer to those who believe that? "Certain persons have made shipwreck of their faith, among them Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme" (see below).
"The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners; but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life. To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Hymenaeus also rejected the truth about the future resurrection of the dead, in effect, claiming that he was "born again" now (see the Fact Finder question below). Paul called such false teachings "godless chatter."
"The saying is sure: If we have died with Him, we shall also live with Him; if we endure, we shall also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He also will deny us; if we are faithless, He remains faithful - for He cannot deny Himself.
Fact Finder: (a) What is meant in the Holy Scriptures as a "good conscience"? (b) When will humans truly be "born again"?