2 Timothy 2:14 - Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.
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You ever have a disagreement or argument with someone and you come to the place where you have no more rebuttal? You may actually say something you regret or revert to adolescence and say something like, “I know you are but what am I?” It kinda feels like that’s what many arguments come to, no matter their high level of seeming importance.
There were many arguments and quarreling about words that happened in the early church, as they do still today. Many in Paul’s day had to do with how believers should live. Should believers follow the law and be circumcised or should it be by faith alone? Was it a works issue or a faith issue? And there were many levels of that argument.
Paul wisely instructs young Pastor Timothy to stay away from such bickering and quarreling because it does no good in the long run and ruins those who listen. The word “ruin” here, is the Greek word in which we get the English word “catastrophe”. It means a subversive overthrowing and destruction of something. Not only does it do this to those who are listening but also to those who are involved. It overthrows the truth and core of a matter. He does tell Timothy though, to do his best to correctly handle the word of truth.
Don’t revert to adolescence today or be drawn into a contest of bickering and quarreling. It does no good. It ruins the confidence and trust of truth. Know God’s Word. Stand on it. Live it. God is able to handle the rest.