I wonder what Paul means in verse 5?
In verses 13-14, the serpent is punished for its role in Adam and Eve’s disobedience.
I wonder what the serpent looked like before being cursed to crawl on its belly. My sense is that most contemporary imagery misses the mark, and that the serpent was a beautiful animal in the Garden.
And I find the interaction between the serpent and Satan to be a curious one.
Christians must be evervigilant.
Hymenaeus and Alexander were sincere believers whose faith ws “shipwrecked.”
Paul “handed them over to Satan” to teach them a lesson.
It is vital that believers not engage in sinful actions which require this level of intervention.
But many of us do, in fact, require a strong level of correction.
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Paul reminds Timothy to “fight the good fight” against Hymenaeus and Alexander.
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