One is, that then, as Koppe observes, the words would have been inverted -, pseudologōn en hupokriseiThe other is, that if that construction is adopted, it must be carried through the sentence, and then all the phrases “speaking lies,” “having their conscience seared,” “forbidding to marry,” etc., must be referred to demons. He concludes the chapter with an exhortation to Timothy, 1. 1. He who does not do this can expect to accomplish nothing.That thy profiting - Greek Thy going forward; that is, thy advancement, or progress. And it is the only thing that “promises” such a life. Speaketh expressly - In express words, ῥητῶς rētōsIt was not by mere hints, and symbols, and shadowy images of the future; it was in an open and plain manner - in so many words. Godly people must labour and expect reproach; they must do well, and yet expect at the same time to suffer ill: toil and trouble are to be expected by us in this world, not only as men, but as saints. Soc. 4. The apostle would have Timothy to instil into the minds of Christians such sentiments as might prevent their being seduced by the judaizing teachers. 1. Ministers are to be much in meditation. The declaration is to be understood in a popular sense, and it is undoubtedly true that a faithful minister will be the means of saving many sinners. What God has created is to be received with thanksgiving. “Secondly,” in the Papal communion the doctrine of “exorcism” is still held - implying a belief that evil spirits or demons have power over the human frame - a doctrine which comes fairly under the meaning of the phrase here - “the doctrine respecting demons.” If this be the true construction, then it will mean that those who departed from the faith did it “by” or “through” the hypocritical teachings of those who spoke lies, or who knew that they were inculcating falsehoods; of those whose conscience was seared; of those who forbade to marry, etc. It is rendered “shall follow,” in Matthew 16:17; “having had understanding,” in Luke 1:3; and “hast fully known,” in 2 Timothy 3:10. Here is another of Paul's faithful sayings, worthy of all acceptation - that all our labours and losses in the service of God and the work of religion will be abundantly recompensed, so that though we lose for Christ we shall not lose by him. It is a sign that men have departed from the faith when they will command what God has forbidden, such as saint and angel or demon-worship; and forbid what God has allowed or commanded, such as marriage and meats. This does not refer to his “public teaching” - in which he could not probably be an “example” to them - but to his usual and familiar conversation. Profane - The word here used does not mean that the fables here referred to were blasphemous or impious in their character, but that they had not the character of true religion; 2 Timothy 2:16. d And old wives‘ - Old women‘s stories; or such as old women held to be important. To Venantius and Italica . The Bible uses the phrase “ the faith ” in this way many places: Acts 6:7 and 14:22, Colossians 1:23, 1 Timothy 1:19, and Jude 1:3. d. Deceiving spirits : This refers to demonic spirits (angelic beings who have rebelled against God), who seek to deceive men and women and to entice them away from the truth. Having their conscience seared with a hot iron -, And commanding to abstain from meats, … -. They supposed that they took a deep interest in human affairs. All these, whatever flattering hopes of happiness they may hold out here, have no assurance of future eternal bliss. It is found in the following places, and with the following significations: deliverance from peril, 2 Corinthians 1:11; a gift or quality of the mind, 1 Corinthians 7:7; gifts of Christian knowledge or consolation, Romans 1:11; 1 Corinthians 1:7; redemption or salvation through Christ, Romans 5:15-16; Romans 6:23; Romans 11:29; the miraculous endowments conferred by the Holy Spirit, Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians 12:4, 1Corinthians 12:9,1 Corinthians 12:28, 1 Corinthians 12:30-31, and the special gift or endowment for the work of the ministry, 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6; 1 Peter 4:10. Soc. And prayer - If it is partaken of with prayer. True Christians trust in the living God; for cursed is the man that trusts in man, or in any but the living God; and those that trust in him shall never be ashamed. Infidelity makes no “promise” of future happiness. Instances of the construction where the genitive denotes the “object,” and should be translated “concerning,” occur in Matthew 9:25; “The gospel of the kingdom,” i. e., concerning the kingdom; Matthew 10:1; “Power of unclean spirits,” i. e., over or concerning unclean spirits; so, also, Acts 4:9; Romans 16:15; 2 Corinthians 1:5; Ephesians 3:1; Revelation 2:13. 20. (a)He was so to live that no one would despise him or his ministry because he was young; 1 Timothy 4:12. II. (2) an accordance with the Jewish views respecting demoniacal possessions and the power of exorcising them. There can be no doubt, therefore, that the Holy Spirit designed to designate that apostate church. The meaning is, that “certain persons” would thus depart, or that “there would be” an apostasy of the kind here mentioned, in the last days. [3.] If this view should extensively prevail in the Christian church, it would be in accordance with the language of the prediction. And doctrines of devils - Greek, “Teachings of demons - διδασκαλίαις δαιμωνίων didaskaliais daimōniōnThis may either mean teachings “respecting” demons, or teachings “by” demons. II. This was the meaning of the word when the translation of the Bible was made. It seems to be the former, for it was by laying on of hands, etc. They offered sacrifices, and performed rites and ceremonies to propitiate their favor. False doctrine in the end times. It is done by their hypocrisy, professing honour to Christ, and yet at the same time fighting against all his anointed offices, and corrupting or profaning all his ordinances. The perfection even of the most upright creature, speaks always some imperfection in comparison of God, who is most perfect. To conduct himself with that gravity and prudence which might gain him respect, notwithstanding his youth: ldblquote Let no man despise thy youth; that is, give no man an occasion to despise thy youth. Having mentioned their hypocritical fastings, the apostle takes occasion to lay down the doctrine of the Christian liberty, which we enjoy under the gospel, of using God's good creatures, - that, whereas under the law there was a distinction of meats between clean and unclean (such sorts of flesh they might eat, and such they might not eat), all this is now taken away; and we are to call nothing common or unclean, {cf11ul Act 10:15}. Take heed unto thyself - This may be understood as relating to everything of a personal nature that would qualify him for his work.