“You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.”  –2 Timothy 1:15

“Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have swerved from the truth….They are upsetting the faith of some.”  –2 Timothy 2:17-18

“For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica.”  –2 Timothy 4:9

“Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.  Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message.”  –2 Timothy 4:14-15

Paul had quite a list of enemies.  He mentioned more of them by name in this book than anywhere else.  Some of these were from outside the church, such as Alexander, while others rose from within the church.  Most painful of all was Demas’ betrayal — the desertion by someone who was close to Paul.

Christianity is not meant for those who want to be friends with everyone.  We will face rejection from without and within if we really believe the truth of the gospel in all its glory and offense.

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