Summary: Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. - 2 Timothy 3:8 God's true leaders have always been opposed in various ways. Moses was clearly a true leader of God's people and he went through many hard experiences of ..
Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. - 2 Timothy 3:8
God's true leaders have always been opposed in various ways. Moses was clearly a true leader of God's people and he went through many hard experiences of doubt and accusation from the very people he was trying to serve. Being a shepherd in the body of Christ will always come with misunderstanding at times. Apart from those pressures the enemy will always be sending his false workers to mimic and oppose the true work of God. This happened with Moses where the Egyptian magicians re-created some of the miracles (Exodus 7). Jannes and Jambres are only mentioned in the New Testament this once, yet in Church history documents they are revealed to be 2 of the magicians that opposed Moses. Some also state that they ended up becoming converts but were in the end judged by God as they were false converts and not true followers. They were likened to "sons of Balaam" and were destroyed either in the Red Sea, the destruction of the Golden Calf or the killing of Korah and his followers. As the next verse alludes to, that they will not get very far "as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone" (2 Timothy 3:9). God's enemies cannot hid for very long, they will come out opposing the truth and seeking to discredit it where at all possible. They are not in the faith even if they speak of it for a season.
It is good to also note that false teachers are not blatantly appearing to be something other then Christian, but they come as Christians looking in many ways as others in the body of Christ. We see that most if not all schism and false teachings come from within the faith and not without. Those believers who started off well, but ended twisting the truth and opposing the very God who showed them mercy. We see this principle also in Adam and Eve passing on the true faith to Abel but Cain twisted the true teaching to his own rejection (Genesis 4:6). Some of the worse opposers of truth are not those like atheists who clearly reject God himself. But those within the body of Christ who subtly twist God's words and ways before the people of God. We see that false teachers are happy to win over anyone to their cause, taking time to even deceive one gullible woman (2 Timothy 3:6). These teachers do work through women and others apart from the knowledge of spiritual Elders and leaders to work discord in the Church. They encourage others like themselves to be loud, boastful, proud, to reject authority over parents and ultimately over Overseers in the Church. Their way is the way of unforgivenness and to speak abusively against those they disagree with. In the end to oppose spiritual leaders who hold the truth is opposing God's words. Jannes and Jambres were fighting and in the end opposing God.