Summary: Whose words eat like a cancer. Protection from cancer eating words.
Text: 2 Tim 2:15-17
Here we see the use of gangrene as an illustration for the destruction of faith.
This is a medical allegory.
A parable - cast alongside to compare, like as to give illumination. Rather than gross everyone out with a discussion of gangrene, I will use cancer as a substitute metaphor. Cancer spreads from infected to unaffected areas, and destroys healthy tissue just like gangrene does. So I think it is a suitable replacement metaphor.
Perhaps the major difference between the two is that gangrene actually kills living tissue whereas cancer is not necessarily the death of cells, but the malignant growth of damaged cells.
For example pain’s purpose:
To alert one to an injury
To immobilize and prevent further injury
To demand immediate remedial action to a damaged area.
David’s heart smote him. (The closer you are to God the more pain you will feel when your spirit is hurt. Some are so far they have no idea that they have ever grieved the Holy Spirit!)
Their word eats as a cancer.
Steps necessary for cancer.
1. A carcinogen
4. Multiplication within the victim
6. The absence of remedial action. Jer 8:20-22
In this case what does the cancer eat? (Faith)
Faith eating words.
Whose report will you believe
How do you protect from cancer?
Close: God is God, whose report will you believe?