What Happened to Demas?

(What Happened to Demas?) Bible Question.

Question:

“The Bible says Demas forsook Paul, having loved the present world. What does that mean? What happened to him?”

Answer:

Demas was a co-worker of the apostle Paul,Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.” (Philemon 23, 24; New International Version)

He was with Paul during the apostle’s first imprisonment. Paul wrote from prison in Rome to the church at Colossae,Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings.” (Colossians 4:14)

Finally, Demas is said to have deserted Paul, “. . . Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. . . “ (2 Timothy 4:10a)

As Paul describes Demas’ actions, he is drawing a contrast with an earlier statement he had just made in the same letter. . . I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7, 8). Demas, unlike those who were longing for the coming of Jesus, has decided to put his trust in the present time.

Scholars are divided on what exactly happened to Demas. Some believe he did not want to be with Paul during a second trial in Rome. Some contend that he did not forsake the Lord, but instead merely deserted Paul. I think Demas left the Lord and His work altogether. Instead of being among them longing for the Lord’s return, he favored this world. To me, that says he gave up on being a Christian and (in the process of giving up) abandoned Paul. But again, this is my conclusion.

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Full-Time Trust

Full-Time Trust – Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.

It’s easy to trust God on Sunday during worship services.  It’s Monday through Saturday that’s the problem for most people. How can you trust God all the time, no matter what is going on in your life? Notice Luke 23:46 and Colossians 3:15 – 4:6 for some answers. Both Scripture references are taken from the New International Version.

Christ’s Confidence: Luke 23:46

“Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ When he had said this, he breathed his last.”

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A Christian’s Confidence: Colossians 3:15 – 4:6

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

21 Fathers,do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.

4:1 Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

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1. Describe the tone or mood of Colossians 3:15 – 17.

2. Why is thankfulness such a key ingredient in a Christian’s life?

3. What do these verses say about roles and attitudes in a Christian marriage?

4. Look at verses 20, 21. What does this say about God’s design for parent-child relationships?

5. Now read Colossians 3:22 – 4:1. Let’s assume Paul’s instructions can apply to employees and employers today. What does he say our attitude should be toward work? Our employers? Our employees? Why?

Paul wasn’t living in some ideal world when he wrote these instructions. He knew life wasn’t always fair or just the way he wanted. He chose to trust God no matter what was going on in his life.

6. Suppose your life is rotten right now. Why can you, as a child of God, still follow these instructions? Consider Colossians 3:17, 23 – 25 and Colossians 4:5, 6.

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