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Colossians 4:14 (NET) 14 part B Our dear friend Luke the physician and Demas greet you.
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Phrases:
Our dear friend Luke the physician and – see previous Bible study about Luke.
Demas greet you – we know very little about Demas. It appears that he was with Paul to send along his greetings at the time Paul wrote this letter to the Colossians.

Below are additional verses in the New Treatment about Demas.

  • Philemon 1:24 (NET) 24 Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my colaborers, greet you too.
  • 2 Timothy 4:10 (NET) 10 For Demas deserted me, since he loved the present age, and he went to Thessalonica. Crescens went to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia.

Therefore, when you piece together the life of Demas you have the following:

  • His name is pronounced day-mas.
  • Demas was a Gentile since he was not named in the list of converted Jews shown Colossians 4 verses 10 and 11.
  • Demas was a colaborer of Paul.
  • Demas was with Paul when Paul wrote to the Colossians and to Philemon.
  • Demas left Paul to go to Thessalonica.  This may have been his home town.  Many believe 2 Tim was Paul’s last letter written before his death.
  • Demas deserted Paul because of his love for the present age.
  • The Greek word translated, deserted, in 2 Tim 4:10, can be translated in a good way as, leave behind, or in a bad way as, desert.
  • The Greek word, aion, is translated as age in 2 Tim 4:10.
  • The sense is that Demas was finished with his sacrificial labor with Paul, and he chose to leave Paul because he loved this present age.
  • We do not know if Demas every returned to ministry.

Below are a few possible interpretations regarding this statement…

1. Demas not only forsook Paul, but He also forsook Christ.

  • 1 John 2:15 Do not love the world (cosmos) or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, 2:16 because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions)  is not from the Father, but is from the world. 2:17 And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever.

Discussion Question:

  • Do you know of others who deserted their service to God and completely abandoned their faith in Christ?

2. Demas forsook Paul to pursue a temporary backslider’s lifestyle, after all, at one time Demas was Paul’s colaborer.

2 Thessalonians 3

14 But if anyone does not obey our message through this letter, take note of him and do not associate closely with him, so that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

Discussion Questions:

  • Do you know of others who deserted their service to God to pursue the world even after serving Christ for many years?
  • How should we respond to those who have deserted God, deserted service to God, or deserted the church?
  • Have you ever had a brother or sister forsake you when you were counting on them? If so, how did this affect you?
  • What would you tell someone that is considering abandoning God?

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Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.

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Do you have Temptations of Desertion like Demas?

Bob,

Though others may forsake you, I will never leave you. I will never leave you or abandon you.

Are you hurt by others?

Do you doubt Me because of the evil in this world?

Is the lust of sin calling your name?

Do you feel I am not enough?

Are you seeking to be satisfied with sin or substance?

Then,

Repent toward Me.

Draw close to Me.

Come talk to Me.

Find your treasure in Me.

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