Overcoming change can have one of two meanings. Either it overwhelms you; or you overwhelm it. Apostle Paul had heard of the breach in sound doctrine being taught in the Ephesian church and knew that time was of the essence. Like rotting fruit in a basket, other people were being infected by the heresy taught by the few. So, Paul instructed Timothy to overcome the change that sought to overwhelm the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This may explain why you are in you current context. Consider Isaiah 55.5.
Change means destructive contrast.
- 1 Timothy 1.3-4 discuss the heresy, and verse 11 identifies its target. Remember that the origin and end of heresy is discussed in Isaiah 14.12-15. And, the process of such deception is revealed in Jeremiah 13.10.
- Paul has already written about the heresy to believers at Colosse, in Colossians 2.8. Note how this was being lived out in Ephesus, in 1 Timothy 6.3-5.
- The heresy in Ephesus was stronger because the city was the center for the worship of fertility that they identified with the Greek goddess of moon worship, Diana (Roman goddess Artemis). Acts 19.21-41 shows the ferocity of the artisans who merchandised items of worship to the gullible populous.
- Paul and Barnabas had found Lystra (Acts 14.8-18) and this region of Asia Minor overrun by such mythology. It must be uprooted!
- Such heresy could only be overwhelmed by the truth of the Gospel! Consider 1 Timothy 1.18-20 and 4.1-3.
- Acts 17.30-31 gives Paul’s argument against similar heresies at Mars Hill in Athens, Greece. Perhaps, he is remembering this when he writes Romans 1.18-23.
Change means constructive contrast.
- 1 Timothy 4.7-8 gives Paul’s instruction to Timothy in the face of heresy. Simply stated: have nothing to do with heresy, but train yourself to be godly!
- 1 Timothy 4.9-5.2 is how Timothy should train himself. Pay attention to each instruction; it builds muscles for different uses. Also read 1 Timothy 6.11-12, 20-21.
- Paul probably was remembering his words in Romans 12.1-2 while writing to Timothy. Transforming your mind is the first requirement; your body will follow. Transforming occurs when philosophies of men are displaced by the truth from God.
- Jude 20-21 adds prayer to godly training: trapping erroneous thoughts for replacement with godly promises which are truth.
You are Timothy on assignment to confront relativism, mysticism, and other heresies that the Holy Spirit points out in your context. Engage the fight with the assurance of Matthew 10.19-20 and Hebrews 13.5-6!
Keep looking up for Jesus; Luke 21.28. Praise God!