15 You are aware of the fact that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes (2 Timothy 1).
Here lies an example where folks sometimes need to be singled out. Paul begins with “all who are in Asia” but then narrows it further by naming two specific people: “Phygelus and Hermogenes.” We do not know anything about these two, but my guess is they were teachers or leaders, and Paul did not want such cowardly and faithless men to work their way as leaders into churches in safer regions. They had abandoned him and denied the faith when he was arrested, and therefore they needed to be held to account.
Like the disciples who abandoned Jesus in the Garden, should they not be given a second chance? Perhaps, but not without proof of repentance and faith. After all, if they were truly believers at all, they had a “leg up” on the Apostles in that the Holy Spirit was living within them, while in the Apostles’ testing in the Garden, Pentecost had not yet occurred.
Lord, help us This Day to realize the responsibility we have as followers of Christ (and especially as leaders in Your church) to be held to account for our faith. Amen.