Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
And the person who was sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the message and immediately welcomes it joyfully,
And some seed fell on rocky ground where there was not much soil, and immediately it sprouted up because the soil was so shallow.
And those people [represented by the seed falling] on rocky ground are those who, upon hearing the word [of God], accept it gladly, but since they have no root [system], they believe it for [only] awhile, and [then] in times of trial fall away [from God].
He will cut off [See verse 6] every branch [i.e., follower of Christ] who is in [fellowship with] me that does not bear fruit. And He will prune every branch that does bear fruit, so it will bear more fruit.
We have heard that certain [men] who left here have been upsetting you people and [even] undermining [some people's] spiritual lives by what they have been teaching. This was done without our authorization [or approval].
[Indeed, even] from among your own selves [i.e., the body of elders there in Ephesus] some men will arise and, by speaking false things, they will lead away the disciples, [influencing them] to follow them.
2 Peter 2:20
For if people who have escaped from the defiling practices of the world by coming to know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, become tangled up in them again, and are overcome by them, these people are worse off than before they were converted.
These are people who cause divisions [among God's people]; they follow their natural inclinations [i.e., worldly principles], for they do not have the Holy Spirit [in their lives].
But it is not as if the word of God [i.e., His promise to Israel] has failed [in its fulfillment]. For not all those descended from the Israelites are [truly] Israelites [i.e., God's people].
So, now also, there is a small minority which has been selected by God's unearned favor [i.e., to be saved].
1 Corinthians 11:19
For it is to be expected [i.e., it is inevitable] that there would be dissensions among you, so that those who are approved [by God] can become known among you.
2 Timothy 3:9
But they will not advance any farther [in their sin] because their foolish ways will become obvious to everyone, just as those of Jannes and Jambres were.
But we are not like those people who turn back and are destroyed, but like those who have faith [in God] and obtain the salvation of their souls.
Five of the bridesmaids were foolish and five were sensible.
They will not follow a stranger, but will run from him, for they do not recognize the voice of strangers."
1 Timothy 5:15
For some [young widows] have already turned away [from their commitment to God] to serve Satan.