2 Timothy 4:10 for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica…
I remember this verse from preacher class at college.
I was given this verse and told to create sermon points.
Two other verses involve Demas – Philem 24 and Col 4:14
I called the sermon “Backsliding to Thessalonica”.
The idea was about Demas joining Paul, and company, in the missionary journeys.
In the letter to Philemon Demas is called a fellow laborer along with Mark, Aristarchus, and Luke.
Later on Paul addressed the churches of Colossae, Paul mentions a few names with some accolades but says simply “and Demas greet you.”
Perhaps he became a little disallusioned, much like Mark did in Pamphylia (Acts 15:38).
Then to Timothy he reveals Demas had left.
Why Thessalonica? I think the city was his home and he went back to doing his old ways, having loved this present world.
You and I know people like this.
They seem to receive salvation and are baptized.
They are excited about church, learning, and doing things for the kingdom of God.
Then their excitement begins to fade. They start missing church here and there and soon they don’t show up at all.
No explanation or they make up a lame excuse, in my opinion.
It’s a spirit – the Demas spirit that people allow to influence their life.
I’ll say to those affected by the Demas spirit I remind you of the words of Jesus to the church at Ephesus – you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works. Rev 2:4-5