2 Timothy 3

2 Timothy 3 has Paul warning Timothy that people are going to be people.  “For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power”.  These were the words describing people ‘in the last days’ which sure sounds a lot like where we are living today.  People will be people which means they will be self centered and full of sin, which is why we need God’s grace and a Savior.

So what are we to do with folks who are like this?  “Avoid such people….these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and  disqualified regarding the faith”.  We need to be careful who we hang around.  We are impacted by those whose company we keep.  Paul reminds Timothy of the impact of his life on him: “You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings”.  We don’t have to act like the lovers of self Paul described to start this chapter.  We can choose to live like Paul and set an example where people can see Jesus in every area of our life.

But it isn’t easy as Paul warns that “all who desire to  live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted”.  The world and our very real enemy in Satan himself will seek to derail and destroy our faith and foundation.  We need to “continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus”.  We need to hang onto the truth of God’s Word and make sure we are walking in faith as Christ Followers.

The truth comes directly from God through His Holy Scriptures.  “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work”.  The Word is all we need.  It tells us a truth that means more than our opinions, tells us when we are wrong in our thinking or conduct and tells us how to live rightly before God and men.  It is all we need.  Guzik writes it is a “spiritual work, a spiritual blessing which God works in us as we come to the Bible and let Him speak to us. This goes beyond our intellectual understanding. It is filled with great spiritual power beyond our intellect:

  • The Bible gives us eternal life (1 Peter 1:23).
  • The Bible spiritually cleanses us (Ephesians 5:26).
  • The Bible gives us power against demonic spirits (Ephesians 6:17).
  • The Bible brings spiritual power to heal our bodies (Matthew 8:16).
  • The Bible brings us spiritual strength (Psalm 119:28).
  • The Bible has the power to spiritually build faith in us (Romans 10:17).

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