Here is a Bible study, commentary and summary of chapter three of Second Timothy.
2 Timothy 3:1-4 “But understand this, that in the last days there shall come times of difficulty. For people will be self-loving, money-loving, haughty, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, impious, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, puffed up with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
Does this describe our society today or what? No wonder the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy that they are “having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into houses and capture weak women, laden with sins and led astray by various passions, ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2nd Tim 3:5-7). All of these things that Paul lists center around pride and God will resist every proud person there is (James 4:6).
Do verses 1-7 provide an accurate description of our society today?
Why would we need to avoid such people?
What does Paul mean by writing that they are those “who creep into households?”
What does Paul mean that they “capturing weak women… and leading them astray by various passions?
2 Timothy 3:8-9 “As Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupt in spirit and disqualified as to the faith. But they will not go very far, for their madness will be obvious to all, as was that of these two men.
Do you remember, in the journeys to the desert of Israel, how some opposed Moses to the face? What happened to them? They are the ones who rebelled against Moses, which is tantamount to rebelling against God, and the earth swallowed them up (Numbers 16:32). It will be the same fate for those who oppose God today and as Paul says, “They won’t get very far.”
Were there men in Moses’ day like Jannes and Jambres who opposed Paul, Timothy and ultimately God?
What does Paul mean “Won’t they get far?”
Who will stop them?
If anyone opposes the faith, is he “disqualified as far as faith is concerned?”
2 Timothy 3:12-13 “For all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while the wicked and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
Once again Paul goes back to the fact that suffering is normal, but it is only for those who “Desire to live a godly life in Christ” who will be persecuted. The evil today is getting worse, day after day. A simple glance back a few years ago to what we see today in movies, television, magazines and even advertising proves that more and more sexually explicit images are appearing and with more and more vulgarity. Things in the world are certainly going “from bad to worse” and many are deluded into thinking, this is normal, when it is absolutely not.
Have you ever been persecuted for your faith?
If you have never suffered persecution, ask yourself why not?
Have you seen an increase in violence, sexual images and profanity in recent years?
2 Timothy 3:14-15 “But as for you, abide in what you have learned and firmly believed in, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you know the sacred writings, which can make yourself wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
After saying what is to come in the last days, Paul reassured Timothy to continue in what he learned and what he firmly believed in and to reflect on his childhood as he knew the Holy Scriptures well, most likely through his grandmother and his mother. the “the sacred writings…are able to do [him] wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christbecause the scriptures spoke a lot about the coming of the Messiah, the Son of David, who is Jesus Christ.
Why did Paul tell Timothy that he was well versed in the Scriptures?
Why did Paul tell Timothy to continue in what he learned and firmly believed?
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is breathed of God and helpful to teach, to convict, to correct, and to instruct in righteousness, that the man of God may be accomplished and equipped for every good work.”
Finally, Paul dwells on the Scriptures that Timothy knows well because all the Scriptures are inspired by God and are useful in teaching, correcting, correcting and instructing in righteousness so that a man of God and a woman of God may be complete in Christ and be equipped forever with the good work that God has prepared beforehand for us to walk (Eph 2:10).
Why does Paul mention rebuking, correcting, and correcting Timothy?
Were there any who needed it?
Don’t we all need it?
In this very last book or letter ever written by Paul, he warns Timothy (and by extension, us) that the last days are going to be bad… getting worse and worse, day by day. That day has now come when people don’t want to be corrected and scolded and scolded, so they are looking for teachers who will give them what they want to hear but not what they need to hear. Unfortunately, they will stray further and further from the truth and faith that was once passed down and bring a different gospel, which really is no gospel at all. We all better be in the Word so we can more easily discern truth from error.
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Editor of What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage and energize Christians and answer questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.