I’ve heard this chapter quoted from many times today, at a time when…well, I knew He wanted me to pay attention.
I thought I’d share….
2 Timothy 3
1But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.
2For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
3unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,
4treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
5holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.
I’m afraid that’s me >.< but I don’t want it to be, and I’m working on it. I could use some prayer. (That’s not the only thing this post is about….though….but as a sidenote…fee free to send up some prayer : )
In the last days, there will be many people displaying these traits. I can’t think of a time when they apply more. It’s especially interesting, imo, that this scripture seems to be talking about people who do love God, but love pleasure more.
6For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses,
7always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith.
It’s interesting….from what I understand (what I recently learned), we don’t know who Jannes and Jambres are Biblically, but historically, it seems likely that these are the magicians who stood at Pharo’s side and….when moses presented God’s miracle by turning a staff into a snake, they “opposed” him with counterfeit miracles, turning their staffs into snakes. Something interesting to think about, imo.
9But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also.
This whole scripture, so far, seems to be talking about people who are trying to act Godly, trying to impress people, but are actually counterfeits themselves. People who have the traits listed above, but are still trying to represent Christianity at the same time….people who are still of the world, but claiming not to be of it….etc…
10Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance,
11persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me! 12Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
of course, not all who are persecuted for from Jesus, either, we can bring persecution on ourselves, but this is something to keep in mind. When we step out for God, and start living for Him, we will run into resistance, and this is often when we make the most difference. but…if we recede and become of the world, the devil might leave us alone. my thoughts…
13But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
14You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them,
15and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
imo, Paul is saying this to those whom he is confident have had the truth : )
16All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
17so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
Moving on to chapter 4….because it’s good : )
2 Timothy 4
1I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:
2preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.
3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
A couple of things I get from all this. Firstly, we really need to look at where our priorities are (myself included, probably more than many). We need to remember that we aren’t of this world, that we shouldn’t become lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, and that we need to remember to focus on the ministry that God gives us.
Another thing I get….this scripture really makes me feel that we are living in the last days. I know that these traits have existed in all times, but I can’t think of any time in history when they apply more than now.
I just heard a startling yet very believable statistic. By the time an average kid turns five, he has spent more time watching tv then he will spend talking to his father in his entire life. That’s the type of society we’re living in…..truly, lovers of pleasure, lovers of escapism, lovers of….the world :P