2 Timothy 3-4 WorksheetThe Dangers of the Last Days (Ch 3) You should know this, Timothy that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! 6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone. A Final Charge to Timothy 10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 4 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. Verse Paraphrase: 1. Paul is telling Timothy that in the last day’s trials would come and it would be harder to maintain faith in Christ. . The reason to this is because of people loving themselves and therefore loving money. And since they’d only know themselves, they would be proud, boastful, scoffs at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They would not consider anything to be holy or sacred. 3. they will love what is evil and hate the good which would lead them to be unloving, unforgiving slanderous and having no self control. 4. For their sake of pleasure and self-love, they would betray their friends, be ruthless (reckless), very arrogant and prideful. . Paul says to stay away from these people who stick to the law and follow the law but which are far from the true meaning of righteousness. They’d deny the power of God since they’d be only relying on themselves. Who are verses 6-8 speaking about? Verse 6~8 speaks about evildoers and impostors who will eagerly seek for place to dwell in, especially woman who are gullible and full of their own sins. Just like Jannes and Jambres who opposed Moses, they will be notable in the eyes of God, and their ways would not go far.
They’d appear as if they are “righteous” and knows the truth about God, but the core difference would be their action to the faith which would be absent to them. What example and charge does Paul give Timothy (10-17) He gave his own example of the trails and persecutions that he had faced, but not only that, he explains to Timothy of how God had been there through the trials to be overcome. He puts strong emphasis on the importance of the Holy scriptures and what the word of God is capable of doing to our spirits.
What is the Mantle of Leadership Paul is talking about (4:1-5 NLTSB pg 2067)? In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. Paul knew how the Holy Scripture could decide eternity in heaven or hell for those who follow or not follow God’s commands. He says to encourage or to rebuke while preaching the good gospel, and to be prepared to be persecuted for following Christ. The worldly people will only listen to what they want to listen and become blind to sound doctrine (which refers to the bible. )
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