Timothy Chapter 3
Memory verses for this week:
121:7 The LORD shall
preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
In chapter 2, Paul
urged Timothy to pass the word of God on to those who could teach
others. He wanted
them to all become good soldiers for Jesus Christ.
Paul had suffered much for preaching the gospel, and he
encourages Timothy to stay in the battle, and to constantly study
the Word of God. In
chapter 3, we study about the last days of the church.
There are 21 outstanding features in this prophecy of church
conditions in the last days.
of the Last Days
2 Tim 3:1 This know also,
that in the last days perilous times shall come.
The last days mentioned in this verse are being fulfilled in
this hour. J. Vernon
McGee said this about the last days.
days” is a technical term used in several places in the New
Testament; it speaks of the last days of the church, immediately
preceding the rapture of the church. The last days of the church are
not the same as the last days of the nation Israel, which is
mentioned repeatedly in the Old Testament. In the Old Testament the
last days are called the “end of the age” or “the time of the
end,” which is the Great Tribulation period. That is quite
different from the last days of the church, which precede the
rapture of the church.
The apostasy that began in the church in Paul’s day will continue.
Paul warned the church at Ephesus that false leaders would enter the
church after his decease. He told them in Acts 20:29–30: “For I
know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in
among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men
arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after
them.” They won’t give out the Word of God but will fleece the
congregations. Believe me, false teachers shear the sheep pretty
times shall come,” which means grievous or desperate times are
coming. That doesn’t look like the conversion of the world, does
it? It doesn’t appear that the church is going to bring in the
Millennium or is going to convert the world. The Bible doesn’t
teach that it will. That is the pipe dream of a great many idealists
and a great many folk who have lived with their heads ostrich-like
in the sand and have never faced reality.
2 Tim 3:2
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous,
boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful,
2 Tim 3:3
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers,
incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
We will now look at the 21 things. This means that men shall be self-occupied, as contrasted
with the Godly of all ages who found their joy and delight in
looking away from self to God.
Today we find people who are covetous, proud, and boasters of
great things. Many
churches today boast of their wealth and programs.
But God is not pleased.
3:17 Because thou
sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of
nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and
poor, and blind, and naked:
Blasphemers are ones who deny the Deity of the Son of God and
the Virgin birth. They
deny the blood atonement of Jesus Christ.
Those who are disobedient to parents break the commandment
that was the first commandment given with promise.
6:1-2 Children, obey
your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and
mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
is the denial of divine providence… the utter forgetting of the
Source of all blessings, both temporal and spiritual.
“Unholy”: This speaks of a person who totally in the
world and sneers at the bible.
One who rejects anything to do with the Holy things of God.
“Without Natural Affection”: Not loving according to the ways that God designed man and
woman. The foundations
of family life are being destroyed.
“Trucebreakers”: Those who break promises and vows.
People who will lie
who have no self control.
who are savage in their actions.
“Despisers of those that are good”:
We live in a society that calls good evil and evil good.
5:11 Blessed are ye,
when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all
manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
5:12 Rejoice, and be
exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so
persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
5:20 Woe unto them
that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light,
and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for
5:21 Woe unto them
that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
2 Tim 3:4
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than
lovers of God;
2 Tim 3:5
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:
from such turn away.
2 Tim 3:6
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead
captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
that betray those who trust them.
“Highminded”: Those who are puffed up, doing things our
way versus following God’s Word.
“Lovers of Pleasures rather than lovers of God”:
All around us we see men and women seeking pleasure rather
than committing their lives to God. And sin has a very short span
of satisfaction. Moses
chose to stand with the people of God rather than to enjoy the
pleasures of sin “for a season.”
11:24 By faith Moses,
when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's
11:25 Choosing rather
to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the
pleasures of sin for a season;
11:26 Esteeming the
reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for
he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.
“Having a form of Godliness but denying the power
thereof”: These are
those who have false professions and no real salvation.
The Spirit is not recognized and God is ruled out.
Verse 6 might
also go beyond sexual permissiveness and refer to feminism.
women, laden with sins and led away with divers lusts":
sexual pleasure without regard to God and his plans
for the man and
the woman. God setup
the man as the head of the family, and we can not improve upon His
plans. Some women
seek to gain authority and desire to usurp authority
Tim 3:7 Ever learning,
and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2 Tim 3:8
Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also
resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the
“Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of
the truth”: These
are truth seekers, but they want the truth to be according to their
way of thinking.
14:6 Jesus saith unto
him, I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
These in the last days can be compared
to Jannes and Jambres in the days of Moses.
They were magicians in Egypt who withstood Moses.
These will resist the truth.
2 Tim 3:9
But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be
manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
We can rest assured that they will not get very far… They
are standing against God so they are on the losing side.
Authority of the Holy Scriptures
2 Tim 3:10
But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life,
purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
2 Tim 3:11
Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at
Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all
the Lord delivered me.
In contrast to the false teachings and evil practices of the
last days, we now have the example of Paul himself. He stresses the importance of cleaving to the Holy
Scriptures as our security against error.
In verse 10, he tells Timothy that he has known my doctrine
and manner of life. Perhaps
Paul’s greatest gift was that of teaching.
He unfolded the truth which God had revealed to him for a
blessing to others. Paul’s life lined up with his doctrine. Timothy knew Paul’s purpose, faith, and longsuffering.
He endured all
things for Christ’s name and the gospel.
2 Tim 3:12
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall
Paul had endured many persecutions and afflictions.
If we are not enduring any persecution, we are probably not
living up to God’s standards.
2 Tim 3:13
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
deceiving, and being deceived.
In the end times, it says evil men will wax worse and worse.
2 Tim 3:14
But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and
hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
2 Tim 3:15
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures,
which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which
is in Christ Jesus.
We are to continue in the things that we have learned from
the Word of God. Timothy
was blessed to know the holy scriptures from a child.
2 Tim 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness:
2 Tim 3:17
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto
all good works.
The scriptures are profitable for four things mentioned here:
Doctrine – The only authoritative book on divine teaching is
Reproof -- It is
profitable to show where we are wrong in our lives and in our
Correction – It shows how to get our lives lined out with God.
Instruction in righteousness – After I have taken the right
path, it shows me what God’s will is for me.
We need to gain this knowledge that we might be perfect.
We should seek to understand the word of God as the Spirit
leads us and opens the Scriptures to us that we may walk in
obedience to it.
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