2 Timothy 3. Forum Discussion

If you want to know some of the types of people that God has issue with, you don’t have to go much further than the beginning of the 3rd chapter of 2 Timothy:

  • Lovers of self
  • Lovers of money
  • Boastful
  • Arrogant
  • Revilers
  • Disobedient to parents
  • Ungrateful
  • Unholy
  • Unloving
  • Irreconcilable
  • Malicious gossips
  • Without self-control
  • Brutal
  • Haters of good
  • Treacherous
  • Reckless
  • Conceited
  • Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
  • Holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power

Good advice from Paul to Timothy in the next verse: “Avoid such men as these.”

It’s also interesting how we can see in several of the scriptures people “Naming names” of people that they know have sinned. Paul names both Jannes and Jambres in verse 9, “But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also.”

From verse 10 we know that Timothy followed Paul’s teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, perseverance, persecutions, and sufferings.

A sobering scripture is found in verse 12 of this chapter: “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” I think that sometimes people that haven’t read through the bible might be surprised to see how direct and to the point the Message can be. Here it tells us that “ALL who desire to live godly in Christ will be persecuted.” Notice how it doesn’t say “some”, it says, “all” will be persecuted. Satan is strong and as Peter writes in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Perhaps the most significant verses in this chapter are 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “ALL Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” - Amen

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2 Timothy 3:16-17 is so important to our faith. If we don't believe that the Bible is inspired from God, then it is just another book. If we do believe that it is inspired from God, it becomes a previous and sacred map for us to live our lives by - having heard directly from our Creator.

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