2 Timothy 3 is about standing firm in the last days. For those who don’t know what the last days are, it’s basically the start of the apocalypse. (give or take)
Give or take.
The last days begin when men and women become full of themselves. They are prideful and only care for themselves. They reject proper social norms and force others to do evil.
It’s a time when good is viewed as bad, and vice versa. However, for the believer, the truth never changes. It just becomes harder to live. I grew up as a teenager in the 90s and saw this mentality develop. Maybe it’s the mindset of the youth, but it didn’t feel right.
But that was just a seed compared to what is going on now.
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.
5 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 work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of[a] vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires.
7 (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.) 8 These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith. 9 But they won’t get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are, just as with Jannes and Jambres.
2 Timothy 3:1-9
2 Timothy 3 Teaches About The Last Days, Perhaps We’re In Them Now?
I believe we are hurtling to an end-game situation. Whether it all ends tomorrow or 1000 years from now, I can’t say. However, this world can’t go on like this.
All over the world, we have governments going after their people, and the people hate their neighbors. Verse 4 is lived out in any city of the world today.
God didn’t hold his wrath back from Sodom and Gomorrah, he won’t hold it back from the rest of us. The only reason he’s held back is that he’s merciful. And he wants to see who will repent.
He holds back his wrath because he loves you, but sooner or later his patience will wear thin.
In America today Christians have this weird belief that we are God’s chosen people, and I’ll tell you right now that is wrong. The people of Jewish descent have been and always will be his people…
And that didn’t save the Pharisees.
The only thing that will save us, is true repentance, and I wrote about that last week. Jesus is the way to truth and life, and he’s the only way.
If you walk away from him and choose to follow these ungodly ways. You’re going to hell.
2 Timothy 3:5 Are We Being Led Astray?
The reason this verse in 2 Timothy 3 scares me, is because people will look like they know what they’re talking about.
We have lots of preachers on TV, Youtube, and almost every other platform.
How do we know if they’re leading us astray or not?
If you’re asking this question, you better have a Bible, your answer is that book right there. If you’re digging deep into reading your bible.
Nobody is going to be able to lead you astray. In fact, if somebody preaches something against the teachings of the Bible, you can call them a heretic, because god won’t go against his word.
I love that God gave us these warnings in 2 Timothy 3.
2 Timothy 3: Paul’s Charge to Timothy
10 But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance. 11 You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord rescued me from all of it.
12 Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived.
14 But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. 15 You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
2 Timothy 3:10-17
2 Timothy 3 We Need To Remember What We’ve Been Taught About Jesus
I don’t know what is going to happen in the future, in fact, I feel like this post is getting really dark. However, I do know what I feel. There’s a darkness creeping over our country and even the people who don’t serve Jesus can feel it.
People think it’s the Democrats Vs the Republicans, or the Russians Vs the western world.
However, it’s neither. The darkness is a war against your soul. It’s a war of deception trying to steal it away from God. Jesus loves you, that’s why he died for you.
What terrifies me is the verse above that talks about looking religious but not being Godly at all. That verse terrifies me. I’ve seen many friends who’ve been that way, and I’m scared sometimes that I’m falling into that trap.
it also worries me that I’ll lose friends when I get to heaven. Are some of them going to lose the prize? What if a family member does?
It’s all a choice, but I need to be an example of the right choice. I pray everyone around me knows Jesus, I don’t wanna go through the pain knowing they didn’t make it.
And all I can do is live right, and show them the way to Him. That is the point of 2 Timothy 3. We all have a choice to make, and all of us are currently making it.
This is what Paul was saying in 2 Timothy 3, even in times of hardship he needed to stand fast, and be ready. The teaching he received would see him through, and God would give him the strength to survive.
Thank You For Reading My Latest Post on 2 Timothy 3.
Sterling grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis. As a kid he loved skateboarding but mostly did street riding. He injured his ankle badly when he dropped into his first half pipe. His skateboarding slowed down after that, but he still loved the sport.
While in his 20's he needed to make a change, so he did some world traveling with a motivational speaking group. Through it all, he visited 46 states and 3 continents and eventually lived in Mississippi. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina tore through the state. He jumped into the fray, helping mobilize support for the evacuees of New Orleans & The Gulf Coast. During the aftermath he helped run a shelter and drove food & medical supplies to affected areas by truck. Currently he lives in Minneapolis, runs his snowboard shop, and shreds Vail Whenever he can.