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February 11-12, 2019

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Reading along with us in 2 Timothy? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Timothy 3 (ESV)

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.......Continue Reading

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  1. 16All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.❤️

  2. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (ESV)
    1  But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2  For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3  heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4  treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5  having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

    Just when are the ‘last days’? Doesn’t Paul’s description sound appropriate for today? It was appropriate for Paul’s day because he asks Timothy to avoid such people in verse 5. Also, it is appropriate for many other generations throughout history.

    As I read this description the news article about the man suing his parents for giving birth to him without consent comes to mind (see https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-47154287). We live in a ‘if it feels good, then it is good for you’ society.
    Paul’s instruction, avoid such people. I don’t think he is asking us to be cloistered away to isolate us from the world, but our daily fellowship should not be with such people.

    Paul’s remedy for the people to avoid, is to immerse ourselves in scripture and the teaching we have received.

  3. Although other generations have looked at these verses and were sure they applied to their circumstances, and although we may still be in the initial stages of society’s decline (yes it could and will get worse), the first 5 verses of chapter 3 here certainly have heir reference points in our world today. But why is it that humans always devolve to this? It’s because all these things are clear expressions of the sin nature and as humans reject their God and try to figure it out on their own, the sin nature loses more and more restraints. So what you have in the text and in our world is the sin nature on steroids. It only lives to itself and will destroy anything and anyone that stands in its way. Add to that the influence of the kingdom of darkness and you have what the text describes. And what always strikes me in the text is they have a form of godliness. They talk about spirituality and being right in their own eyes which is nothing like the power and conviction from the divine. But we are called to live In a different set of power and convictions and live in the way described by Paul in verse 10 and 11 and not be surprised that those who are living like verses 1-5 will persecute us because of it. Yes, if we live a godly life we will be persecuted. But we continue to live in what we are convinced of fueled and convicted by a Book written by God and that Book by its very nature will convict and instruct and warn and empower and train. And how desperately we need it because we not only need to be saved from hell, but saved from ourselves, saved from the nature that would foster the attitudes and behaviors found in verses 1-5.

  4. 12Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed,

  5. .16All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

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