2 Timothy 3:1 Like Never Before

2 Timothy 3:1 (KJV)
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

When I became a believer, back in the late seventies, passages like this one were the talk of the church. The songs, the Christian films, the sermon series, it seemed, were all surrounded around this subject. It seems like the urgency of the last days has waned over the years I have been a Christian. Churches have become more application oriented, help oriented, comfort and encouragement oriented, counsel oriented. For good or for bad, though we would all still agree that these are the last days, that hasn’t been the hot topic of preaching. 

Perhaps that’ll change. 

I am not sure what will be the eventual outcome of this virus and the subsequent shut down of everything, including churches. 

  • I’ve been reminded that Baptist churches historically never sought government permission to do what we do. We were almost always the target of governments because we preached separation of church and state. 
  • I’ve been reminded why, when I began as a Christian, we didn’t pass out directories of church members. 
  • I’ve been reminded that the course of this world is toward a one world, anti-God system. And

I have seen how quickly such a thing can come to pass. 

Whether these are the final hours of the last days, I cannot say. It is possible we will pull out of this tailspin into catastrophe to an amazing revival. I pray so. 

What I do think is worth noting, and bears no speculation, is that this chapter, that begins with a warning of perilous times, ends with an assurance that every Word of Scripture is God breathed and profitable.[1]

We need to read, study and meditate upon it today like never before!


[1] 2 Timothy 3-16-17 (KJV)
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

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2 Timothy 2:19 No Confusion Here

2 Timothy 2:19 (KJV)
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

Once in a while a person needs to step away from all the confusion and anxiety of daily life to simply focus on what is true and sure. The Apostle Paul gives us two of those sureties in this verse. 

The LORD Knows them that are His

  • Do you belong to the Lord? 
  • Have you called upon Him to save you? 
  • Does the Holy Spirit of God witness to your own spirit that you are the child of God? 
  • Do you hear His voice? 
  • Are you constrained to follow His voice? 

The Lord knows His own. You haven’t been out of His sight. You are not lost to God. You are not wandering your path alone. 

Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity 
There’s nothing to pray about here. A Christian walks away from sin, iniquity, and transgressions. He or she quits them in his or her own life. They avoid the influence of those that would lead them into sin. They remove themselves from the fellowship of those that do iniquity. 

Life is confusing sometimes. We do not have to be confused about these. 

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2 Timothy 4:5-6 A Matter of Character

2 Timothy 4:5-6 (KJV)
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

A transition was about to take place. The Apostle Paul was about to hand the baton of the faith to the next generation. 

He had carefully taught Timothy 
And it was not in the classroom but in the laboratory of the local church ministry. Timothy had done difficult things asked him of Paul in critical days. 

He had demonstrated faith by example 
Timothy witnessed time and again the Apostle’s courage, faithfulness and discipline.

He had provided him these written materials 
If Timothy strayed from the faith, it would be his own doing. Paul had performed his duty to God and to train Timothy. 

I note that the transition was not sudden. Even after saying “the time of my departure is at hand” Paul said, “Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me.” There is much too much impatience in the younger generation. To wait at the feet of the passing generation until GOD is through with them, to serve them, support them and lift them as Joshua did Moses, is a matter of great character. 

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2 Timothy 2:16 Words to Shun

2 Timothy 2:16 (KJV)
But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

It seems to me that many people get the study of verse 15 mixed up with the vain babblings of verse 16. Serious study of the Word of God carefully remains in the Bible. It rejects paths of thought that lead away from God’s Word and into those that are profane and vain. 

I note the word, “shun.”
Most of my understanding of that word finds its roots in the Amish practice. I have known a few, of other religious groups, who were shunned, even by their families, for not following exactly the preaching of their church. To shun someone carries the idea of distancing without possibility of reconciliation. This is exactly what we ought to do with conversations, concepts and ideas that are not biblically rooted. 

Profane
This word means heathenish or wicked. Philosophy and science falsely so called,  ideas that are worldly and reject the Bible would be included here.

Vain
This is useless and empty. Why debate, discuss and divide over ideas that have little or no value?

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2 Timothy 2:16 Words to Shun

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2 Timothy 1:7-8 Shake Loose of Shame

2 Timothy 1:7-8 (KJV)
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

There is an apparent correlation between fear and shame. Because God does not give us the spirit of fear, we do not have to be ashamed. 

The concept of shame comes up three times in the chapter. Because God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind 

  • Paul was not ashamed of what he suffered, 
  • Onesiphorus was not ashamed of what Paul suffered and 
  • Timothy had no reason to be ashamed of what he suffered 

Shame then is a consequence of fear and fear a consequence of an unstable mind. To get hold of the power, love and mind of God is to shake loose of fear and the shame it causes. 

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2 Timothy 2:7-13 How To Handle Hard Times

Times were hard. Paul was about to give his life for Christ. And his good news to Timothy was that he was going to have to do the same before this whole thing was over. He has a lot to say to Timothy
  • Instructions
  • Encouragements
  • Memories
There is one theme that recurs in each and every chapter. That theme is the Word of God. And it is no wonder. God’s Word IS the one piece of heaven we can hold in our hands today.
  • It is not a religious relic
  • It is not a spiritual “rabbit’s foot”
The Bible, together with the local church, is the only thing in this world that can get you through this world. What you and I do with the Bible will determine how successfully we make it through the “hard times” that very much appear to be approaching.  

2 Timothy 2:7-13 How To Handle Hard Times

 

2 Timothy 2:16 Is Socialism Historically Christian?

2 Timothy 2:16 (KJV)
But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

I saw an article just the other day that claimed Christianity is historically socialist. I get where a person might get that.

The Christians in Jerusalem in Acts 2 appear to have adopted that sort of economy.
They had all things common and sold their possessions and gave the money to the Apostles to distribute as needed.

However:

  • It was not everyone in the church who did that
  • It didn’t work out very well and
  • The church was in a young and primitive state

While we do want to pattern our churches after the first churches, we do not necessarily want to pattern our churches after this church in this area.

Historically, many of the Anabaptists appear to have practiced communal living
To this I would suggest that, while I trace Baptists through Anabaptist roots, that doesn’t mean I think everything they did was right. They were, after all, just people.

Besides, we don’t know that all of them did that. Information on the Anabaptists is pretty sketchy. Their opponents did a great job of destroying most records they produced of themselves. Then, most information we do have was generated by the Catholics, who had a vested interest in presenting them in the worst light possible.

Regardless of the historic evidence, the New Testament teaching in this verse and many others is much more capitalist.
A basic premise of capitalism would be that the laborer should receive the first fruits of his increase. It’s the bedrock of capitalism. The hard working man has no incentive to work hard unless he is rewarded for his hard work.

 

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2 Timothy 1:4 Comforting Tears

2 Timothy 1:4 (KJV)
Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;

The best likelihood is that Paul meant those tears of Timothy when they had parted last. The Bible does not tell us when that was but we might use, just as an example, the parting of Paul from the elders of Ephesus as described in Acts 20:17-38.

If Timothy were there, certainly it was an emotional moment. It was something Paul would not soon forget and would give him comfort and warm thoughts in that chilly, dark dungeon.

And do not we very often console ourselves, in difficult times, with memories of the affection of others for us? Sometimes the slightest act of kindness or the most imperceptible of expressions of friendship are enough to carry us through deep waters of affliction.

I am reminded then, to be generous with such acts of kindness.
We never know when it will be the thread that sustains a brother in his trouble.

 

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2 Timothy 4:14-15 Calling Alexander Out

2 Timothy 4:14-15 (KJV)
Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:
Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.

Once again we find Apostle Paul calling a man out by name. Apparently he wasn’t as concerned about lawsuits as people are these days! I see three thoughts of Paul concerning Alexander the coppersmith:

He had done Paul much evil
We know that he had spoken negatively and incited a riot. We know that Paul was forced to discontinue his very profitable ministry in that region because of him. What other evil he had done, we can’t tell.

Paul pronounced judgment against him
This is much like a phrase I use sometimes, “God will get you.” Those times I have said that have not been well received but I believe it to be truth.

Paul warned Timothy about him
Though God is keeping account and will do exactly as Paul claimed, for the present Alexander was still alive still evil and still a danger.

I have no doubt that God will reward evil treatment of his people. That doesn’t mean that we, His people will never be persecuted or that we will personally see the judgments of the evil ones.

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2 Timothy 3:2-4 Lovers Of…

2 Timothy 3:2-4 (KJV)
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

These verses are framed by the words, “lovers of …”

It begins with the accusation that, in the lasts days, “…men shall be lovers of their own selves….”
I wonder if anyone today sees this as the sin God does. Self-love, I believe, is the root that leads to every sin listed below it.

  • It is the window through which wicked pride shines out and manifests itself.
  • It is the curtain by which the light of the glorious gospel is shut out and men are left in darkness.

The passage ends with “…lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.”
This is the conclusion and the final outcome of the first. When self is loved then it is established as a god. Idolatry is never monotheistic so the one who loves and worships self loves and worships pleasure. When once the idol of self is set up other idols are collected with it. Soon the self-lover is so surrounded by false gods that the true and living God is barely a thought.

The most perilous times do not revolve around a vacuum of gods but around the increase of them.

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