We will be taking a look at 2 Timothy chapter 3 in full detail but I wanted to take a look at verses 6 and 7.
“For among them are those who worm their way into households and capture idle women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions, always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
2 Timothy 3:6-7 HCSB
Is this verse picking on just women? No it isn’t. But yes it is. It is looking at people all of us by the way entangled in sin who are willing to give up the Ghost so to speak and jump on every new religious thought, fad, and lie that comes from a tv doctor or self-help book. Now why were women mentioned in particular? Men were dogs ready to manipulate the uneducated at the time women who were easy targets.
Matthew Henry’s commentary says:
Paul warns Timothy to take heed of certain seducers, not only that he might not be drawn away by them himself, but that he might arm those who were under his charge against their seduction.
So this is where you get mad. See everyone likes to as Fleetwood Mac sang, “Go our own way.” Paul is instructing his charge Timothy on how to look after his churchgoers. Now reckon for moment ok, how many folks will be mad if the preacher or gasp-another church member gets up in their business and questions what they are doing?
Everyone wants to feel like they have it figured out. But my God....My Jesus...My understanding of scripture...
No one wants to be called out especially if they are wrong.
But this is exactly what we are told to do. Once we time travel back to the beginning of the chapter we will see it. But for now let’s go onto the next verses.
“Just as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the truth, men who are corrupt in mind, worthless in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress, for their lack of understanding will be clear to all, as theirs was also.”
2 Timothy 3:8-9 HCSB
J and J were Egyptians who went up against Moses in front of Pharaoh. This can be looked at in Exodus 7 and 8 I think.
Verse 9 is so reassuring.
But they will not make further progress, for their lack of understanding will be clear to all, as theirs was also.”
Paul tells Timothy in a nutshell that these fakes will be found out and God will as always be victorious.
There is this great song called God’s Gonna Cut You Down. Granted the lyrics aren’t scripture but the message I contend is in that God does not allow sin to go unpunished.
Next time we will look at verses 1-5 before finishing out verses 10-17.
Before looking at the first five verses of 2 Timothy chapter 3 I would like to start out with this:
MARK 8:35. Jesus said, “Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it.” The Master expects that just as He sacrificed Himself for those who would believe, so those who do believe must love Him and the Gospel supremely. This is the import of His challenge, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple” [LUKE 14:26].
Please keep these in mind as we look at the first five verses.
“But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people!”
2 Timothy 3:1-5 HCSB
Since the beginning we’ve been talking about the last days. Here’s what I know. No one knows when the last days are. That’s as simple as I can say it because scripture makes it clear that only God the Father knows. However most commentators and preachers agree that “the last days” began after the Resurrection and will continue until the Second Coming. Scripture also makes it clear that God is infinite, we are finite, and His time is not the same as our understanding of Daylight Saving’s Time.
That being said, the human condition, and I am not basing this on Skinner or Sigmund or any other educated head doctor but on scripture, has not changed.
Since the Fall of Man, there’s been sin, there is sin, and until Christ returns, there will be sin.
Every descriptive word used describing people then is the same today. The thing you need to understand is that the list of descriptive words do not just apply to those who are not saved but to those who are saved if we have unconfessed sin and evil in our souls.
Yes, we are new creations in Christ and Jesus saves once and forgives always those who sincerely are His and cry out for forgiveness.
Verse 5 may sting. So look at it one more time.
“holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people!”
2 Timothy 3:5 HCSB
Folks want to live and do their own thing. If we can pick a verse or three from the Bible and put them somewhere in our lives, maybe go to a fifth Sunday night service, and try to do good because of the few verses we picked make us feel good then yes we can say we are Christian. Right?
If I do this or you do this we are as John wrote liars and the truth is not in us. We are pretending, role playing, wearing a mask that may fool everyone but not God. So if we are cranking up the Christian music while wearing our WWJD bracelets, spouting off our favorite memorized verse so people hear us, but in our hearts we really don’t place Christ above all, what are we doing? We are mocking God folks.
Paul wrote to the church in the piece called Ephesians:
“Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk — not as unwise people but as wise — making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
Ephesians 5:15-17 HCSB
In closing what is the Lord’s will? The final part of chapter 3 will jump into this.