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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Paul's SECOND letter to Timothy

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Frameworks: 2 Timothy 3

 

For preliminaries see chapter 1

   

[Chapter 3 Synopsis: Persecution and deception and ungodliness and unrighteousness will appear in the last days but hold on to the truth of God's word.]

 

v.1-9 Watch out for the last days
v.10-17 Encouragement to hold on to the truth in God's word

 

v.1-9 Watch out for the last days

 

[Passage Synopsis: In the last days watch out for unrighteous living and godless attitudes, for deceivers who distort the truth]

 

v.1 (whenever the ‘last days' come, they will be tough) But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.

v.2-5 (most of the world will be unrighteous and ungodly) People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

v.6,7 ( … full of deception) They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.

v.8 ( … even as Moses experience…) Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected.

v.9 ( … but their folly will be obvious) But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

 

v.10-17 Encouragement to hold on to the truth in God's word

 

[Passage Synopsis: Hold on to the truth, even though oppositions arise against your godliness, the truth that comes through God's inspired word]

 

v.10,11 (you've had my teaching and example to hold on to) You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.

v.12,13 (just accept that opposition comes with godliness) In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

v.14,15 (but hold on to the truths you've heard since your childhood) But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

v.16,17 (for the Bible is inspired and brought into being to teach us etc. to equip us) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

     

     

(CONTINUE to CHAPTER 4)