2 Timothy, Chapter 3
© Copyright 2001 Darroll Evans-all rights reserved
2 Timothy 3: 1-5
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
When considering the Greek text, what follows is extremely negative.
As we look around, we must realize that in these last days "perilous times" shall come.
The days referred to shall be dangerous and even savage.
The Greek word translated "shall come" appears in the future indicative form.
It states a fact.
The fact is that these terrible times shall come.
The fact is that we shall have victory over that evil because we are in Christ Jesus.
Today, terrorism is no longer limited to places that are far away.
It is now a local issue no matter where you live.
Liberal extremist political and social
Some ultra-liberal politicians want to keep many under a form of social slavery, by keeping them in a stereo-typed cradle to grace social welfare structure.
Those leaders hate
European society is spiritually and morally bankrupt!
For a few pennies, you can buy a French or Russian politician.
Many American liberals/Democrats want to scrap the Constitution and replace it with one that allows socialist rule.
We live in a very scary world! It was predicted 2000 years ago.
In several places, the Bible speaks clearly of tempestuous days.
It now seems that we are in them.
Verse two tells us that men shall be lovers of their own selves (being very selfish), covetous (being fond of money), boasters (con men), proud (being, arrogant and snobbish), blasphemers (being sarcastic, and slanderous toward God), disobedient to parents (being defiant toward their parents), unthankful (ungrateful), and unholy (being corrupt, depraved, and immoral).
We need not look to far to find many that fit the description.
Being an accused rapist, known liar and sexual predator are political assets.
Many have worshipped at the feet on these questionable social values.
Immorality seems to be working on the upward slope of an exponential curve.
Paul goes on the say that many will be without natural affection [for their families], trucebreakers (unwilling to fulfill agreements), false accusers (given to slander), incontinent (without self-control), fierce (savage), and despisers of those that are good (hostile toward that which is moral).
This lack of values has been in operation to some extent during all human history, but they are now epidemic.
We have just been through a political period
Men drowning in each of these ungodly flaws are trotted before us each night on the evening news of major networks as knowledgeable news reporters.
Those at the top of large corporations now administer amoral wholesale sex as their marketing tool.
Paul says that in the last days many shall be traitors (betrayers), heady, (reckless) high-minded (conceited), and lovers of pleasures (lovers of sexual delights) more than lovers of God (reverent toward God).
In the last days many will have a form of godliness, but they shall reject the power of God.
Many today deny God's power to fulfill his promised salvation.
Some pretend to respect fellow Christians in public, but privately they rave against those that delight in God's power to keep them safe.
These may have "Rev." in front of their names but they are not reverent toward God.
Rev. Barry Lynn come to mind.
He and his cohorts in spiritual crime are pretenders!
The Bible tells us to avoid them.
In all this negativity we must remember that God's plan is being worked out. Our God will let the world go its own way until His appointed time.
2 Timothy 3: 6-7
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Some of those mentioned are creeping in, establishing one-sided fellowships.
They put on what appears to be God's righteousness.
Indeed theirs is a false righteousness.
They weasel their way into certain households, and capturing the minds of those that are spiritually dishonest and burdened down with desires to be approved of God without being obedient to God.
Those captives are led away due to their various desires for those things that are forbidden.
One of their trademarks is that they are always studying supposed things of the Spirit, and they are never able to properly discern the things of God.
“Creep into houses” (v 6) carries an uncanny likeness to another situation spoken of in the Bible.
Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Those that bring about this devastation within the Church were ordained to do the damage that they do.
That is a hard lesson to learn.
Jesus told us that this would happen.
Mark 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
They come into the Church saying, "Of course, Jesus is the Christ."
However, they do not tell us that Jesus is not Lord of their lives.
Do not be surprised at their coming.
2 Corinthians 11:14-15
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Many of these antichrists are standing in the
They spout out their version of the "bad" news as if it were God's message.
Their words lead to destruction.
So, what should Christians do? Rest in Christ!
Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, "if" it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
They are among us today as they were in days of old.
I John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
Do not be anxious!
Trust in Christ!
2 Timothy 3: 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
Jannes and Jambres were apparently two of Pharaoh's magicians that resisted Moses with false signs and wonders in the days of the Exodus (Exodus 7:11).
The names may come from the rabbinical traditions.
Jannes and Jambres were and are among many that due to spiritual depravity have opposed and are opposing the truth of God.
2 Timothy 3: 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
Paul told Timothy that those depraved souls "shall proceed no further."
What does that mean?
The Greek is a word picture of a blacksmith hammering a piece of metal to its limit, or a night that is coming to an end.
In other words, they have reached the end of their spiritual enlightenment.
We might say that they have gone as far as they can go.
The insincere ones are limited because their lack of desire for true understanding.
"Theirs" refers back to verse 8 and the two men mentioned there, Jannes and Jambres.
They had attempted to deceive an din turn were deceived.
2 Timothy 3:10-11
10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.
Paul pats Timothy on the back saying that is opposition to those that sail spiritually,
"You have fully understood and followed my doctrine, my way of living, purpose [personal offering to God], faith, patience, love, ability to stay the course in that face of extreme opposition."
He reminded Timothy of the persecutions, and
hardships that happened at
Paul proclaimed that while he did indeed endure those awful times, and in each case the Lord rescued him.
2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Then, Paul reminds Timothy--and us--that all who are determined to live godly lives in Christ Jesus "shall" be persecuted.
2 Timothy 3: 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
However, evil men and imposters "shall" become more and more corrupt growing in their ability to lead others astray--and in turn being led further astray from the way of righteousness.
Most comedy writers show a complete lack of respect and love for their parents and other family members. They are content to rely on sex and obscenities to make up for the deficient writing ability.
And, there they are---the American public---ready willing and able to accept and reward perversions of all kinds.
It is as if we enjoy being spiritually and mentally seduced.
2 Timothy 3:14-15
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
In the midst of all that is evil, we must continue to do those good and righteous things we have "learned" and those godly things that were established in our hearts and minds---knowing that they were taught to us by God through the Holy Spirit.
From his childhood Timothy had known and understood the Scriptures, to some degree.
The Scriptures contain information that when activated in one's life is able to add wisdom to one's life skills.
In turn, that wisdom may lead to salvation through the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
The scriptures, when applied, have an intrinsic power to change lives for the better.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Here is a simple statement of fact: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."
That cannot be said of all writings, but in the case of the Bible---there is a nugget of wisdom to be found in each verse.