And man has prepared a great fish and they powered it with atomic engines. In vain shall we endeavor to detach Christ from his cross; for it may be said to be natural that the world should hate Christ even in his members. On account of his opinions, he may be held up to ridicule, or treated with neglect, or excluded from society to which his attainments and manners would otherwise introduce him, or shunned by those who might otherwise value his friendship. Men will be implacable in their hatreds (aspondos, G786) . It is not simply now to follow these, as urged in the first epistle (1 Timothy 6:11); but he adds a most characteristic word in the second epistle. And how profitable is the word of God to us today! It is easy for a professed Christian to avoid persecution, if he yields every point in which religion is opposed to the world. If you can read and buy the first verse of the Bible, you should have no problem with the rest of the Bible. Study Guide for 2 Timothy 3 by David Guzik - Blue Letter Bible Lipscomb's Commentary on Selected NT Books, Verse 12. Given the right conditions, such oppositions would be just as deadly as the great Roman persecutions. 2 Timothy 3:12 in Other Translations - Bible Study Tools What Does 2 Timothy 3:12 Mean? - Verse of the day There is faith, complete belief that God's commands are binding and that his promises are true. The nature of its doctrine was no way likely to command success: (1) it condemns all other religions, some established for ages; (2) it enjoins precepts ungrateful to flesh and blood, the mortifying of the flesh, the love of enemies, and the bearing of the cross; (3) it enforces these seemingly unreasonable precepts by promises seemingly incredible; not good things such as afford complacency to our senses, but such as cannot be obtained till after this life, and presuppose what then seemed impossible, the resurrection; (4) it predicts to its followers what would seem sure to keep most of the world from embracing it, persecutions. Ephesus was the town of a prosperous, materialistic civilization; it was the kind of town where a man could so easily lose his soul. 2 Timothy Commentaries & Sermons | Precept Austin I believe that God intended you to have pleasure, but when it comes before God, it means that it has become your God and it makes a very poor God to worship or serve. The word is almost exactly the English swelled-headed. When we are tempted to do so, we should hear again the voice of our blessed Lord saying on the Cross: "Father, forgive them.". His mind was caught; he took it back. The more fully we know the doctrine of Christ and the apostles, the more closely we shall cleave to it; the reason why many sit loose to it is because they do not fully know it. Storge is the word used especially of family love, the love of child for parent and parent for child. If a man's goods are stolen, he can set to and build up his fortunes again; but if his good name is taken away, irreparable damage has been done. It is not a question here about elders, but what would abide all the same when elders could not be duly appointed. Look at the rapid deterioration of our society. 2 Timothy 3 Bible Commentary - Matthew Henry (concise) - Christianity That the man of God may be perfect,2 Timothy 3:17; 2 Timothy 3:17. It is an immense blessing that we have the truth not only in a book, but in a practical shape, the truth that comes out of the heart and from the lips of living men of God. Braggart has an interesting derivation. Persecution and hardships will come, but of two things Paul is sure. (1.) He would not have him to be spreading doubtful opinions; but what he had heard from the apostle himself he need not scruple to give out freely. fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, [and then] lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God ( 2 Timothy 3:3-4 ); The pleasuremania of the United States. There is a type of person who is eager to discuss every new theory, who is always to be found deeply involved in the latest fashionable religious movement, but who is quite unwilling to accept the day-to-day discipline--even drudgery--of living the Christian life. He was comparatively alone. You can you see what's happened even in the last twenty-five years. Practical Bible study on 2 Timothy 1. Wow, watch out now because Jesus bought it. E. F. Brown has pointed out the danger of what he calls "intellectual curiosity without moral earnestness." 1. The result would often be either that the woman broke off married relationships with her husband in order to live the ascetic life, or that she gave the lower instincts full play and abandoned herself to promiscuous relationships. Then are we Christ's disciples indeed, John 8:31. You've made a covenant and there are so many broken covenants. The term "godly" (eusebos) means "piously" (Thayer 262-2-2153). Now hatred is attended by cruelty, and hence arise persecutions. Now you'd think that the world would treat a person like that very cordially. "Knowing especially the firm foundation upon which thou hast built, namely, that of the scripture (2 Timothy 3:15; 2 Timothy 3:15): That from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures.". Each of the chapters are done individually. 2 Timothy Chapter 3 Kjv - King James Bible Online Thayer, Joseph H. Thayers Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament. Observe, Timothy must continue in the things which he had learned and had been assured of. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN. Why does the world hate Christians? It begets disregard of God, thinking that it does not need him and that it knows better than he. But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: a. The world just exists, no real goal, no real meaning; you're just existing. Rather he must "labour before he partake of the fruits." It means to follow a person physically, to stick by him through thick and thin. It's going to get worse before it gets better. There would be two ways in which these heretics in the days of Timothy could exert an evil influence. ", and [as such they are] profitable ( 2 Timothy 3:16 ). Now they're right out where little kids can go in and pick them up and leaf through them. Acts 13:50; Acts 14:5-6,Acts 14:19; Acts 16:1-2). Men will be lovers of their own selves ( 2 Timothy 3:2 ). Parakolouthein ( G3877) is indeed the word for the disciple, for it includes the unwavering loyalty of the true comrade, the full understanding of the true scholar and the complete obedience of the dedicated servant. Boy, I'll tell you, I don't know. You're a stranger. That is where you become thoroughly equipped to do the work that God has designed and ordained for you. This is the right thing to do. "Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel." Thus the apostle comes to the close of his ministry, and touches upon the line of St. John. We have sown the wind, now we're going to reap the whirlwind. And the comfort is that, if prepared to cleave to the will of the Lord alone, we shall have, through His grace, fellowship with the true-hearted. It should be considered as one of the proper qualifications for membership in the church, to be willing to bear persecution, and to resolve not to shrink from any duty in order to avoid it. It is true that these things happened before the young Timothy had definitely entered on the Christian way, but they all happened in the district of which he was a native; and he may well have been an eyewitness of them. It is undoubtedly true at all times, and will ever be, that they who are devoted Christians - who live as the Saviour did - and who carry out his principles always, will experience some form of persecution. But they do enshrine the permanent truth that some time there must come the consummation when evil meets God in head-on collision and there comes the final triumph of God. [3.] For God hath not given us the spirit of fear" (it was what Timothy was manifesting), "but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. It is the sign of a man of honour that he pays his debts; and for every man there is a debt to God and there are debts to his fellow-men, which he must remember and repay. 2 Timothy 3:12 Context. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us." The essence of persecution consists in subjecting a person to injury or disadvantage on account of his opinions. It is something more than meeting his opinions by argument, which is always right and proper; it is inflicting some injury on him; depriving him of some privilege, or right; subjecting him to some disadvantage, or placing him in less favorable circumstances, on account of his sentiments. Now here observe. Their minds become corrupted and they ultimately become reprobate concerning the faith. If, in any manner, or in any way, he is subjected to disadvantage on account of his religious opinions, and deprived of any immunities and rights to which he would be otherwise entitled, this is persecution. Every man doing his own thing or every man believing as he wants. As teachers we should sometimes ask ourselves: what am I trying to do with these people whom I teach? And a servant of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle toward all, apt to teach, forbearing, in meekness correcting those that oppose, if perhaps God may give them repentance for acknowledgment of the truth, and they may for his will wake up out of the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him." 2 Timothy 3:12, CSB: In fact, all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. Death and resurrection, then, are thus put before this servant of God; the more remarkably, because the point here is a practical and not a doctrinal question. He is sure that in the long run it is better to suffer with God and the right than to prosper with men and the wrong. So we find that God knows how to temper the bitter with the sweet, always doing the right thing in the right place and time. And the word of God comes and it brings a balance, it brings a correction, it brings a correct perspective.It's profitable. Traitors . The word of God is the foundation for doctrine. 2 Timothy 3:12 - Bible Hub repentance from dead works and of faith toward God. One day a visitor came to the ward and left a supply of gospels. In other words, you may go along for a while, but ultimately it's going to catch up with you. With his or her commitment to follow Christ faithfully the Christian sets the course of his or her life directly opposite to the course of the world system. The devil is the patron saint of all slanderers and of all slanderers he is chief. (iii) The Scriptures are valuable for reproof. "No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life" (he must be unencumbered, and undivided in his object); "that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. In other words, there is within the Old Testament so much concerning Jesus Christ that through the understanding and the study of the Old Testament you should logically be led to Jesus Christ. And come up a hundred days later and be deposited at a port. A whole collection of stories gathered round their names. And he embraced Christianity, but he was probably standing there in Lystra when the people in the city stoned Paul until they thought he was dead and dragged him out of the city. He had fought the good fight of faith. Accordingly, in much grief of heart, the apostle writes to his tried and trembling child in the faith, and seeks to strengthen him, above all things not to be discouraged, and to make up his mind to endure hard things. They were said to be the two servants who accompanied Balaam when he was disobedient to God ( Numbers 22:22); they were said to have been part of the great mixed multitude who accompanied the children of Israel out of Egypt ( Exodus 12:38); some said that they perished at the crossing of the Red Sea; other stories said that it was Jannes and Jambres who were behind the making of the golden calf and that they perished among those who were killed for that sin ( Exodus 32:28); still other stories said that in the end they became proselytes to Judaism. Men would be headlong in words and action. "To make thee wise to salvation through faith." 3:14-17 But as for you, remain loyal to the things which you have learned, and in which your belief has been confirmed, for you know from whom you learned them, and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that will bring you salvation through the faith which is in Christ Jesus. (3.) It is not merely what had been preached, but what is in a permanent shape for the good of the saints of God here below, which elicits the remarkable assertion of its peculiar worth. But the apostle remembered it all, felt deeply for if not with him, and greatly desiring to see him once more. The apostle mentions the Lord's delivering him out of them all, for Timothy's and our encouragement under sufferings. So if you want God to use your life, then thoroughly equip yourself in the Word of God, the study, the understanding.That's why we're here tonight. "Reprobate concerning the faith.". They will not only deceive others, but their sins and other deceivers will deceive them increasingly too. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord" (there must, I suppose, have been some ground for the exhortation), "nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel, according to the power of God; who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began." Do you have a hard time accepting that man can build a great fish that can swallow men and keep them under water for several days and deposit them later at a port?Hey, hey, wait a minute then. The word is huperephanos ( G5244) . Whether Timothy made it to Rome before Paul's execution is not known. Then he points out the two principal guards for the faithful, in such a perilous state. " Rejoice ( present imperative) and be glad ( present imperative ), for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Paul met him on his first missionary journey. If they had been more faithful, and more like their Master, would they have always escaped? III. In that large heart which weighed so justly and with single eye, there was a deepening feeling as to all that he saw around him; there was a realizing of the importance of things of which he had said not a word before. What is the excellency of the scripture. "Trucebreakers". 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. It would not be accordant with the mind of God. The whole concept of redemption is wrapped up in the Old Testament. 2 Timothy 3:12 (NASB) Verse Thoughts We live in a fallen world, and there are many challenges that face the believer who has not only trusted Christ for salvation, but is also ready and willing to deny self, take up his cross, follow Christ's example, and say without compromise - Thy will, not mine, be done. And there's such a complete, total absence of love. "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise." Timothy fully knew what was the great thing that Paul had in view, both in his preaching and in his conversation: "Thou hast known my purpose, what I drive at, how far it is from any worldly, carnal, secular design, and how sincerely I aim at the glory of God and the good of the souls of men." Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing; 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands: Many men and women, who would never dream of stealing, think nothing--even find pleasure--in passing on a story which ruins someone else's good name, without even trying to find out whether or not it is true. Includes questions, verse by verse commentary, and applications on 2 Timothy 1 for life transformation. But we, so often, make the mistake of going out ill-equipped or running without a message. They will refuse to recognize the debt they owe both to God and to men. 2 Timothy 3 - Clarke's Commentary - ". And if you align your life with God, you're going to find yourself out of alignment with the world and persecution will come. What use it will be of to us. It is able to make us wise to salvation; that is, it is a sure guide in our way to eternal life. VERSION, NIV Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. When Carlyle's father was discussing the kind of minister his parish needed, he said: "What this parish needs is a man who knows Christ other than at secondhand." We've just experienced a tremendous demonstration of that in the Los Angeles basin in the last couple of weeks. Easy it seems to get sort of distracted and off course. It answers not a little to the kind of thing ,;et forth here. He went home and found the fire was out. Thus we have everything cared for here; the state of confusion is clearly depicted, as it then was beginning, and as results have proved yet more. 3. ' according to godliness, 1 Timothy 6:3; Titus 1:1; and in all godliness, 1 Timothy 2:2. I'm afraid that that is also true of us. Second, there are the qualities of the apostle. The crumbling away of everything here was before the apostle; and accordingly it is one of the peculiar features of this second epistle, that he brings out that which never can decay which was before there was a world to dissolve namely, that life which was in Christ Jesus before the world began. How big is your God? "Lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.". Verse 2 Timothy 3:1. But God prepares the instruments through which He works and the most important preparation is through the Word of God. That is the inevitable way to ruin, for no man can master anything unless he first masters himself. 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. These things may be expected in the best times, and under the most favorable circumstances; and it is known that a large part of the history of the world, in its relation to the church, is nothing more than a history of persecution. There is love. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. Or are you going to develop a doctrine that is diametrically opposed to what Jesus said? (3) If we are persecuted, we should carefully inquire, before we avail ourselves of this consolation, whether we are persecuted because we live godly in Christ Jesus, or for some other reason. Otherwise this might have seemed to be (what unbelief taunts and stigmatizes it, spite of His sanction) pride of heart and presumption. Timothy, again, winced under trials, too sensitive to slights, disappointments, and the manifold griefs that came upon him. There is little likelihood that Timothy will be easily led astray by false teaching. There are persons who think that the approach of death is intended to blot out everything here. "My God shall supply all of your needs" ( Philippians 4:19 ). The world easily puts up with the mask of a religion which depends on itself, but the piety which derives its vigor directly from Christ is as odious to modern Christians as it was to the ancient Jews [Bengel]. It was the common lot of all who endeavored to serve their Redeemer faithfully; and Timothy himself, therefore, must not hope to escape from it. Whatever duty we have to do, whatever service is required from us, we may find enough in the scriptures to furnish us for it. He tells such women that by his spells and incantations he can enable them to prophesy. In other words, the word of God is that which thoroughly prepares me for any work that God might have for me to do. What Paul is thinking of here is more than faithlessness in friendship--although that in all truth is wounding enough--he is thinking of those who to pay back an old score would inform against the Christians to the Roman government. Far more harm is done from want of thought than almost anything else. We usually try to avoid it on Friday evening if we can, but sometimes our schedules are such that we just don't have time to. God wants us each to take His power, His love, and His calm thinking and overcome fear, to be used of Him with all the gifts He gives. If they contradict the teaching of the Bible, they are to be refused. A man may embrace some absurd opinion, and call it religion; he may adopt some mode of dress irresistibly ludicrous, from the mere love of singularity, and may call it conscience; or he may be boorish in his manners, and uncivil in his deportment, outraging all the laws of social life, and may call this deadness to the world; and for these, and similar things, he may be contemned, ridiculed, and despised. James encourages us by explaining that those who persevere under trial, on the journey to maturity, will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him, and He exhorts us to consider it all joy, when we encounter various trials.There is an urgency in this final letter thatPaul wrote before his death, to remind us that ALL who live godly lives in Christ will certainly suffer persecution. "Perilous times shall come." There is instinctively, I think, within persons that love of a parent for a child or an adult for the child because we realize the helplessness of a child, the dependency that they have. They must expect to be despised, and that their religion will stand in the way of their preferment; those who will live godly must expect it, especially those who will live godly in Christ Jesus, that is, according to the strict rules of the Christian religion, those who will wear the livery and bear the name of the crucified Redeemer. He lit the fire, and then he asked if he might read a little from each book before he dropped it in the flames. The ancient world set duty to parents very high. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:2, "But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every mans conscience in the sight of God." Whatever therefore may be right in certain cases, the assembly of God ought never to be forced to put every case on the same dead level ought never to be bound by any special process, as if it were unalterable. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines; for it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace,Hebrews 13:9. The Greek verb kratein ( G2902) means to control. In Greek writings these two words often went together; and they are both picturesque. This was to touch the right chord in his heart. The word here is makrothumia ( G3115) ; and makrothumia, as the Greeks used it, usually meant patience with people. In those days trade tended to flow down river valleys; Ephesus was at the mouth of the River Cayster, and commanded the trade of one of the richest hinterlands in all Asia Minor. A true insight would have made them recognise in Jesus the Messiah for whom they waited. Negative and positive illustrations 3:8-13. Observe, As good men, by the grace of God, grow better and better, so bad men, through the subtlety of Satan and the power of their own corruptions, grow worse and worse. Would you find it easier if it, if the account said, And a submarine surfaced and the captain got out on deck and, you know, they hauled Jonah in and they submerged again and headed towards Joppa and let him off the port. True, he is telling of something which happened later than this, but the wretched story would be the same (Irenaeus: Against Heresies, 1, 13, 3). Synonyms of the New Testament. First and foremost he has an aim in life. But yet it is absolutely unavoidable that all of them shall have the world for their enemy in some form or other, that their faith may be tried and their steadfastness proved; for Satan, who is the continual enemy of Christ, will never suffer any one to be at peace during his whole life; and there will always be wicked men that are thorns in our sides. 2 Timothy Greeting. Whose will is to live, or who are bent on living. Socrates skid that they were to be found in every walk of life but were worst of all in politics. Such is the meaning of purging himself. The cause of this is the present confusion, and accordingly the apostle brings a picture of it before Timothy's mind. So the same Greek is used of the same thing, Lu 14:28, 33, "intending (Greek, 'wishing') to build a tower counteth the cost.". He knew what care God had taken of him: Notwithstanding out of them all the Lord delivered me; as he never failed his cause, so his God never failed him. 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; How Daniels Prophecy of 70 Weeks Connects to the End Times. And this, I believe, is much to be considered. It is Paul's charge that such people are "willing to learn from anyone, and yet never able to come to a knowledge of the truth." This chapter has a vivid description of the great apostasy (2 Timothy 3:1-9), signs of which were already present, an appeal to Paul's own inspiring and inspired example (2 Timothy 3:10-15), and one of the most impressive paragraphs in all the Bible with reference to the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16,17).For more extensive discussion of the apostasy, the man of . What is a man well taught in the truth for, if not to communicate his knowledge to others that are faithful, but not equally instructed in the word of God?
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