2 Timothy Chapter 3
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Matthew Henry's 2 Timothy Chapter 3 Bible commentary...
The apostle foretells the rise of dangerous enemies to the gospel. (1-9) Proposes his own example to Timothy. (10-13) And exhorts him to continue in the doctrine he had learned from the Holy Scriptures. (14-17)1-9 Even in gospel times there would be perilous times; on account of persecution from without, still more on account of corruptions within. Men love to gratify their own lusts, more than to please God and do their duty. When every man is eager for what he can get, and anxious to keep what he has, this makes men dangerous to one another. When men do not fear God, they will not regard man. When children are disobedient to their parents, that makes the times perilous. Men are unholy and without the fear of God, because unthankful for the mercies of God. We abuse God's gifts, if we make them the food and fuel of our lusts. Times are perilous also, when parents are without natural affection to children. And when men have no rule over their own spirits, but despise that which is good and to be honoured. God is to be loved above all; but a carnal mind, full of enmity against him, prefers any thing before him, especially carnal pleasure. A form of godliness is very different from the power; from such as are found to be hypocrites, real Christians must withdraw. Such persons have been found within the outward church, in every place, and at all times. There ever have been artful men, who, by pretences and flatteries, creep into the favour and confidence of those who are too easy of belief, ignorant, and fanciful. All must be ever learning to know the Lord; but these follow every new notion, yet never seek the truth as it is in Jesus. Like the Egyptian magicians, these were men of corrupt minds, prejudiced against the truth, and found to be quite without faith. Yet though the spirit of error may be let loose for a time, Satan can deceive the nations and the churches no further, and no longer, than God will permit.
10-13 The more fully we know the doctrine of Christ, as taught by the apostles, the more closely we shall cleave to it. When we know the afflictions of believers only in part, they tempt us to decline the cause for which they suffer. A form of godliness, a profession of Christian faith without a godly life, often is allowed to pass, while open profession of the truth as it is in Jesus, and resolute attention to the duties of godliness, stir up the scorn and enmity of the world. As good men, by the grace of God, grow better, so bad men, through the craft of Satan, and the power of their own corruptions, grow worse. The way of sin is down-hill; such go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. Those who deceive others, deceive themselves, as they will find at last, to their cost. The history of the outward church, awfully shows that the apostle spake this as he was moved by the Holy Ghost.
14-17 Those who would learn the things of God, and be assured of them, must know the Holy Scriptures, for they are the Divine revelation. The age of children is the age to learn; and those who would get true learning, must get it out of the Scriptures. They must not lie by us neglected, seldom or never looked into. The Bible is a sure guide to eternal life. The prophets and apostles did not speak from themselves, but delivered what they received of God, #2Pe 1:21|. It is profitable for all purposes of the Christian life. It is of use to all, for all need to be taught, corrected, and reproved. There is something in the Scriptures suitable for every case. Oh that we may love our Bibles more, and keep closer to them! then shall we find benefit, and at last gain the happiness therein promised by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the main subject of both Testaments. We best oppose error by promoting a solid knowledge of the word of truth; and the greatest kindness we can do to children, is to make them early to know the Bible.
SIS Martin's 2 Timothy Chapter 3 comment on 5/06/2013, 10:59am...
The word of GOD is true we're living in last days.Persecution on the jobs and every where he's coming sooner than people think. Paul left a good example.
Neil's 2 Timothy Chapter 3 comment on 3/09/2013, 8:41pm...
Paul warned us about things to come before they happen, and they are happening now. These are “the perilous times in the last days” that we humans are seeing before our eyes; human characters as clearly stated in 2 Timothy 3:2-5. Praise be to God in Jesus Christ that I'm being reminded continually to be vigilant not to be within this category. May God bless those who labor to reach the unreachable.
Ifeanyi's 2 Timothy Chapter 3 comment on 2/27/2013, 3:43am...
2 Timothy 3 really depicts the time we are in. The days of evil, when lesbianism and homosexuality is a norm in the society, imagine people raising their heads high that they are lesbians or homosexuals, that’s terrible. The love of money is very high, the language people are hearing this days is “money” and they can do anything for it. May God help us to escape these evil days.
Omenazu Jackson's 2 Timothy Chapter 3 comment on 1/16/2013, 4:53pm...
Paul’s warning to Timothy is a warning to us today, because men have rebelled against God to the extent that we are now agitating for. Same sex marriage and some churches are giving approval to it. Perilous times are here with us, the level of wickedness is high, brutality is now a way of living, persecution of the innocent is now a norm, no wonder more innocent ones are in prison all over the world. Deception is now a virtue not a vice. Our love for money is more than the love for God. Murder is no longer a crime but defensive application, children are now questioning their parents’ authority over them .This is time for total vigilance by all lovers of Christ Jesus, holding on to faith, constantly seeking to hear the divine voice of the holy spirit.
Timothy Wayne George's 2 Timothy Chapter 3 comment on 12/14/2012, 7:01pm...
Paul is instructing his spiritual son in the ministry, Timothy, that he will endure strong persecutions, and that in the last days, perilous times will come. What we are seeing are the birth pains that Jesus talked about in the Matthew 24; when the Apostles asked what will be the sign of the Kingdom. All of the synoptic gospels contain this discussion. So Paul wants Timothy to know that all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness, so the man of God can be perfect, thoroughly ready for every good work. So we can be sure that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and it can be trusted to get us through difficult days. So pray and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you as you read it so that you may comfort others.
David's 2 Timothy Chapter 3 comment on 11/25/2012, 6:05pm...
Paul is talking about future born again believers, looks familiar.
Henry osita's 2 Timothy Chapter 3 comment on 10/16/2012, 9:33am...
It should be understood by all and sundry that this was Paul's admonition to Timothy, he was trying to prepare the understanding of Timothy towards the event that must surely come to pass. And he tends to describe it as a perilous time which means a dangerous time. Here he talked about lovers of themselves than lovers of God. This simply means in such time the love of many will be selfish and their obedience to God will be narrow and shallow because one cannot obey whom he does not love. He went as far as making the immoral and promiscuous engagement and commitment of many shall abound. Then after that phase, he then talked about those who will really want to serve God as that they will suffer persecutions and tribulation.
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