2 Timothy

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2 Timothy
Chapter 3

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1 This know also, that in the last dayes perillous times shall come.

2 For men shall bee louers of their owne selues, couetous, boasters, proude, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, vnthankfull, vnholy,

3 Without naturall affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitours, heady, high minded, louers of pleasures more then louers of God,

5 Hauing a forme of godlinesse, but denying the power thereof: from such turne away.

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and leade captiue silly women laden with sinnes, led away with diuers lusts,

7 Euer learning, and neuer able to come to the knowledge of the trueth.

8 Now as Iannes and Iambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the trueth: men of corrupt mindes, reprobate concerning the faith.

9 But they shal proceede no further: for their folly shall be manifest vnto all men, as theirs also was.

10 But thou hast fully knowen my doctrine, maner of life, purpose, faith, long suffering, charitie, patience,

11 Persecutions, afflictions which came vnto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra, what persecutions I indured: but out of them all the Lord deliuered me.

12 Yea, and all that will liue godly in Christ Iesus, shall suffer persecution.

13 But euill men and seducers shall waxe worse and worse, deceiuing, and being deceiued.

14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned, and hast been assured of, knowing of whome thou hast learned them.

15 And that from a childe thou hast knowen the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise vnto saluation through faith which is in Christ Iesus.

16 All Scripture is giuen by inspiration of God, & is profitable for doctrine, for reproofe, for correction, for instrution in righteousnesse,

17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished vnto all good workes.

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Commentary for 2 Timothy 3

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 2 Timothy 3

  • Kevin Mack
    As I read the news, look at utube ,and watch the democrats trying to impeach a sitting President for their own personal gain who's innocent of all their false charges. Plus trying to over throw the UNITED States for the Chinese government these scriptures become very real and prophetic.
  • Ian
    There is in this letter, a special affinity between Paul and Timothy. Paul, having a first hand account of this family by making particular mention of Timothy's mother and grandmother. Also Paul called young Timothy "my own son in the faith", which means, I The emphasis here is that Paul "knew", those people by seeing how they "lived" godly lives, as contrasted with being "told".
  • Shara
    If read in serious contemplation it's scary because it's so easy to slip into being weak minded and nonchalant about the scriptures. And yet this is what God is saying "Be ye holy because I am holy". I look around and especially myself and I see the scriptures are manifest in from of me.
  • Obbie Beal
    1-9 above is another great warning to the BORN-AGAIN to observe, especially as it relate to 'what time it is' (THE LAST DAYS); 1-9 specifically identify the human actions that has been accepted plus elevated to customary practice by the human race in 2019; Wow! Wow! Wow!
  • Weeta Uchitel
    How could he possess this in-depth wisdom so many years ago...either he was inspired by God or the world weren't any different then than it is today, or both. It is a detailed and brutally frank depiction of our world today...scary.
  • A disciple
    "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" MAN DOES NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE! Our life is NOT made up of the things we possess nor does filling up our outward decorations and idols make our character after the image and likeness of God. It all comes from the Word of God! Our whole duty is to keep God's commandments, HIS WORDS! Read them through: constantly never let them depart from before your eyes. Pray them in, examining yourself by the Spirit's convictions that we really be "of the Truth." Write them down, study them, and learn what the words mean, so you can accurately understand what kind of man or woman God expects you to be. Work them out in every thought and intent of your heart, in word and deed, being honest and sincere, and very courageous. If we are to be made into the image and likeness of God, it can only be by His Spirit, through His entirely inspired Word put in action. THAT'S FAITH, AND THAT'S WISDOM!

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