2 Timothy
Chapter 3

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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.

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.

8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

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

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.

12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

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.

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.

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

  • 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.
  • Steve morrow
    2 TIMOTHY 3:5 having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof --from such turn away--3:6--for of this sort are they which creep into houses and lead captive silly women laden with sins led away with diverse lusts--3:7--ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth 1 TIMOTHY 2:12 but I suffer not a woman to teach nor to usurp authority over the man but to be in silence
  • Steve morrow
    2 TIMOTHY 3:16 all scripture is given by inspiration of GOD and is profitable for doctrine for reproof for correction for instruction in righteousness **** MATTHEW 27:16 AND ABOUT THE NINTH HOUR JESUS CRIED WITH A LOUD VOICE --- ELI ELI LAMA SABACHTHANI --- THAT IS TO SAY MY GOD MY GOD WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME ****
  • Steve morrow
    2 TIMOTHY 3:1 this know also that in the last days perilous times shall come --3:2-- for men shall be lovers of their own selves covetous boasters proud blasphemers disobedient to parents unthankful unholy --3:3-- without natural affection trucebreakers false accusers incontinent fierce--DESPISERS OF THOSE THAT ARE GOOD--3:4--traitors heady highminded--LOVERS OF PLEASURES MORE THAN LOVERS OF GOD
  • Steve morrow
    2 TIMOTHY 3:15 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 HEBREWS 5:9 AND BEING MADE PERFECT HE BECAME THE AUTHOR OF ETERNAL SALVATION --- UNTO ALL THEM THAT OBEY HIM ---
  • Steve morrow
    2 TIMOTHY 3:5 having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof --FROM SUCH TURN AWAY-- TITUS 1:1 paul a servant of GOD and an apostle of JESUS CHRIST according to the faith of GODS elect and the acknowledging of the truth which is --- AFTER GODLINESS --- 1 TIMOTHY 6:6 BUT GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT IS GREAT GAIN
  • 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!
  • BSP
    Verse 13: In these last days, wicked men are going to go from bad to worse. We see this everyday and we know that God will soon take action against this wicked world.

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