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

  • Part one US NAVY on 2 Timothy 3:5
    Why can't USA fake news media report this on the Iranian Fake Aircraft Cartier?

    I'm proud of the mention of United States Floating REAL firepower in the Gulf!!!

    Iran has a giant fake aircraft carrier that it has used over the years to practice with during naval drills to show off that it can attack US carriers. Now the lumbering model boat is on the move.

    The US usually has at least one aircraft carrier somewhere near the Persian Gulf. Iran often harassed US naval ships in the Persian Gulf using fast boats of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. In April, President Donald Trump said the US would sink Iranian boats that harass American warships.

    The aircraft carrier is usually docked near the Port of Bandar Abbas. In recent days there was a mysterious explosive noise heard in Qeshm Island, just offshore. In addition, the oil tanker Gulf Sky, which is at the center of an international dispute amid accusations that an IRGC front company bought it, is also anchored off the island, after being allegedly hijacked from the coast of the UAE on July 6.

    Iran's refurbished mockup aircraft carrier is seen towed by a tugboat near Bandar Abbas, Iran. Iran's refurbished mockup aircraft carrier is seen towed by a tugboat.

    A satellite located the Iranian fake carrier offshore from Bandar Abbas and now some 50 km. southeast of where it was before. It is estimated to be 200 meters long and 50 meters wide, some 50%-70% the size of a real aircraft carrier, depending on how you estimate its overall size or displacement.

    It is thus not just a floating piece of wood, but a large lumbering (Continued part 2)
  • Bob Grove on 2 Timothy 3:5
    They have been deceived with a counterfeit gospel .

    Jesus said many will come in his name .

    You must read the bible for yourself with the help of the Holy Spirit or you will be deceived by men. Read Matthew 24 Why I say this ? Because the spirit of truth will lead you into All truth . Men can not do this .

    Also there is a spirit of Antichrist, and it opposes the truth . Not all spirits although real are good or from God . You must be able to identify them . It's all in the bible .
  • Gwen on 2 Timothy 3
    I truly believe we are living in the last days and times. People of lovers of themselves- selfies. Days and nights are full of fear- Anxiety and depression. People have been given over to a reprobate mind in man woman relationships. Children have turned against parents even with striking and cursing them. Everyone wants to be their own boss no one wants to be told what to do on jobs. Form of godliness all the different religions and spirituality that excludes our true God and his son Jesus. I am a mental health professional and my prayers are for our families and this earth.
  • The Beginning Of Evils on 2 Timothy 3:6
    Captivate to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence; enchant,fascinate, bewitch, charm.

    2 subdue. Celebrities hold their female fans captive,are vunerable by there beauty,influence,traits,voice,singing.Celebrities hold attention and interests in people.

    from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition. Captive.

    noun One, such as a prisoner of war, who is forcibly confined, subjugated, or enslaved.

    noun One held in the grip of a strong emotion or passion.

    noun A subsidiary that serves only its parent company.

    adjective Taken and held prisoner, as in war.

    adjective Held in bondage; enslaved.

    adjective Kept under restraint or control; confined.

    adjective Enraptured, as by beauty; captivated.
  • Marleina on 2 Timothy 3:1
    I too feel that the media has its own agenda which does not include telling the truth! We never hear about the number of deaths that are attributed to drivers using cell phones! I'm so glad to see that some of us are "awake"! God help us.....
  • Demetrius on 2 Timothy 3:1
    i love it
  • Marie on 2 Timothy 3:5
    sounds like celebrities right now!
  • Cruelty In The Last Days on 2 Timothy 3:3
    So Many People Like This "Despisers of those that are good"/
  • Marie pilgrim on 2 Timothy 3:1
    Its Happening and we are entering into the beginning of these perilous times,it will only get worse. Bracing for the most difficult,stressful times too come.
  • Jesse - in Reply on 2 Timothy 3:1
    Marie,

    The first 9 verses of 2 Timothy Chapter 3 gives us a description of the last days. We have been in the last days for a long time now, since Paul's day. The last days are not to be taken as meaning the tribulation period, even though the tribulation period is included in the last days. Paul was very compelled in his letters to speak about the apostasy of the last days.

    He believed the apostasy was starting in his day. And we are still in those last days. The last days began in Acts Chapter 2 at the coming of the Holy Spirit, and they will end at the end of the Tribulation Period. We are in the last days deeper now than in Paul's day. And again, Paul believed the apostasy was in his day. And we see all these things happening in and amongst the church.

    A study of the description of the last days shows us two things. First, we see the characteristic of people in the last days in Verses 1 through 5, and then the condition of people in the last days in Verses 6 through 9. These are people that are in the church, as Verse 5 tells us. They are not just in it, but among the believers. These are the things that are happening in and among the church even today. These are people who have a form of godliness but reject and deny the power thereof.


 

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