II Timothy 3:1-17
May 2, 2004
v. 1 - tells us that there are "perilous times" set for this
old world and the people in it. Perilous here means
grievous, uneasy, trying, hard to deal with times.
They will be times when a Christian hardly knows which
way to turn or what to do. He has to live under a constant
sense of hindrance and difficulty of one sort or another.
It will be a time of abounding wickedness!
II Peter 2:7-9 - vexed - tormented
I have always thought of this as dealing with the
general populace apart from God but apparently it
has to do with church people as well.
I Peter 4:15-18
vs. 2 - 5
A time of doctrinal degeneracy & widespread moral decay!
An absence of all restraint from law - human or Divine -
a spirit that loves darkness rather than light - John 3:16-21
"lovers of self" and the exclusion of God from the central
place in life to which He is entitled. Instead of God on the
throne in an individual's life, we see self enthroned.
"covetous" - literally lovers of money - Luke 12:16-21
"boastful" - "proud" - haughty blasphemers - evil speakers
against God and holy things
And all this coming from where? Mark 7:20-23
"disobedient to parents" - selfishness is early to show itself
in the form of self-will. The young generation will show
impatience of being ruled by their parents, which is sure to
grow into impatience in respect of all rightful rule, church,
school, friends, government.
A large development of lawlessness beginning in the family
"unthankful" - "unholy" - profane - opposite of sacred -
lacking all relationship or affinity with
There are certain sanctities which are everlasting, anterior to
law & custom - like the sanctities of the marriage bond,
its permanence and sanctity of life - (article in New Era
yesterday about the march on
Ingratitude to be a striking figure of the grievous times -
"without natural affection - no reverence, no love in their
hearts for marriage or children - affection sweetens life!
v. 3 - "without natural affection - parents to children,
children to parents.
vulgarities of silly women at rally aforementioned - see v. 6
"truce breakers" - implacable - cannot be persuaded
to enter into a covenant - whether marriage or salvation
"false accusers" - slanderers - the arch slanderer is Satan -
the accuser of the brethren - "accuses day & night"\
"incontinent" - without self-control - with self-will uncurbed
in early life, it is not to be wondered at that the men of the
grievous times are to be men who have lost self-control.
Bro. Duncan's series - This was a series that lasted around three months - he would start out by reading Revelation 20:1-8 and then read one of the traits of the last time in verses 2-4 - taking each one individually and consecutively - and at the end of each sermon - Bro. Duncan would ask "Is he loose?" - This was in the late 1960's
I Cor. 7:5
Prov. 16:32b - "he that ruleth his spirit (is better) than he
that taketh a city"
"fierce" - savage, unmerciful
"despisers of those that are good" - no lovers of good
I John 3:12
v. 4 - "traitors" - betrayers of those who trust in them.
"heady" - head strong - denotes obstinacy which will not be
influenced by wise advice - a person who acts from
impulse, without considering the consequences
Rash - reckless - (fall forward)
They have no right sense of their own position before
God - their insignificance, impotence and responsibility.
"high-minded" - puffed up
"lovers of pleasures" - carnality/sensuality destroy sense
of duty and ignores conscience (seared with hot iron)
The antithesis of lovers of God - pleasure instead of God? -
finding pleasure in immoral art, where God is not, where
there is no reverence, no righteousness, no purity, no
goodness - worshipping at that shrine until they become
idolaters, worshipping worldly applause, fleshly satisfaction
and carnal joy.
II Cor. 10:5
Apostasy started out by the love of self and ends with the
love of pleasure to the utter exclusion of "love of God"!
v. 5 - "form" - morphoo - the shape, structure as compared
to dunamis - power.
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Christianized paganism in the church?
It is easier to deal with pure heathenism than with christian
By life, character & conversation, one can give the lie to
his Christian profession - an outward form, not an inward
living power of godliness.
Outward show of devoutness to cover a heart enslaved in sin.
A theorized short-cut to peace between worldliness
and religion......Prevalence of moral evil & its strange
coexistence with Christian forms.
Compare Romans 1:29-32
"from such turn away"
v. 6 - "silly women" - not of the right stamp
v. 7 - their own selfish inclinations, not the grace of God,
the motive power within them.
Hearts calloused through an evil life and so made
inaccessible to the truth
v. 8 - "resist the truth"
"men of corrupt minds" - in a moral sense
men whose understanding is gone - perished -
moral death = corruption
- rejected - opposite of approved in ch. 2:15
"avoid" - ch. 2:23, "from such turn away" - v. 5
"Jannes & Jambres" - historical prototypes - reported
to be the sons of Balaam - represented as having as much
authority of Moses himself? Said to have perished in
We too, can believe that the great development of evil
in the last days will end in complete exposure of evil
and the triumph of good!
v. 9 - "But they shall proceed no further"
Imus in the morning-Doonesbury cartoons
"their folly shall be manifest unto all men as
theirs also was"
Ultimate extinction - Rev. 20:10
I pray that God will frustrate, thwart evil in society
and in my life and family!
Overthrown in the
the overthrow of
v. 12 - The world is essentially at war with the
Kingdom of God - John 15:19
v. 11 - "out of them all the Lord delivered me"
I Peter 4:12-13 John 15:20-21
"all that will live godly in Christ Jesus" - the
highest aim of man in this world - Puritans - no
more the aim it seems????
v. 13 - "evil men & seducers" - imposters - jugglers,
Be not like these juggling heretics, blown about by
every wind of doctrine and always seeking some
new thing, but abide in the old truths which thou
has learned from thy childhood.
Let men repeat falsities with sufficient frequency
and deliberateness, and they will come eventually
to believe it themselves.
Contrast with v. 12 - sad to say...the worse specimens
have not yet been seen.
There is no grace in the heart to arrest the downward
v. 14 - "continue thou in the things which thou hast
learned" and "hast been assured of" ....
"knowing of whom thou hast learned them"
"for correction" - setting a person straight, revisal/
The design of scriptures - That the man of God may
be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.
Perfection for the believer in life and service.
Supply men with due appliances for this end.
Knowledge, faith, holiness, wisdom, guidance for life!
"instruction in righteousness" - equipped fully -
A century ago Americans & their leaders were so
equipped - nowadays people are clueless -
How did it happen - a rejection of the Word of
Beware lest the curse that came on Saul come
on this society - "for thou hast rejected the word
of the Lord, and the Lord hath rejected thee"
I Sam. 15:26