2 Timothy Chapter 3

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Introduction

IN the first part of this chapter, 2 Tim 3:1ff, Paul reminds Timothy of the great apostasy which was to be expected in the church, and states some of the characteristics of it. In 2 Tim 3:9, he says that that apostasy would not always continue; but would be at some time arrested, and so arrested as to show to all men the folly of those who were concerned in it. In 2 Tim 3:10, 2 Tim 3:11, he refers Timothy to his own manner of life in the midst of persecutions, as an encouragement to him to bear the trials which might be expected to occur to him in a similar manner. "Perilous times" were to come, and Timothy might be expected to be called to pass through trials similar to those which Paul himself had experienced. In those times the remembrance of his example would be invaluable. In 2 Tim 3:12, 2 Tim 3:13, he assures Timothy that persecutions and trials were to be expected by all who aimed to lead holy lives, and that it was as certainly to be expected that evil men would become worse and worse. And in 2 Tim 3:14ff, he exhorts him to be steadfast in maintaining the truth; and to encourage him to do this, reminds him of his early training in the Holy Scriptures, and of the value of those Scriptures. To the Scriptures he might repair in all times of trial, and find support in the Divine promises. What he had learned there was the inspired truth of God, and was able to make him wise, and to furnish him abundantly for all that he was to do or to suffer.

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1: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. edit

2: For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, edit

3: Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, edit

4: Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; edit

5: Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. edit

6: For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, edit

7: Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. edit

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

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

10: But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, edit

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. edit

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

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

14: But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; edit

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. edit

16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: edit

17: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. edit

Paraphrase 2Timothy 3:16-17 From the very first verse in Genesis to the last verse in Revelation, this passage of Scripture makes it clear that this is the Word of God. Not only is it His Word but it is infallible. It does not contradict itself. It is able to change, correct, and transform the heart. There is nothing missing in it, and every jot it contains came from the breath of God Himself. In these four verses in the letter to Timothy, Paul is only accentuating the Word’s effectiveness; God’s Word. There is nothing close to comparison to the Word. There is nothing more fruitful and able to cause change. There is nothing like it to show the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every piece of Scripture is useful one way or another. It shows us truth, convicts us of our own rebellions, corrects our mistakes, points out the righteous path to take, and trains us and shapes us up for the tasks God has planned for us. Paul says five things about the Word of God. It is God-breathed, profitable for teaching, profitable for reproof, profitable for correction and training in righteousness. That it is God-breathed, shows it is reliable and True. Its truth are just as valid today as when first uttered to Adam and Eve. As one grows into the likeness of Jesus, one is disciplined in Righteousness. These four verses affirm the divine inspiration of Scripture. It lacks not one thing., containing everything in it to bring into perfect formation the servant of Christ. The scriptures are profitable in making a person complete unto every good work. The Bible is God-speaking! Its words, which came from the very mouth of God, convict the spirit, educate and discipline the mind. It assures and affirms the life and purpose of he who meditates on it. Every word fully trains he who seeks righteousness, teaching him what destroys him and what must be removed in order to reach the goal. It is efficient to instruct those who are in need of instruction and who desire it. It is also a tool for reprimanding and reproving ones actions for the purpose of correcting and leading to sanctification, producing the need character to accomplish every good work.

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