Teacher: Rusty Kennedy
Series: 2 Timothy
- Paul is in prison in Roman
- Nero has been persecuting the believers in Rome.
- Believers are staying clear of Paul.
- No one came to support Paul in his preliminary hearing.
- Luke visits Paul and pens the letter for Paul.
- Paul knows his time is near.
- Paul warns Timothy about those who will fall away from the faith.
- Needs to encourage Timothy to keep discipling.
2 Timothy 3
1 But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days.
- Last days = Season before the Lord Returns (Tribulation, etc.)?
- Today we are living in the last days, that period between Christ’s exaltation and his return.
- So why worry about how bad things are?
- When the center of gravity in an individual shifts from God to self, a plethora of sins can spring up.
- This last characteristic makes clear that those individuals described in verses 2-4 would even claim to be Christians (i.e., false teachers and their followers).
- Timothy was to avoid association with people who demonstrated these characteristics except, of course, for purposes of evangelism and instruction.
- Who influences who?
6 For among them are those who worm their way into households and capture idle women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions, 7 always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.
- These false religious leaders take advantage of the problems people have, and promise them quick and easy solutions.
- TV evangelists are a great example for today.
- They were listening to the false teachers and judaizers.
- They had an insatiable curiosity about religion but little discernment to distinguish truth from error.
- Paul used the Egyptian magicians who opposed Moses in the plagues (Exod. 7:11; 9:11) to illustrate the fate of these false teachers.
- 1,400 years earlier… they are still mentioned by name.
- They turned staffs into snakes but couldn’t compete with Moses in boils.
- Jewish oral or written tradition preserved their names even though the Old Testament did not.
- As these magicians, the false teachers opposed God's revealed truth, possessed corrupt minds, and were outside the fold of the faithful.
- They would proceed only so far, as their Egyptian predecessors did.
- Their foolishness would become common knowledge when their power would prove inadequate.
The Sacred Scriptures
10 But you have followed my teaching (ministry), conduct (ministry), purpose (ministry), faith (life), patience (life), love (life), and endurance (life), 11 along with the persecutions and sufferings that came to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from them all.
- The fact that Paul was delivered from his persecutions was to be encouragement to Timothy.
- Romans 8:38 - And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels can't, and the demons can't. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away.  Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Some “prosperity” messages will not filter here.
- This course is in opposition to the world system.
- Confrontation and conflict are inevitable.
- This statement does not contradict what Paul said in verse 9.
- In verse 13 he meant that evil becomes more intensive as time goes on.
- In verse 9 he meant that the teaching of evil does not necessarily become more extensive and capture a wider audience as evil becomes worse.
- Jewish parents were expected to teach their children the Law from the age of five onwards.
- Bate Safair (Torah – First 5 books)
- Bate Talmude (Law & Prophets)
- Bate Midrash (rabbi disciple)
- 1:5 - I know that you sincerely trust the Lord, for you have the faith of your mother, Eunice, and your grandmother, Lois.
- What you know is reliable and powerful.
- It is God's Word, the expression of His person (heart, mind, will, etc.). This was the view of the Old Testament that Jews in the first century commonly held.
- 2 Peter 3:15-16 (67 AD, same year as 2 Timothy) - And remember, the Lord is waiting so that people have time to be saved. This is just as our beloved brother Paul wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him—  speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters around to mean something quite different from what he meant, just as they do the other parts of Scripture and the result is disaster for them.
- They are profitable for doctrine (what is right),
- for reproof (what is not right),
- for correction (how to get right),
- and for instruction in righteousness (how to be right)."
- “man of God” – direct reference to Timothy
- also to those who commit themselves to God
- What completes you for every good work?
- The Helper
- The Scripture
- “good work” is not the goal… it is the byproduct of what we have been given.
 Lea, T. D., & Griffin, H. P. (1992). 1, 2 Timothy, Titus (Vol. 34, p. 223). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.
 Lea, T. D., & Griffin, H. P. (1992). 1, 2 Timothy, Titus (Vol. 34, p. 224). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.
 Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 2, p. 250). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
 Lea, T. D., & Griffin, H. P. (1992). 1, 2 Timothy, Titus (Vol. 34, p. 228). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.
 The Holy Bible: Holman Christian standard version. (2009). (2 Ti 3:1–17). Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers.