Saturday, August 2, 2014
2 Timothy 3:1-5
I just completed a personal study of 1 and 2 Timothy, and zeroed in on 2 Timothy 3:1-5, which reads:
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”
The study guide I used, Walking in Power, Love, and Discipline by Kay Arthur, David Lawson and Bob Vereen, provided the following commentary on 2 Timothy 3:1-5 which I found to be quite sobering. The author's definitions of the words used in this passage are fodder for honest reflection on the condition of our hearts.
“disobedient to parents—a person who resists the authority of his parents, leading him to resist all other authority, both human and divine.
revilers—a person who uses his speech to cause harm to people, attempting to ‘tear them down’ in his conversations with other individuals.
irreconcilable—a person who will not accept a truce but continues in his enmity and unforgiveness.
malicious gossips—a person who intentionally thinks up evil reports and accusations and falsely accuses someone else. (This word is the same word used to describe the devil).
without self-control—a person who is void of any self-imposed restraints over his passions and lusts. (Note that in 2 Timothy 1:7, God has given believers power, love, and discipline. The word discipline could be translated ‘self-control’).
brutal—a person who is untamed, savage, and wild in his actions and attitudes.
treacherous—a person who betrays any confidence and trust placed in him—a traitor.
conceited—a person who knows it all and cannot be told anything by anybody.
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—a person who loves what is pleasurable to himself rather than what pleases God; a person who is controlled by satisfying his passions—food, drink, recreation, entertainment, success, sex, etc.—rather than being controlled by what pleases God.”
holding to a form of godliness—a person who holds to an appearance of religion, a mask of godliness. This person would attend church as a ritual and embrace some of the traditions of religious activity (like celebrating Christmas and Easter), but would not have a personal relationship with Christ.”
Now, surely we all have been plagued by the above characteristics. Reading the above can elicit overwhelming sorrow in our hearts. But 1 John 1:9 assures us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
There is no time like now to do personal business with God. He is awaiting our response to His call.