2 Timothy 3:16

Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me! Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.



The last days will be perilous and tumultuous, with all kinds of evil and sin prevailing. Pleasure will be regarded as more important than godliness by many. Timothy is to turn away from those espousing such values and practices.



Those who teach false doctrine always learn yet never understand the truth. They are marked by sexual immorality with gullible women. As Moses resisted Pharaoh’s magicians, so these men must be resisted. Like those magicians, their lack of progress towards God will be seen by all.



In living an exemplary Christian life, Paul has been persecuted and yet has been conscious of the Lord’s deliverance for him. All who have a desire to live a godly life in Christ will also be persecuted.



As evil men and impostors get worse and worse, both in their deception and in their self-deception, the Christian must continue in the Word of God and in Christ, demonstrating an obvious opposite lifestyle to those men.



All Scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and righteous instruction, so that God’s man might be completely equipped to work for his Master.


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