2 Timothy 3
In Second Timothy 3 Paul issues a strong indictment against today’s spiritual Ekklesia.
Paul directly warns us about the last days before Christ comes: Telling us what it will be like in the world and in the latter day spiritual Ekklesia.
These things all have their spiritual counterparts.
2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves [selfish], covetous [loving to be preeminent], boasters [claiming great things and titles for themselves], proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents [including being disobedient to God the Father], unthankful, unholy [not living by the Word of God],
The pride of today’s religious leaders and elders in the spiritual Ekklesia [with very few exceptions] is enormous; each thinking that they know better than God and that their ways and false traditions trump the Word of God.
They blaspheme calling themselves God’s people, when they teach and live in rebellion against the Word of God. They are rebellious against the Word of God and disobedient to the Word of God their Father. They are full of pride rejecting the holiness that comes from a passionate love and zeal for God to keep his Word.
They despise any zeal to keep God’s Word, having no love for godliness, loving only themselves and their own false traditions. They deceive the brethren into following idols of men, and falsely accuse the zealous for God of trying to divide the brethren, when it Is they themselves who have divided the brethren from God and from each other.
3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce [combative and confrontational], despisers of those that are good
Jesus said; “only God is good” and that would include the whole Word of God as being good, which is the very nature of God,
Most of today’s spiritual Ekklesia are traitors to their commitment to God the Father and to baptismal covenant of espousal to Christ; following idols of men and not following the Husband of their covenant of espousal.
3:4 Traitors, heady [intoxicated with their own ways, and filled with pride in themselves], highminded [arrogant and self willed], lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
I have been directly told by people that they go to restaurants and profane God’s holy Sabbath for their own personal pleasure. This is openly admitted! Today’s spiritual Ekklesia loves their own pleasures instead of making the things of God their pleasure, as it is written.
Isaiah 58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
They do their best to try to appear godly but in appearances only, making a pretense of keeping the Sabbath and High Days while polluting them.
We love to call ourselves “God’s church” or “God’s people,” which is a blasphemy because we are NOT God’s people, but the people of the idols we follow. We are in rebellion against the Word of God by following idols of men and by doing so we deny the authority [the power] of God.
2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Our leaders are our deceivers, creeping about to lead foolish and sinful brethren to follow themselves.
Instead of rebuking all sin at all times like a godly elder, they falsely teach that a little sin will be overlooked, and so entice the spiritually weak and foolish to continue in sin [and the vain pleasures of sin]; stealing their crowns!
3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women [foolish women being a type of today’s spiritual Ekklesia the collective bride] laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
These false elders and leaders present themselves as great scholars while never understanding the truth; because they will not submit themselves to the whole Word of God and instead try to force and twist God’s Word to back up their own false teachings.
3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Just as the magicians of Pharaoh resisted Moses, those who resist the Word of God today are spiritually corrupted into the gross error of their own ways, following idols of man and false traditions.
These Resisters of the Truth; justify following error, false traditions and sin and are reprobates from God’s Word
3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 3:9 But they shall proceed no further [such men will not prosper, for Almighty God will rise up to correct them]: for their folly shall be manifest [revealed, made known] unto all men, as their’s [Jannes and Jambres] also was.
All truly godly persons will suffer persecutions, and often from their own household including from the supposed spiritual Ekklesia. The seal of godliness is not wealth or numbers, but the sufferings that have been endured for God’s way.
3:10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 3:11 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. 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
In the world and in the Ekklesia, wicked deceivers and wickedness will continue to increase, deceiving many of the brethren away from our God and away from God’s Word.
3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
Brethren, prove all things by the whole Word of God and continue diligently in the Holy Scriptures.
3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 3:15 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.
It is not enough to know the scriptures or to have faith; we must also have the works of faith and the works of godliness; diligently living by every Word of God.
3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Timothy 4
Timothy and all elders and brethren are charged to be faithful to live by and to faithfully teach; every Word of God
2 Timothy 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
Paul warns that most of the latter day spiritual Ekklesia will stray far from any zeal for sound doctrine and the Word of God, to follow false traditions [fables] and idols of men and corporate entities.
This supports Paul’s statement to the Thessalonians that there will be a great falling away of the Ekklesia just before the tribulation.
4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Let the godly of today and of all ages watch and be zealously faithful to live by every Word of God and to endure anything and everything to learn, to keep and to teach the whole Word of God.
Do not depart from following God the Father and our espoused Husband Jesus Christ to follow idols of men and false traditions
4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
Paul writing from Rome indicates that his judgment is very close and that he believes that he will soon die.
4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
Let us all fight the good fight of faithfulness to our beloved LORD; so that we may all be delivered to the resurrection to spirit and eternal life by the true righteous judge.
4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Paul asks Timothy to come quickly to him for his time is at hand and his friends have forsaken him.
4:9 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me [in Rome]: 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; [Crescens and Titus have left but have not forsaken Paul, having gone to care for the churches; and so Paul was left with Luke alone at his time of judgment by the Emperor.] Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
Paul asks that his friends come to him and bring him his beloved books also; so that he may be comforted in his last months.
4:11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. 4:12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus. 4:13 The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.
Timothy is warned to beware of adversaries just as we also should beware of those who would entice us with clever words to subvert our faith and zeal for God and the whole Word of God.
4:14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: 4:15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.
At Paul’s first appearance before the Roman court he was abandoned by others of the faith and caused to stand alone. Paul gives his forgiveness for this abandonment.
4:16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.
At his first hearing in Rome, although abandoned by his friends, Paul still found courage in Christ and gave a good witness of God’s way to the court, and judgment was deferred. His witness to the court was then spread abroad to all of Rome, so that all in Rome heard of God’s way.
4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
Paul then witnesses to Timothy and to us; that all those who stand steadfast in godliness will be delivered from every evil, to rise from the grave an eternal spirit with God.
4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
4:19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus [Onesimus]. 4:20 Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.
Evidently this Epistle was written in summer and Paul asks Timothy to come before winter.
4:21 Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee [greets Timothy], and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.
4:22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.