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2 Timothy 3:1-9
1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. 9 But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.
Reflection & Application
2 Timothy 3:1-5
- What are the characteristics of people in the last days and how is this an apt picture of people today?
- What can I learn from the fact that someone who has the “appearance of godliness” can be characterized as “lovers of self,” “lovers of money,” and “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God”?
- Apostle Paul instructs Timothy to “avoid such people” who have an “appearance of godliness but [deny] its power.” What warning does this serve me regarding the desires of my heart?
2 Timothy 3:6-7
- How is being “burdened with sins and led astray by various passions” related to “always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth”? How can this lead to being “weak”?
- To what extent am I a “weak” person though I am given many opportunities to learn the truth?