Vs. 16, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” Amen…what a wonderful passage of scripture to memorize =) Paul now tells Timothy of what lies ahead for the future church. Paul begins telling Timothy of the “last days” (Vs. 1). We see a very sad description of what will come as a challenge for the church in our time today! The love of self (Vs. 2) will be a dominant factor (Me, Myself & I)…perhaps no other time in history have we seen this self promotion. Just think…we live in a time where you can literally choose what you want to do! It’s all about what YOU want. It’s all about where YOU want to go. It’s about YOUR choice. Question: But is it really about You/Us? Indeed, Paul must have seen a time such as now.
Regarding application…Deception. Vs. 5, “having a form of godliness but denying its power...” There is no denying that there are plenty of churches around these days! The Bible continues to be a world-wide best seller…yet the world is degrading before our very eyes. It’s very easy to see these type of people and assume they must be Christians. But more and more…we must do as Jesus said and identify them by the fruit they bare. True Christians are a minority…not a majority. We must be very careful not to be deceived by such people. The danger is that we assume they are Christians and then think it must be okay to act and talk like them. The pressure & danger of living in a sinful world is getting worse. We live in a crazy time. That is why all the more we must be diligent & faithful in in His Word, prayer & fellowship! We must equip ourselves in His word (Vs. 16) and be constantly aware of the deceivers! And remember…Paul is not talking about the secular world…he is addressing the church today (which should be even more alarming)!