I. THE CERTAINTY OF DIFFICULT TIMES (v1)
“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times.”
- Jesus Christ had foretold (Matt 24) that there would be tough times and tempters who would come and try to destroy us and the work of the Lord. So we much trust in the Word..
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6
- Timothy you must know that in the last days, there will come unstable times. These would be difficult times, wherein it would be a struggle for a person to keep a good conscience. Difficult times will come that will make it tough to stay Godly!
“Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12)
II. THE WORST OF TIMES (VV2-9)
25 Characteristics Listed Here….
A. Self-Centered Philosophy (V2a) “For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God…”
- “Lovers of self” = Me-ism, “It’s just me myself and I.”
- “Lovers of money” = Covetous, I want what you have!
- “Boastful and Proud” = “We are strutting to hell thinking we are too good to be damned” – Adrian Rogers
- “Mocking God” = Scoffing at Our God…”May their Scoffing fall back on their heads” Nehemiah 4:4
B. Self-Serving Relationships (vv2b-3a)“Disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving…”
- “Disobedient to parents” = We have a generation of students who know nothing of authority or discipline…
- “Ungrateful” = No sense of dependance on the assistance of others
- “Unholy” = No Reverence for Sacred. Nothing is Holy!
- “Without love” = without natural affection; literally without family love…
- “Unforgiving” = truce breakers – throw away marriages
3. Self-Gratifying Lifestyle (VV3b-4) “They will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.”
- “Slanderous” = Treacherous, “utterances of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another’s reputation” – Merriam-Webster
- “Lack of Self-Control = unable to control themselves or their lives…headstrong, acting without careful thought
- “Cruel” = brutal towards others, mean for no reason…
- “Hate Good” = not lovers of good…striving for what is bad and wrong”
- “Disloyal” = they betray their friends, our land is filled with violence and hatred.
- “Reckless” = marked by lack of proper caution, careless of consequences
- “Prideful” = “puffed up with pride”
- “Pleasure” = love physical and sexual gratification instead of God
4. Self-Exalting Religion (vv5-9)
5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. 6 They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires. 7 (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.) 8 These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith. 9 But they won’t get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are, just as with Jannes and Jambres.
- “Religious” = yet reject the Lord’s power that could change them
- “Reject” = they reject the power of God for their lives, they deny what He can do. They refuse to Accept God’s Power!
- “Take Advantage” = “win the confidence of vulnerable women”
- “Burdened” = take advantage of others who are weak, and held down with sin.
- “Never Understanding” = Knowledge may increase but not truth, they are never able to understand the truth
- “Depraved” = marked by corruption or evil, perverted minds
- “Counterfeit” = their lives and what they believe is fake.
- “Fools” = a person lacking in judgment or prudence
“Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are, just as with Jannes and Jambres.” 1 Timothy 3:9
- Jannes and Jambres. Two chief magicians who fought Moses and Aaron, “Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs” Exodus 7:10-12
III. THE BEST OF TIMES (VV5,10-17)
1. Stay Separate (V5b)
“Stay away from people like that!”
“Take note of those who refuse to obey what we say in this letter. Stay away from them so they will be ashamed.” 2 Thessalonians 3:14
“Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them.” Romans 16:17
“I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people.” 1 Corinthians 5:11
- We need to break away from others who cause our walk in Christ to suffer or our morals loosened.
- Sometimes we have to say Goodbye to family, friend and others who drag us in a direction we don’t want to go. Stay Away from them!
2. Stay Faithful (VV10-11)
10 But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance. 11 You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord rescued me from all of it.
- Even in persecution and suffering, Stay Faithful to the Lord.
- Now we may not get persecuted like believer’s in the early church but any of us who has really stood for Jesus at work, or at School or even with friends…will be persecuted…Stay Faithful!
“Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers.” Matthew 24:9
3. Stay True (VV12-13)
12 Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived.
- In many cases, if you are not being persecuted, it is because you are not living godly!
- When we strive to live for God all out, persecution will happen! However we must Stay True to our Lord.
4. Stay Right (vv14-16)
14 But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. 15 You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. (vv14-15)
- Be Faithful Followers to the “the things you have been taught”
- Be Faithful Christians by “trusting in Christ Jesus”
5. Stay In the Word (v16)
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to…”
“Teaches Us” = What is True!
“Makes Us Realize” = What is Wrong!
“Correct Us” = When we are Wrong!
“Teaches Us” = To Do what is Right!
“He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.” Titus 2:14
“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9