"THE SECOND EPISTLE TO TIMOTHY" Chapter Three OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER 1) To learn about the moral decline that will occur in the last days 2) To appreciate the value of all Scripture, including the Old Testament SUMMARY From exhortations to steadfast service in the first two chapters, Paul now proceeds to offer exhortations to sound doctrine in this chapter and into the next. He warns of perilous times to come in the last days, describing the condition of the people during these times. Such people Timothy was to turn away from, for they would be just like Jannes and Jambres who resisted Moses in the Old Testament (1-9). Reminding Timothy of how he had carefully followed Paul's doctrine and manner of life up to that point, Paul warns of the persecution to befall those who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus. While evil men and impostors will grow worse and deceive many (being deceived themselves), Timothy is exhorted to continue in those things he has learned. Paul has special reference to the Scriptures Timothy had known since childhood, which like all Scripture is inspired of God and has the value of making one wise for the salvation which is by faith in Christ, instructing one in such a way as to make him complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work (10-17). OUTLINE I. PERILOUS TIMES TO COME (1-9) A. A DESCRIPTION OF THESE PERILOUS TIMES (1-5a) 1. They will come in the last days (1) 2. There will be perilous times because of the condition of men (2-5a) a. Lovers of themselves, lovers of money b. Boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents c. Unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving d. Slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good e. Traitors, headstrong, haughty f. Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God g. Having a form of godliness but denying its power B. REASONS TO TURN AWAY FROM SUCH PERILOUS PEOPLE (5b-9) 1. A warning to turn away from such people (5b) 2. Reasons to do so (6-9) a. For such lead gullible people astray b. For such are always learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth c. Just like Jannes and Jambres who resisted Moses... 1) These resist the truth 2) They are men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith 3) They will not progress, and their folly will become manifest to all II. A REMINDER OF PAUL'S EXAMPLE (10-13) A. TIMOTHY HAD CAREFULLY FOLLOWED PAUL'S DOCTRINE AND LIFE (10-11) 1. His doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, love, perseverance (10) 2. Even his persecutions and afflictions at Antioch, Iconium and Lystra (11a) 3. Yet the Lord delivered him out of them all (11b) B. EXPECT PERSECUTION (12-13) 1. For those who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution (12) 2. Evil men and impostors will grow worse, deceiving and being deceived (13) III. EXHORTATION TO ABIDE IN THE SCRIPTURES (14-17) A. CONTINUE IN THE THINGS HE HAD LEARNED (14-15) 1. Things he had been assured of, knowing from whom he had learned them (14) 2. In particular that which he learned from childhood, the Holy Scriptures (15a) 3. For they are able to make him wise for salvation through faith in Christ (15b) B. THE ALL-SUFFICIENCY OF THE SCRIPTURES (16-17) 1. All scripture is given by inspiration of God (16a) 2. It is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction in righteousness (16b) 3. So the man of God can be complete, thoroughly complete for every good work (17)
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1) What are the main points of this chapter? 2) When will perilous times come? (1) 3) During these perilous times, what three things will men love? (2-4) 4) What sort of godliness will they have? (5) 5) How will such men gain followers? (6) 6) What is said about their learning? (7) 7) What two men will these individuals in perilous times be like? (8) 8) What had Timothy carefully followed in regards to Paul? (10-11) 9) What did Paul say about those who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus? (12) 10) What will happen in regards to evil men and impostors? (13) 11) In what was Timothy to continue? (14) 12) What had he known from his childhood? (15) 13) What was the value of those things he had known since childhood? (15) 14) What two things are stated about all scripture? (16) 15) What are the scriptures designed to produce? (17)