I challenge you today to read this letter written to Paul’s brother in Christ, Timothy. (2 Timothy Chapter 3) Paul was in prison and would soon face death.
When you have finished reading this, go to your bible if you have one “do not use your phone to do this” find 2 Timothy 3 Chapter and read this again if you like. The thing that I want you to be aware of is the first thing that Paul tells his brother, “THIS IS THE LAST DAYS”, then look at how thin the rest of the bible is towards the end.
The Last of God’s Written Word. “THIS IS THE LAST DAYS. What do you think?? We don’t have very much time left to get it right!
YOU MAY as well know this too, Timothy, that in the last days it is going to be very difficult to be a Christian. For people will love only themselves and their money; they will be proud and boastful, and thoroughly bad. They will be hardheaded and never give in to others; they will be constant liars and troublemakers and will think nothing of immorality. They will be rough and cruel, and sneer at those who try to be good. They will betray their friends; they will be hotheaded, puffed up with pride, and prefer good times to worshiping God. They will believe anything they hear. Don’t be taken in by people like that.
They are the kind who craftily sneak into other people homes and make friendships with silly, sin-burdened women and teach them their doctrines. Women of this kind are forever following new teachers, but they never understand the truth.
And these teachers fight the truth just as Jannes and Jambres fought against Moses. They have dirty minds, warped and twisted, and have turned against the Christian faith.
But they won’t get away with all this forever. Some day their deceit will be well known to everyone, as was the sin of Jannes and Jambres.
But know from watching me that I am not that kind of person. You know what I believe and the way I live and what I want. You know my faith in Christ and how I have suffered. You know my love for you and my patience. You know how many troubles I have had as a result of my preaching the GOOD NEWS. You know about all that was done to me while I was visiting in Antioch, Iconium and Lystia, but the Lord delivered me. Yes, and those who decided to please Christ Jesus by living godly lives will suffer at the hands of those who hate him… In fact, evil men and false teachers will become worse and worse, deceiving many, they themselves having been deceived by Satan.
But you must keep on believing the things you have been taught. You know they are true for you know that you can trust those of us who have taught you.
You know how when you were a small child, you were taught the holy Scriptures; and it is those that make you wise to accept God’s salvation by trusting in .
The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from GOD and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, full equipped to do good to everyone.
And so I solemnly urge you before God and before Jesus Christ – who will some day judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his kingdom. – to preach the Word of God urgently at all times whenever you get the chance, in season and out , when it is convenient and when it is not. Correct and rebuke our people when they need it, encourage them to do right, and all the time be feeding them patiently with God’s Word.
No one can enter the Kingdom of God
without being born of water and the Spirit.
John 3:5, nlt
When you believe in Christ, Christ works a miracle in you. “When you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit” (Eph. 1:13, nlt). You are permanently purified and empowered by God himself. The message of Jesus to the religious person is simple: It’s not what you do. It’s what I do. I have moved in. And in time you can say with Paul, “I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me”(Gal. 2:20, nlt).
In His Service Always