A FORM OF GODLINESS
II Timothy 3:l-9
INTRODUCTION: Paul reminded Timothy that things are going to
become worse at the end of the age. These are the last days of
the church age. Here we see worsening conditions before Jesus
comes. The word "last" is Eschatos. It speaks of the "times"
as it all draws to a close. Paul says the times shall be
perilous. This means dangerous, terrible, hard to deal with,
savage. Same Greek word that is used to describe the two
violent demonics of Matt. 8:28. This suggests that the violence
of the last times will be energized by demons; I Tim. 4:l note.
These are hard to bear times, grievous, painful.
I. THE DEFINITION. v.2-5
A. MISPLACED AFFECTION. 2-4
In this universe there is "God", and there are
and things. We should worship God, love people, and
use things. But, if we start worshipping ourselves,
will ignore God and start loving things and using
people. This is the formula for a miserable life;
l. Internal Affect. 2a
"Lovers of their own selves" - conceited; God
commands us to love Him supremely, and our
neighbors as ourselves (Matt. 2:34-40); but if
we love ourselves supremely, we will not love
God or our neighbors.
"covetous" - lovers of money; I Tim. 6:l0;
materialism will be a characteristic of
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