by Rex Yancey

A Glorious Word form the Lord
Rex Yancey
2 Timothy 3:14

Paul is concluding the last book he will ever write. We put a lot of stock in a person's last words, and rightfully so. Paul is encouraging his young preacher friend to stand firm on the Word of God. He knows that his departure is imminent. Therefore, he wants his young friend to carry on with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Bible is a precious book. It is without equal. It is the book of all books. The Library of Congress contains many books but none of them compare with the Bible. The Bible provides wisdom, insight, and a Word from God.

Paul says that ''All Scripture is God-breathed!'' The imagery comes from the book of Genesis. God took clay and shaped man in his own image. ''God breathed into his nostrils the breath of lives and man became a living 'nephish', soul. All Scripture has that breath of God. It is a glorious Word from the Lord.

Paul is telling Timothy that perilous times will exist between Christ's first coming and his Second Coming. The last days will be characterized by misdirected love.

''People will be lovers of their own selves.'' There is a difference between healthy self love and destructive self love. Self love must be tied with love of neighbor. It must never be an end in itself. ''You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with your entire mind, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.'' Our capacity to love God can turn inward upon ourselves and outward to money and pleasure.

''People will be lovers of money.'' Jesus said more about wealth and possessions than any other subject. Riches distort and disintegrate our lives and relationships. If wealth produced what the ads promised preachers and psychotherapists would become low handicap golfers! Wealth in itself cannot produce joy and meaning in life, but preoccupation with wealth can destroy one's life. A healthy love of money ties money to God and others.

''People will be ...

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