Difficult Times Ahead
1But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days. # Jn 6:39; Php 1:6; 1Pt 1:5; 2Pt 3:3; Jd 18 2For people will be lovers of self, # Php 2:21; 1Tm 6:4 lovers of money, # Lk 16:14; 1Tm 3:3; 6:10 boastful, proud, # Pr 16:18; Lk 1:51; Rm 1:30 blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, # 1Tm 1:9 3unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, # Jn 14:6 without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, # Ti 1:8 4traitors, # Lk 6:16; Ac 7:52 reckless, # Ac 19:36 conceited, # 1Tm 3:6; 6:4 lovers of pleasure # Php 3:19 rather than lovers of God, 5holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. # 1Co 4:20; 2Co 13:4; Ti 1:16 Avoid these people! # Mt 7:15; 2Th 3:6
6For among them are those who worm their way into households and capture idle women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions, # 2Pt 1:4; 2:10 7always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. # 2Co 11:10; 1Tm 2:4; 2Tm 2:25; Ti 1:1 8Just as Jannes and Jambres # Ex 7:11-12; 8:18; 9:11 resisted Moses, # Ps 77:20; Mt 8:4; Heb 3:2 so these also resist the truth, men who are corrupt in mind, # 1Co 14:14; Php 4:7 worthless # 2Co 13:5-7 in regard to the faith. 9But they will not make further progress, for their lack of understanding will be clear to all, as theirs # = Jannes and Jambres was also.
Struggles in the Christian Life
10But you have followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, # Pr 19:21; Ac 11:23 faith, patience, love, # 1Co 13:1; 1Jn 4:16 and endurance, 11along with the persecutions and sufferings # Gl 5:24; Php 3:10 that came to me in Antioch, # Ac 13:14; 14:19,21 Iconium, # Ac 13:51; 16:2 and Lystra. # Ac 14:6,8; 27:5 What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from them all. 12In fact, all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. # Jn 15:20; Ac 14:22; 2Co 4:9-10 13Evil people and impostors will become worse, deceiving # Rv 20:10 and being deceived. 14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, # 2Tm 1:13 15and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, # Mt 26:54; 2Pt 1:20-21 which are able to give you wisdom for salvation # Ac 4:12; 2Co 7:10; Heb 5:9 through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is inspired by God # Lit breathed out by God ; the Scripture is the product of God’s Spirit working through men; 2Pt 1:20-21. # 2Pt 1:20-21 and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. # 2Co 9:8; Gl 3:10; 1Tm 5:10; 2Tm 2:21