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Perilous Times and Perilous Men
1But know this, that #1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Pet. 3:3; 1 John 2:18; Jude 17, 18in the last days perilous times will come: 2For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4#2 Pet. 2:10traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5#Titus 1:16having a form of godliness but #1 Tim. 5:8denying its power. And #Matt. 23:3; 2 Thess. 3:6; 1 Tim. 6:5from such people turn away! 6For #Matt. 23:14; Titus 1:11of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7always learning and never able #1 Tim. 2:4to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8#Ex. 7:11, 12, 22; 8:7; 9:11Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: #1 Tim. 6:5men of corrupt minds, #Rom. 1:28disapproved concerning the faith; 9but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, #Ex. 7:11, 12; 8:18; 9:11as theirs also was.
The Man of God and the Word of God
10#Phil. 2:20, 22; 1 Tim. 4:6But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me #Acts 13:44–52at Antioch, #Acts 14:1–6, 19at Iconium, #Acts 14:8–20at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And #Ps. 34:19out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12Yes, and #(Ps. 34:19)all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13#2 Thess. 2:11But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14But you must #2 Tim. 1:13; Titus 1:9continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15and that from childhood you have known #Ps. 119:97–104; John 5:39the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16#(2 Pet. 1:20)All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, #Rom. 4:23; 15:4and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17#1 Tim. 6:11that the man of God may be complete, #2 Tim. 2:21; Heb. 13:21thoroughly equipped for every good work.