Difficult Times Ahead
1But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days. #Jn 6:39Php 1:61Pt 1:52Pt 3:3Jd 18 2For people will be lovers of self, #Php 2:211Tm 6:4 lovers of money, #Lk 16:141Tm 3:3|NoBook| 6:10 boastful, proud, #Pr 16:18Lk 1:51Rm 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 6:16Ac 7:52 reckless, #Ac 19:36 conceited, #1Tm 3:6|NoBook| 6:4 lovers of pleasure #Php 3:19 rather than lovers of God, 5holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. #1Co 4:202Co 13:4Ti 1:16 Avoid these people! #Mt 7:152Th 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|NoBook| 2:10 7always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. #2Co 11:101Tm 2:42Tm 2:25Ti 1:1 8Just as Jannes and Jambres #Ex 7:11-12|NoBook| 8:18|NoBook| 9:11 resisted Moses, #Ps 77:20Mt 8:4Heb 3:2 so these also resist the truth, men who are corrupt in mind, #1Co 14:14Php 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 19:21Ac 11:23 faith, patience, love, #1Co 13:11Jn 4:16 and endurance, 11along with the persecutions and sufferings #Gl 5:24Php 3:10 that came to me in Antioch, #Ac 13:14|NoBook| 14:19 Iconium, #Ac 13:51|NoBook| 16:2 and Lystra. #Ac 14:6|NoBook| 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 15:20Ac 14:222Co 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 26:542Pt 1:20-21 which are able to give you wisdom for salvation #Ac 4:122Co 7:10Heb 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 9:8Gl 3:101Tm 5:102Tm 2:21