2 Timothy 3
Pressure and stress are a part of our every day lives. This passage is about a pastor who is under stress. This is one of the toughest times Timothy has experienced. Paul lists the characteristics of the people who are in the church. They are not characteristics we would covet. Yet they were active in the church. Verse 5 tells us they will act religious.
If we cease to call sin, sin that will often lead to messed up and broken lives. It may take time but it will happen. Standing by what the Bible teaches may not be the popular thing to do but it is the right thing to do. We must hold unto the truth.
1/ When opposition comes don't be surprised.
Paul uses himself as an example. He is not being boastful. He points to his faith, patience, love and endurance. Life wasn't easy for Paul. He was persecuted but his faith patience and love were tested. He was able to endure. Teaching the truth got Paul into trouble. He encountered opposition from respectable Jews. They stoned him and left him for dead. Preaching the gospel can get you in trouble.
Yet he says the Lord rescued him. Paul told Timothy if he is going to be faithful to God and His word he will too face opposition. We shouldn't be surprised when we too face opposition for our beliefs. Verse 13 tells us evil people will go from bad to worse so things will not get any better for the Christian. Some of these people may even be in our church. Eventually they will be found out. Maybe not in this life but in eternity.
But what do we do now.
2/ Keep trusting the Bible.
Stick to what we have been taught. Stick to the Bible.
Timothy had been taught the scriptures from childhood. Of course Timothy didn't have the new testament written down for him but he did have Paul's teachings as well as the old testament. The OT pointed to Jesus. Throughout it we are being pointed forward. It also told how sin needed to be atoned for by death. Timothy needed to see that now Jesus was the perfect sacrifice. The OT is still relevant today. It still shows us our sin but we now also have the NT. we have the advantage of being able to look back, not just looking forward to Jesus death on the cross.
Because the bible contains the word of God there is nothing else he needs.
Verse 16 reminds us what the Bible is for. What it is useful for. Teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
God uses it to train us in the way we should go. In how we should live our lives.
The Bible is all we need. when we feel the pressure of opposition or just the pressure of life we need to turn to God's word to find all the answers. Do we really believe that? Do we want to submit our lives to what the Bible says. God's word is life giving and life changing!
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