SGA II Timothy Lesson 8

Lesson 8
II Timothy 3:1-5

Henry Mahan

(Vs. 1) When the apostle speaks of "the last days," he means the days following the coming of Christ. We have the days from Adam to Moses, from Moses (under the law) to Christ, and from Christ's coming to the end of the world, called "the last days." Some mistakenly believed that these days would be a time of peace, holiness, and obedience to God and His Word, especially in the churches and among those who claimed to know Christ. But Paul warns Timothy and all true believers to expect perilous, hard, and difficult times, not by reason of outward calamities, scarcity of food, and dangers from the sword, but by reason of the WICKEDNESS OF MEN WHO PROFESS RELIGION! The pastors and people of God will have to contend with legalists, false teachers, hucksters, and evil and profane men and women in the churches. This situation already prevailed during the days of the apostles and has continued, growing worse, to this day (II Tim. 1:15; 4:10-11, 14-16).

(Vs. 2-4) He gives a description of the hypocrites, formal professors, and false preachers that would arise during these last days.

(Vs. 5) They have an external show of religion, pretending great holiness, zeal, and concern for the salvation of men and the kingdom of God, vet in reality they deny the very heart of true faith – THE POWER OF IT! They profess the SCRIPTURES to be the Word of God but deny the power of the Word to quicken, to beget life, and to give faith. They profess to believe CHRIST but deny the power and efficacy of His righteousness, His sacrifice, and His intercession. They talk of the HOLY SPIRIT but deny His power to regenerate, to sanctify, to convice of sin, and to teach. They profess to believe the GOSPEL but deny the power of the gospel to save, to justify, to make men new creatures in Christ, and to fully satisfy every need through and by Christ.

Henry Mahan
Ashland, Ky.