Today you should read: 2 Timothy 3:1-9
If you are as sensitive to your own sinfulness as I am, then reading the list given in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 can really hurt. Even though it doesn’t — or shouldn’t — describe Christians, I see so much of the “old life” (2 Corinthians 5:17) in it. And until Jesus comes back or I die, I have to deal with parts of that old life. I am eternally grateful, though, that God gives us His perfect Spirit to help us in this fight. There are two lists given in Galatians 5; one describes the “old life”, and the other displays the “new life” that is fighting to overcome the “old life”.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:16-26, ESV)
The context of our passage today is concerning those who call themselves Christ-followers in the last days yet deny Jesus by their choices and lifestyles. Among them, we find false teachers and cult leaders. Such evil people will drag many into ungodly devotion to falsehood and false gods. We must be on guard today, even though this may describe something that is even more prevalent in the future. We must “keep in step with the Spirit” in such a way that we fend off evil teachers, and Satan himself (Ephesians 6)!
If you have questions about Jannes and Jambres, here is a quick ESV Study Bible note that may clear it up for you:
Jannes and Jambres are the names given in early extrabiblical Jewish writings to the Egyptian magicians who opposed Moses inEx. 7:8–13. In these writings, these men became key symbols of opposition to God’s truth. Though their names do not appear in the OT itself, they would be familiar to Timothy and other Jews; identifying the opponents with these archetypal enemies of God’s truth would have significant rhetorical power.corrupted in mind. Again false teaching is cast in terms of deficient thinking (see note on 2 Tim. 2:26). This is why divine aid is necessary for coming to the “knowledge of the truth” (2:7, 25–26). disqualified regarding the faith. In spite of their claims, these people do not have saving faith, since they oppose the gospel both in their teaching and in their living (see Titus 1:16).
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What were your thoughts on today’s passage? What did you learn? Blessings on your day!
Posted by:Todd Thomas