October 6/2 Timothy 3

Verse 1 > Paul is telling Timothy that life in this world is not going to get any better. The wages of sin is always death and I believe each society in history dies a little more spiritual with each passing year. What makes it easier to bear is like Paul we must believe that Jesus is coming back soon. Believing he could show up today or tomorrow helps us not to get discouraged so easily, not to indulge in sin so readily, and causes us to be more zealous to tell others about Jesus.

1 John 3:2–3 (NLT) — 2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. 3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.

Verses 2-7 > Paul lists all the things that self-centered people get involved. We don’t need more education we need less self-centeredness. We don’t need more counseling we need less self-centeredness. We don’t need better leaders we need less self-centeredness. We don’t need better jobs we need less self-centeredness. I get that from Jesus.

Matthew 16:24–27 (NLT) — 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds.

Verses 8-9 > Jannes and Jambres were the magicians who duplicated some of Moses’ miracles in Egypt like making more snakes, more blood and more frogs. How stupid was that? All they did was make things worse! If you follow any teaching other than the word of God things can only get worse. Our world is living proof of that. The good news is that no matter how dark life gets we Christians have and opportunity to shine really bright!

Verses 10-14 > Like Paul the best thing we can do is leave a godly heritage to our children and grandchildren; something they can hang their lives on. Something they can trust because they trust us. They trust us because they know our faith, love, patience and endurance. They know the purpose of our lives to follow Jesus. This is what we want to leave behind.

Psalm 78:7 (NLT) — 7 So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.

Verse 15 > Teach your children the scriptures so that they will know how to receive Jesus and so they can tell someone else how to receive Jesus.

Verses 16-17 > Paul teaches us in 2 Timothy that the Word of God does six things for us:

    1.The Word of God Saves Us (v. 15): “make you wise for salvation.”
2.The Word of God Teaches Us (v. 16): “teaching.”
3.The Word of God Confronts Us (v. 16): “realize what is wrong.”
4.The Word of God Corrects Us (v. 16): “correcting.”
5.The Word of God Guides Us (v. 16): “teaches us to do right.”
6.The Word of God Equips Us (v. 17): “prepares and equips us to do good.”
Robert Louis Stevenson said, “Saints are sinners who keep on going.”
Every good work takes perseverance. Life is hard, but we’ve got to trust the Lord and keep going. We can’t give up. Temptations come, but we’ve got to keep resisting. Disappointments come, but we’ve got to keep believing. Failures appear, but we’ve got to keep trying. Hardships come, but we’ve got to keep moving forward.
Be Inspired Hilltop!



  1. Mark Gundersen says

    In this chapter Paul compares the attitudes of the world to the attitudes of God. The ways of the world is selfish while the ways of God are selfless. Then he reminds us that the word of God’s purpose is to lead us in His ways.