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Useful to the Master - Part 3

WIDESPREAD CHALLENGES           Page 3
V. 2 - 4 (cont'd.)

That is why he wrote these same Philippians back in verse 4 to not merely look out for their own interest, but also for the interest of others.

That is why he defined love as something that "does not seek its own". (1Corinthians 13:4-7)

** Now back in 2Timothy 3:2-4, there is a list of 17 sinful traits, which are produced by loving yourself.

Let's quickly go through that list:
1) lovers of money - Luke 16:14-15
2) boastful - Romans 1:28-32 (external)
3) arrogant - James 3:14 (internal)
4) revilers - 1Corinthians 6:9-10 (speak against)
5) disobedient to parents - Ephesians 6:1
6) ungrateful - Romans 1:21
7) unholy - Romans 1:26-27 (gross indecency)
8) unloving - John 13:34-35
9) irreconcilable - Romans 12:18
10) malicious gossips - 1Timothy 3:11(diabolos-accuser)
11) without self-control - Matthew 23:25(shameless)
12) brutal - Ezekiel 21:31 (skilled in destruction)
13) haters of good - Isaiah 5:20
14) treacherous - Matthew 10:21
15) reckless - Proverbs 7:6-7, 22-23
16) conceited - Romans 12:3
17) lovers of pleasure... - Philippians 3:17-19

V. 5 ** What an amazing list! It is no wonder that difficult times will come, presenting "Widespread Challenges", when men (representing society) continually turn from bad to worse. But what about their behavior is even more amazing than that list?

All the time that they are doing those terrible things, these guys are going to church!

"...holding to a form of godliness..."

** What do their hypocritical actions deny?

The "power" of God! cf. Romans 1:16 The gospel of Jesus Christ saved us unto holiness and the false teachers deny that power by their sin and then proclaim doctrines of demons for their own personal gain.

** What was Timothy to do with these men?

"...avoid such men as these." Like the sin of the dishonorable vessels in the church, we are also to cleanse ourselves from the influence of these men.

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