to the Master - Part 3
WIDESPREAD CHALLENGES Page
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
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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