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Useful to the Master - Part 4

V.12 (cont'd.)

** How do you suppose the world around us feels about our desire to be like the Holy One who called us?

They hate it, us and the Lord! (cf. John 15:18, Luke 21:16-17) It is no wonder that we will suffer the persecution of this world!

V.13 ** As difficult as it is in today's world, to live godly in Christ Jesus, how will the false teachers and their followers change as time goes on?

They are going to "proceed from bad to worse"..!
The heat in the proverbial kitchen is only going to get hotter!

** What is the net effect produced by their decline?

Others are deceived regarding the truth.

** Is that all?

No, the false teachers are being self-deceived by their own sin. cf. Titus 3:3

V.14 ** How was Timothy to be different?

You [Timothy] "continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of..."

** We have just seen the second component of Worshipful Conduct, did you catch it?

2) Continue in the Truth, cf. 2Timothy 1:13-14

** Paul and Timothy both knew who he had learned the Truth from, who was it?

His grandmother (Lois) and mother (Eunice) taught him while he was a child (2Timothy1:5) and Paul taught him as a young man (2Timothy 2:2).

V.15 ** How long had Timothy been intimately familiar with the Word of God?

"...from childhood..." Here is the validation for training up children with God's word.
cf. Proverbs 22:6

** What are the "sacred writings" able to do for you?

"...give you wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus..."
cf. Romans 10:17

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