As I was writing the blog for last night, I was thinking of the broader context of Paul’s instruction to Timothy. It is Paul’s last letter where he is specific about the dangers of the last days in which Timothy lived, and frankly, those days are right with us now.
2 Timothy 3 and 4 list these dangers, particularly 3:1-9 and 4:3-4. In fact, Paul predicts that “evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (3:13). The strength of deception will increase such that many who are not rooted in the Word of God will be led astray by false teacher. One of the crafty methods used is mixing enough truth with error so those who are spiritual children (immature) are “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Ephesians 4:14).
Peter agrees with Paul; “just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures” (2 Peter 3:15–16).
What is the remedy? Paul follows his warnings with asserting the absolute authority of Scripture. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16–17). These are good words to keep us safe in the last days.
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