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PERILOUS TIMES

July 18, 2015

Saturday

 

2 Timothy 3:13

 

But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

 

 

LESSON

 

Timothy needed to realize, as all Christians do, especially those to whom “prosperity theology” appeals, that when a person determines to “live” a “godly” life, he or she will suffer persecution. With his or her commitment to follow Christ faithfully, the Christian sets the course of his or her life directly opposite to the course of the world system. Confrontation and conflict become inevitable. The wickedness of “evil men,” particularly charlatans, will increase as time passes.

They will not only deceive others, but their sins and other deceivers will deceive them (“deceiving and being deceived”) increasingly, too. Such is the perversity of sin. Paul means that evil becomes more intensive as time goes on.

Paul is saying: “Look Timothy, things are getting worse—not better! So if I have suffered as I have, and if you really want to be faithful and dedicated to this ministry, then you may face even worse things than I did.” A true minister must be willing to make that sacrifice. This does not mean that, as we approach Christ’s return, human nature itself will get any worse than it already is, but that the expressions of its evil will intensify and increase. As the heart’s evil acts multiply, greater inducements and opportunities are provided for everyone to be involved in its sinful ways.

 

Memory Verse: 1 Timothy 4:1

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