(From: 2 TIMOTHY #3 - 3:1-4:8)
3. 3:1-17 THE WORD IN HANDLING EVIL TEACHERS
a. 3:1 But know this, that in thelast days grievous seasons shall come.
TOUto de GIno-ske, HOti en esCHAtais heMErais enSTEson-tai kaiROI cha-lePOI .
b. 3:2-5 TURN AWAY FROM THE FOLLOWING:
Eson-tai gar hoi ANthro-poi PHIlau-toi , phiLARgu-roi , a-laZOnes , hu-peREpha-noi ,
For :men shall be self-lovers, money-lovers, boastful, haughty,
railers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Astor-goi , Aspon-doi , diAbo-loi , a-kraTEIS , aNEme-roi , a-phiLAgo-thoi ,
3without natural affection, implacable, slandereres,without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good,
proDOtai , pro-peTEIS , te-tu-phoMEnoi , phiLEdo-noi MALlon ephiLOthe-oi ;
4traitors, headstrong, puffed up, pleasure-lovers rather than God-lovers;
Echon-tes MORpho-sin eu-seBEIas, ten de DUna-min auTES er-neMEnoi : kai TOUtous a-poTREpou.
5having a form of godliness, but havingdenied its power: from these also turn away.
c. 3:6-7 SEDUCERS
ek TOUton GAR ei-sin hoi enDUnon-tes eis tas oiKIas,
For of these are they that creep into :houses,
kai aich-ma-loTIzon-tes gu-naiKAri-a se-so-reuMEna ha-marTIais, aGOme-na e-pi-thuMIais poiKIlais,
and capture small women laden with sins, led by diverse lusts,
PANto-te manTHAnon-ta , kai meDEpo-te eis ePIGno-sin a-leTHEIas elTHEIN duNAme-na.
7ever learning, and never able to come to a knowledge of truth.
d. 3:8 RESISTING THE TRUTH
hon TROpon de IanNES kai IamBRES anTEste-san Mo-uSEI,
And in the same manner as Jannesand Jambres withstood Moses,
HOUtos kai HOUtoi anTHIstan-tai  te a-leTHEIa;
so these also withstand the truth;
ANthro-poi ka-teph-tharMEnoi  ton noun, aDOki-moi  peRI ten PIstin.
men corrupted in :mind, disapproved concerning the faith.
e. 3:9 THE END TO FOLLY
all' ou proKOpsou-sin  ePI PLEIon:
But they shall proceed no further:
he gar Anoi-a  auTON EKde-los  EStai PAsin, hos kai he eKEInon eGEne-to.
for their :folly shall be evident unto all, as :theirs also came to be.
f. 3:10-11 PAUL'S MANNER OF LIFE IN CONTRAST
su de pa-re-koLOUtheSAS  mou te di-da-skaLIa , te a-goGE ,
But you did follow my :teaching, :conduct,
te proTHEsei , te PIstei, te ma-kro-thuMIa , te aGApe, te hu-po-moNE ,
:purpose, :faith, :longsuffering, :love, :patience,
tois di-ogMOIS , tois paTHEma-sin ;
HOI-A moi eGEne-to en An-ti-oCHEIa, en I-koNIo, en LUStrois;
such as befell me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra;
HOIous di-ogMOUS  huPEneg-ka : kai ek PANton me eRUsa-to  ho KUri-os.
such persecutions as I endured: and out of all the Lord delivered me.
g. 3:12 Yes, and all that would live godly in Christ Jesus shall be persecuted.
kai, PANtes de hoi THElon-tes zen eu-seBOS  en ChrisTO IeSOU di-ochTHEson-tai .
h. 3:13 EVIL MEN AND IMPOSTERS
po-neROI de ANthro-poi kai GOe-tes  proKOpsou-sin  ePI to CHEIron ,
But evil men and impostors shall wax :worse,
plaNONtes [4105 kai plaNOme-noi.
deceiving and being deceived.
i. 3:14-15 SACRED SCRIPTURES
su de, MEne  en hois Ema-thes  kai e-piSTOthes ,
But you, abide in what thingsyou have learned and have been assured of,
eiDOS  paRA TInon Ema-thes;
knowing of what persons you have learned;
kai HOti aPO BREphous  hi-eRA  GRAMma-ta  OIdas
15and that from a babe you have known thesacred writings
ta duNAmeNA se soPHIsai  eis so-teRIan  diA PIste-os tes en ChrisTO IeSOU.
which can make you wise unto salvation through faith which isin Christ Jesus.
j. 3:16-17 INSPIRATION
PAsa graPHE  TheOpneu-stos ,
Every scripture isGod breathed,
kai oPHEli-mos  pros di-da-skaLIan , pros e-legMON , pros e-paNORtho-sin ,
and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction,
pros paiDEIan  ten en di-kai-oSUne :
for discipline which is :in righteousness:
HIna ARti-os  e ho tou TheOU ANthro-pos, pros pan ERgon a-gaTHON e-xer-tisMEnos .
17that the man of :God be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.
4. 4:1-5 THE WORD AS A PLUMBLINE
a. 4:1-2 CHARGE
Di-a-marTUro-mai  eNOpi-on tou TheOU kai ChrisTOU IeSOU,
I charge before God and Christ Jesus,
tou MELlon-tos KRInein  ZONtas  kai neKROUS ,
who shall judge theliving and dead,
kai ten e-piPHAnei-an  auTOU kai ten ba-siLEIan  auTOU:
and by his :appearing and his :kingdom:
KEru-xon  ton LOgon; ePIste-thi  euKAIros , aKAIros ;
2preach the word: be urgent in season, out of season;
Eleg-xon , e-tiTIme-son , pa-raKAle-son , en PAse ma-kro-thuMIa  kai di-daCHE .
reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
b. 4:3-4 SOUND DOCTRINE
EStai gar kaiROS HOte tes hu-gi-aiNOUses  di-da-skaLIas  ouk aNExon-tai ;
for a season will be when they will not endure the sound teaching;
alLA, kaTA tas iDIas e-pi-thuMIas  he-auTOIS,
but, having itching :ears,
e-pi-soREUsou-sin  di-daSKAlous , kneTHOme-noi  ten a-koEN ;
will heap to themselves teachers after theirown lusts;
kai aPO men tes a-leTHEIas ten a-koEN a-poSTREpsou-sin , ePI de tous MUthous  ek-traPEson-tai.
4and will turn away theirears from the truth,and turn aside unto the fables.
c. 4:5 WATCHFULNESS
su de NEphe  en PAsin, ka-koPAthe-son ,
But you be sober in all things, suffer hardship,
ERgon POIe-son eu-ag-ge-liSTOU , ten di-a-koNIan  sou ple-roPHOre-son .
do an evangelist's work, fulfil your :ministry.
5. 4:6-8 THE REWARD FOR FAITHFULNESS
a. 4:6 For I am already being offered, and the season of my :departure is come.
E-GO gar Ede SPENdo-mai , kai ho kaiROS tes eMES a-naLUse-os  ePHESte-ken .
b. 4:7-8 THE REWARD OF FAITHFULNESS
ton kaLON aGOna  eGOnis-mai , ton DROmon  teTEle-ka , ten PIstin teTEre-ka :
The good fight I have fought, the course I have finished, the faith I have kept:
loiPON, aPOkeiTAI  moi ho tes di-kai-oSUnes STEpha-nos ,
8For therest, the crown of :righteousness is laid up for me,
hon a-poDOsei  moi ho KUri-os en eKEIne te heMEra, ho DIkai-os kriTES ;
which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give to me at that :day;
ou MOnon de eMOI, alLA kai PAsin tois e-ga-peKOsi  ten e-piPHAnei-an  auTOU.
and not to me only, but also to all that have loved his :appearing.
NOTE: 3: 3:1-17 - This is the third paragraph in Paul's reasoning with Timothy, in grooming him as a successor. Do you think a young successor to one like the apostle Paul is likely to run into evil teachers? If it was a serious problem 2000 years ago, is is much moreserious today! Just look at Paul's terrible list of evil teachers in 3:2-5! And to Timothy he says, “From such turn away!” Amen! Don'tdialogue with them! He continues on up to 3:9 unmasking these hypocrites. Notice the word he uses about them in 3:8 - “aDOki-moi” - disapproved! This is a most serious word, and gives little hope to those in this category. Next Paul contrasts his examplebefore Timothy with those above. And - he outlines the persecutions and suffering he endured for walking in the Spirit of Jesus Christ. He also concludes that all who live godly in Christ Jesus shallbe persecuted! One young man told me in 1951 in Western Canada: “I worked all summer in the woods, and experienced nopersecution.” “What did they say when they found you were a Christian?” I asked. “O - I never told them,” he replied! Is your“take” on this the same as mine was?
3:16-17 is one of the very important verses of Scripture. “Everyscripture isGod breathed!”The Greek syntax here is very clear. However, a number of translators have been most deceptiveat this point. Going against all they have done correctly with this construction wherever else it has appeared, they dishonestlytranslateit here- “Every scripture that is God breathed is profitable” - making out, that not allscripture isGod-breathed. Thisis dishonesty in the ultimate. Check the various translations. You will know which ones you can trust by the way the translators have handled these 2 verses.
4:4-1-5 - God's word is a truePlumbline, whether it is received as such or not. One day all the evil and false teachers will appear before Christ at his BEma - “His Judgment Seat”, upon His return. I would notwant to stand in the shoes of those who have so callously mishandled the translation of 3 :16-17. But we are to do what Timothy did, and be faithful in presenting the true message of what God says in His Word, whether it is received or not. Oswald Chambers had great faith that when we clearly and simply present the Cross in the “Finished Work” of Christ, it will with most, havean effect. And God in Ezekiel says, “Whether they hear - or whether they reject - you mustset forth My Word, that when the day comes that they stand before My Judgment Seat - they will be without excuse!
5. 4:4-8 - Now we see clearlythat Paul is indeedPassing the Torch! It is a marvelous testimony of the faithfulness of this servant of Christ to the Assignment he received on the road to Damascus. His reward is sure! But we alsomay enter into his reward as we emulate hisfaithfulness. - J.A.W.