THE UNGODLY IDENTIFIED
W.A.R. Bible Study
Study Date: May 4, 2020
Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:8-12
The Big Picture: Christians must be prepared to encounter hypocritical behavior within the church and stand their ground.
Paul has made it clear in the previous verses that in the “last days” before Jesus returns there would be unbecoming behavior that would emerge in the church. In the previous verses Paul identified ungodly behavior in the world and church. There is no hint that the Christian should abandon the church because of hypocritical behavior. True Christians will endure hypocritical behaviors in a godly manner. False teachers will continuously dispute God’s Word, attack and accuse those who hold fast to it.
Paul reminds the church that these false prophets will not be successful in the end. He uses his own life’s persecutions to confirm his authenticity as a true teacher of God and concludes these verses with a promise that we don’t like to hear: “All that live godly in Christ shall suffer persecution.”
Vs. 8 – Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. According to Jewish tradition, these were the two magicians in Pharaoh’s court who attempted to duplicate Moses’ miracles (Exodus 7:11; 9:11). Paul named the two magicians who were nameless in the Exodus account. The legend of these men must have been passed on. The point is, false teachers will oppose the truth as these two magicians opposed Moses. False teachers will appear to be powerful but their minds are corrupted. Paul makes reference to false teachers who were perverting the Church with false doctrine and questioning the authority of Paul.
Vs. 9 – But they shall proceed no farther—Such teaching and teachers shall never be able ultimately to prevail against the truth. Their folly shall be manifest— False doctrine cannot prevail long where the sacred Scriptures are read and studied.
Vs. 10 – Thou hast fully known my doctrine— Paul’s teaching was known and those whom he taught were capable of judging between him and the false teachers. They could easily discern the difference between false and true doctrines. Vs. 11 – Persecutions—which came unto me at Antioch— Antioch is where the Jews stirred up the devout and honorable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts; but they shook of the dust of their feet against them, and came to Iconium.
Vs. 12 – All that will live godly in Christ shall suffer persecution — Christianity will stand in opposition to the world. Those who make a decision to live for God, study the scriptures and attend church will be reviled.
Group Discussion Questions
- During this time of COVID 19 and social distancing many people are bouncing from church to church, denomination to denomination, bible study to bible study. Is this spiritually healthy?
- As a member of Calvary Baptist Church (or your local church) church name 2 reasons why it is essential to know what your church believes and what is being taught by your pastor?
- How does the Holy Spirit help Christians discern when false doctrine is being taught?
- What are the dangers of not knowing the scriptures?
- How will the godly suffer in the last days?
- How will church people play a role in the persecution of the godly?
- How does Acts 17:10-11 encourage the church to study God’s Word?
Dr. Oscar T. Moses, Calvary Baptist Church
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