Verse 1 – But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
Verse 2 – For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Verse 3 – unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,
Verse 4 – traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
Verse 5 – having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away.
The “last days” started after Christ’s resurrection when the Holy Spirit came upon believers at Pentecost and will continue till Christ’s second coming.
What Paul listed is a good description of the world we live in today. Greed is profound and there seems to be no shame. People are proud of their sin, lewd behavior right in your face. They put their debauchery in a parade and call it “Pride!”
Now for “having a form of godliness but denying its power: These are your “faker’s.” They go to church, know Christian doctrine, and they use Christian cliché’s, but they have never committed their lives to Christ. They continue in sin with their same attitude and behaviors. Those types of people, Paul said to turn away from.
Verse 6 – For of this sort are those who creeps into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins led away by various lusts,
Remember, Satan started his work of temptation with Eve, not Adam. That’s true for his adversaries also. Women can be flattered, easily turned by religious instructors. Actually any person that is not committed to the Lord can be led astray with promises and false doctrine.
Verse 7 – always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Have you ever sat with someone in Bible study that never seems to grasp the gospel? They never put what they’ve learned into practice.
Verse 8 – Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith;
Verse 9 – but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.
According to tradition, Jannes and Jambres were the two magicians who counterfeited Moses miracles before Pharaoh. Just as Moses exposed and defeated them, God would overthrow the false teachers in the Ephesian church.
Verse 10 – But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance,
Verse 11 – persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra – what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me.
Verse 12 – Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
As a true Christian, we will be made fun of; mocked; ridiculed, and sometimes hurt or killed, however, God is whom we need to please, not man.
Verse 13 – But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
Verse 14 – But as for you, continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of knowing from whom you have learned them,
Verse 15 – and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make wise for salvation through faith which is in Christi Jesus.
Verse 16 – All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
Verse 17 – that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
The Bible is not a collection of stories and fables. The Holy Spirit of God, revealed to certain believes, by inspiration what to write. Scripture is completely trustworthy because God was in total control of its writing. The Bible is “God-breathed.”