The letter is a biblical text format, very present in the New Testament. This gives us wonderful writings that seem to be personalized and reach deep into the heart. Let’s go to 2 Timothy 3!
2 Timothy 3 of the Bible
The Second Epistle to Timothy is a marvel of the Holy Scriptures with which we should be very grateful to be able to read. Each chapter teaches you to love God with all your soul and the goodness of following His way.
With 2 Timothy 3 of the Bible, we would like to give you a good account of it and take this opportunity to introduce you to the biblical character of Timothy and his relationship with Paul of Tarsus and his missions throughout Europe and the Near East.
To get you started, here is the entire chapter 2 Timothy 3 in audio The text is easy to read, so that you can familiarize yourself with the text in a calm and pleasant way. Feel free to stop the video when you need to or go back to listen to it again! In addition, you can use this time to reflect and pray for your loved ones. Pray for your loved ones, As you will see, this letter to Timothy is very heartfelt and will undoubtedly move you.
2 Timothy 3 in English and large print
Now that you have listened to the chapter orally, if you want you can read it in full 2 Timothy 3 NKJV. The chapter taken from the King James Version of the Bible. Although the language is not the most current, it is a very faithful translation of the original!
Character of men in the last days
1 Know also this, that in the last days perilous times will come.
2 For there shall be men lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 without natural affection, implacable, slanderers, intemperate, cruel, haters of good,
4 traitors, impetuous, infatuated, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God,
5 who will have the appearance of piety, but will deny the efficacy of it; these he avoids.
6 For of these are they that creep into houses, and carry away captive little women laden with sins, carried away by divers lusts.
7 They are always learning, and can never arrive at the knowledge of the truth.
8 And as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the truth; men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
9 But they shall go no further; for their folly shall be manifest to all, as their folly was manifest to all.
10 But you have followed my doctrine, conduct, purpose, faith, long-suffering, love, patience,
11 persecutions, sufferings, such as came upon me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; persecutions which I endured, and the Lord delivered me out of them all.
12 And all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will also suffer persecution;
13 but evil men and deceivers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
14 But persevere thou in what thou hast learned and persuaded thyself, knowing from whom thou hast learned;
15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Explanation and meaning of Timothy
In the Bible, the names of the characters always have a meaning beyond designating the person who bears it.
Thus, its meaning is related to the role and life of its bearer and, as it cannot be otherwise, Timothy is no exception. In this case, Timothy is a name of Greek origin that means “he who has love for God“.
And this gives us an idea of the transcendence that his figure has in Christianity, because all Christians love God and we learn day by day from the sacred texts. Thus, it is interesting to read the letters to Timothy as if they were addressed to you.
Who was Timothy in the Bible
Although he is not well known, Timothy of Ephesus was the most valued disciple of Paul of Tarsus, or as he is known to Catholics, St. Paul.
He lived with him for most of his life, including all the persecutions and tortures he suffered, as well as his missions to evangelize and teach the Word of God to the early Christians. the first Christians of mankind.
It is mentioned 6 times in the New Testament book of the Acts of the Apostles which narrates the life of Jesus’ apostles after his death and the spread of Christianity throughout the Roman Empire.
However, where Timothy is mentioned most often is in the Pauline epistles with a total of 18 occasions, in addition to having two epistles addressed to him.
He is therefore a very important biblical, very important biblical character, although it is not always given the prominence it requires. In this article, we want to show you its transcendence so that you can identify with it.
Context of 2 Timothy 3
In order to analyse chapter 2 Timothy 3, first we believe it is necessary to situate this chapter in the Bible and in history, so that you can locate it better and understand more things about it. Understand more of the things of what is being talked about.
As far as the biblical context is concerned, you can find the Second Epistle of Paul to Timothy after the first one, right after the epistles to the Thessalonians; all within the block of Pauline epistles of the New Testament.
With these epistles, Paul taught the Word of God to the first Christians in different cities such as Rome or Corinth, among many others. However, there are also others dedicated to his disciples, such as Timothy or Titus.
The historical context of all these letters is set in the ancient era, in the mid to late first century A.D. at a time when Jesus was no longer alive in his human form and Christians were persecuted for their beliefs.
The Romans were largely the instigators of these persecutions, because with the rise of their empire, the rise of their empire Jerusalem itself, and they could not allow God’s power to eclipse their own.
So, these are the last episodes narrated in the Bible, all of them written by Jesus’ disciples. Written by the disciples of Jesus and that, after the death of all of them, the writings of the New Testament were concluded.
After this period of confusion and persecution, Christianity was accepted by the Romans and many of them converted to it. From that moment on, Christianity was the majority religion of the world and so on until the present day.
2 Timothy 3 Bible Study and Reflection
The Second Epistle to Timothy was written by a Paul who already knew he was very close to death. Close to his death, He knew that one day or another he would be executed.
This is why you can read the tone of advice with which Paul writes, as if it were a letter to a faithful friend whom he loves and with whom he has shared many experiences.
So, do not be afraid to put yourself in Timothy’s shoes and take this letter as if it were written to you. Written for you. As you can see, what it says has not changed much two thousand years later, and its teachings are valid today.
Now then, we are going to analyze more deeply the verses of the epistle, trying to get the most out of it so that you too can explain it and share it with whoever you want. Share it with whomever you want.
Evil, present and future (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
The card begins with a clear warning: in the future you will meet people who wish you ill or, who are simply selfish and act for their own good forgetting about others and causing a lot of harm with it.
Paul uses a series of adjectives to describe the wickedness of the world, because it can take many different forms and it is important to know how to identify them. And it is good to know how to identify them. It is also useful to be able to correct oneself when one loses one’s way.
But there is something much more dangerous in all of this: evil can come presented as goodness. There are people who only want evil and who appear to be pious only to deceive and make a profit.
So, with this notice Paul wants to help the reader, to help you so that you may be careful and always use the Word of God to distinguish good from evil.
When evil enters the house (2 Timothy 3:6-9)
These verses, which follow the previous warning, indicate just how dangerous evil is when it gets entered your home and manipulate the weakest who are only looking for a way to redeem themselves and be happy.
With this analogy about home, Paul is referring to you, to your own self. We Christians are aware of our sinful condition and in moments of weakness, anyone can be tempted to turn away from God.
Many false leaders will appear in your life, and it is important to remain faithful to God. Even these evil people may be shown to be almost on a par with prophets, as in the case of Janes and Jambres, who used dark magic to make people believe that God was working in them.
The study of the Holy Scriptures and loving God, as Paul will say next, is the only way to be saved. It is the only way to be saved from these deceptions and remain firm in the faith.
With patience, sooner or later the Lord will uncover those people who shield themselves in goodness, but really only aim at self-aggrandizement and enriching themselves at the expense of others.
Salvation in the Bible (2 Timothy 3:10-17)
At this point begins the third and final part of this chapter, in which Paul gives a solution to the problem of the solution to the problem of wickedness in the world and which is available to all.
It is impossible to eradicate evil, because it is inherent to the human being and no matter how hard we try to do good, there will always be those who inevitably and often unconsciously do the opposite.
Thus, if evil cannot be destroyed from our humble position, all that can be done is that evil does not corrupt us. And how is this achieved? With faith, study of the Holy Scriptures and love and prayer to God.
The Bible is a guide for our lives and a resource to always keep in mind, when things are going well and especially when things go wrong.
It is easy to turn away from the Lord when we believe that life is not smiling on us, but it is in those moments when true faith must act and always return to his side. Only in this way will He be able to give us your protection and a happy life.
Have you seen how beautiful this epistle is? Many Bible chapters can make you feel good like this, and at Your Online Bible we work to teach you all of them. So, if you want, you can continue reading more biblical commentaries!
We bid you farewell for today and wish that with faith you may be able to keep evil away from your life and continue to do good.
May the Lord be with you!