>> Saturday, May 16, 2009
But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:10-17 KJV)
Paul says, you have known my doctrine, the way I live, my purpose, my faith, I am longsuffering, I love others, I am patient. He has been persecuted and afflicted, even to the depths of how severe his torture was, God delivered him. The verses before these went over the warning of the apostasy and how bad things will get, he tells us that evil men will be worse deceiving and they themselves will be more deceived. He says do not get caught up in all of this;
Continue in the things which you have learned from him in the holy scriptures which is able to make you wise.
ALL scripture, not some, not a little, but ALL scripture is given by God and is profitable for knowing your doctrine, WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE? Make sure you believe the truth of God's Word and not man's twisted conception of it. Even in the simplest quotes like God helps those that help themselves. This is not biblical nor is it true. God clearly shows throughout His Word He helps those who are helpless. The scriptures explain how to reproof someone biblical, it is our guideline and helps correct us when we are wrong and for the greatest purpose of all it is our instruction for righteousness through faith in Christ Jesus!
If we do not believe the Word is used for the purposes it states we are in great danger. Being obedient to God's view on life and not the worlds is a big switch from what we are surrounded with through lies and deception.
He tells us all this for this exhortation! That the man of God my be perfect, thoroughly furnished or finished perfectly unto all good works. When we are surrendered and obedient filled with the Holy Spirit, we are just empty vessels for the Spirit to do His perfect good works through us. However if we resist Him, we can still do "good" works but it is no longer His work, it is ours which will burn no matter how good it is. God shares His glory with no one, the good works of the Holy Spirit through us is most definitely different than the good works we run around crazy trying to do for ourselves.
This know also, in the last days.... we are in the last days. Those who live godly IN Jesus, yielded to the Holy Spirit shall suffer persecution... regardless..... continue in what you learned and is taught by Paul through the scriptures and do not let anyone tell you different.... ALL scripture is given for.... ALL of it, now, ALL of it. It wasn't even finished in the church age, it is completed and given ALL of it for us today. For the purpose that we be made perfect unto His good works.
Lord, help us all to trust in your Word completely, not adding our opinions, nor taking away what we feel uncomfortable with. May we allow the Holy Spirit to be our teacher in all things and obey Him instantly for your glory. Help us Father, keep us from the enemies lies, the deception of evil men and the falling away of those who claim Jesus. Strengthen your Body with pouring out of the Holy Spirit to endure those things which are to come. Prepare us for the spiritual battle that is to come. May we all in Christ Jesus be girded up in the Word, knowing the truth and allowing that truth to set us free! In the Matchless Name of Jesus, Amen!
PS: An encouragement let us not not get caught up in those who do wrong and are deceived, let us just continue in what God has called us to do, be obedient, faithful, study your Word and love others. This is what Paul is saying, stay focused on what God puts before you and do not get taken down by the deception and lies of men.