Welcome again and I am Dreamwalker1960
As we continue to look into 2 Timothy 3 verses 1-5. We look deeper into the different facets of the selfish heart.
Now why did I say heart? Even though Jesus was talking about eating at the time. His key point of what within us causes sin was the heart.
Matthew 15:19 – For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.
This is why it is important for us to have an active part in our relationship with God through Jesus Christ in our spiritual life.
Last week I keyed in on selfishness itself, and I have already explained in past lessons how we should deal with money in our lives. (“How should a wealthy Christian live?” Parts 1 and 2)
So we will continue further into verse 2 of the third chapter of 2 TImothy. As a reminder here is verse 2:
“For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.”
“They will be boastful and proud”
a. Boastful – G213 0 – alazon – braggart – boater [Strong’s]
a1) braggart – someone who proudly talks a lot about himself or herself and his or her achievements or possessions
b. Proud – G5244 – hyperephanos – appearing above others (conspicuous), i.e. (figuratively) haughty [Strong’s]
b1) haughty – unfriendly and seeming to consider yourself better than other people.
b2) conspicuous – very noticeable or attracting attention, often in a way that is not wanted
“Scoffing at God” – blasphemers – G989 – blaspjemos – scurrilous, i.e. calumnious (against man), or (specifically) impious (against God) [Strong’s]
a. Scurrilous – expressing unfair or false criticism that is likely to damage someone’s reputation:
b. Calumnious – false and damaging to someone’s reputation:
c. Impious – showing no respect, especially for God or religion
Now it is important to realize as I tried to make clear in the last podcast that selfishness has many faces, thus the title of these broadcasts. In the three items I just described we get a deeper look into these aspects of this sin which in my personal opinion is a core element that lead to sin. Due to our carnal nature we focus on our own wants and desires. As is shown with being boastful. The person repeats all their personal achievements for all to know that they are of import and have something to offer to the world.
I am also reminded of Adam and Eve. After eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge. They became aware of their own nakedness. They become ashamed as they noticed how they looked. See the focus there, it was upon themselves. Their own selfish desire not to be seen naked. Their own wants.
But to get back on track we turn to pride. As the word proud is defined in this verse it is someone that wishes to draw attention to themselves because they think they are greater and better than anyone else. In other words they see themselves as a type of god. We see these many times a day upon the news. Congress people and actors as a couple of examples. I could name names, but that is not within my job description.
Anyone who considers themselves greater than another human being. Is actually showing their ignorance of not only the Bible. But the laws within most of the civilized nations they live within. And sooner or later the bill will come due for their actions. This is something that we learn from the Bible, for it is where the golden rule came from. To do unto other as you would have done unto yourself. If you wish to be respected, you must give all others respect.
Proverbs 16:18 – Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.
Which brings us to the blasphemers. The three loving big words I gave the definitions for a bit ago. Words that say volumes and in a way tie in with being prideful. To go about saying that those that are Christian are racist. That their beliefs create division and destruction. The second oldest religion in the world. The first being Judaism, which is also smeared with the same derogatory descriptions and comments. If Christianity and Judaism are so evil how have they exited so long? Why have so many countries throughout history embraced this religion that follows the teachings of a carpenter? If Christianity is so evil then there should be no country that follows any part of it teachings within their laws, yet most laws that govern most nations have their foundation found within the Bible and the laws and teachings that are within it.
Yet still we have those that scoff at God. Because God does not like how they want to live their lives, because their lives go against the very laws that are within the Bible and make up the majority of laws they see they are forced to follow. Because how they live their lives is their right to live as they so deem to live it. Sounds very selfish doesn’t?
Disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful –
a. Disobedient – G545 – apeithes – unpersuadable, i.e. contumacious [Strong’s]
a1) contumacious – refusing to obey or respect the law in a way that shows contempt:
b. Ungrateful – unthankful – acharistos – thankless [Strong’s]
It is our parents that try to instill into us the need to obey. Usually they lay restrictions upon us for our protection as we grow toward adulthood. More and more we hear of parents that do not do this. Why? Because their parents surrendered their responsibilities to the state. Basically allowing the schools to be their true parent. As a result the children have no true respect for their natural parent. So they don’t listen to them and are disobedient. These children grow into adults that have no respect for anything. Especially the laws of the land, because all that is important to them is their own lusts and desires.
Many times the parents did the right thing or the best they could because of making a broken home due to their own issues. The children then grow into adulthood and blame the parents for all their problems. Most of which were not created by the parents, but the children themselves now adults and so blaming the parents falsely do not thank their parents for what they at least attempted to do.
Both descriptions I just gave you are the now typical examples of most households within the United States. These attitudes lead to the last description of verse 2.
They will consider nothing sacred – unholy – G462 – anosios – wicked [Strong’s]
a: wicked – morally wrong and bad:
What are morals?
1) Morals – standards for good or bad character and behavior:
Where did these “standards” come from in today’s society?
They came from the books of Exodus, Deuteronomy, and Leviticus. Then they were enhanced and modified by the teachings of Jesus Christ and His disciples. As Christianity spread throughout the world these standards went with it. We only have morality because of the Bible and the belief in a Creator of the universe who is our God.
We are in the last days. That is what the very first verse of 2 Timothy states we are to look for the signs that will show us that this is true. I have only just now finished breaking down the second verse of this chapter in which how people will behave in that end time act.
As I am showing at the core is selfishness. Which in turn causes people to look after their own wants and desires through the money they shall seek after for this is the focal point. They can only satisfy their own desires if they have the money to accomplish this lust.
They will sing praises of all their accomplishments to show to the world that they are great. At the same time hiding their true lusts which cause destruction to any that get in the way of their first desire, themselves. They will look upon everyone else as less than themselves. Seeing that they are the only ones that are right and all other views are evil and corrupt, for it does not fall in line with their lusts and desires. All the time demeaning anything to do with God and those that follow God as less than human. For they are the greatest beings upon this world for they are the true enlightenment. While at the same time parading children about as if they are adults ready to accept sexual encounters.
Does any of this sound familiar?
I have just described the last seven days since the last podcast. These are all events that transpired upon the Television and the Internet as well as Social Media. Does this not describe the last days?
For the return of the Lord Jesus Christ is near. More near than at any other time in history. For the entire world is included this time. Every nation throughout the globe is seeing these events transpire. At no other time in history as this ever happened upon a global scale. The United States was the last stronghold of God. It is under siege and it is falling. When it does woe unto the world. For that will most likely be the last straw that breaks that back of humanity.
But we are promised an escape from those horrific times. We must turn to the one who died in our names. Then on the third day rose from the tomb and walked amongst humanity for forty days. Preparing those of us that came after this great event for a way to escape the destruction that is described in the book of Revelation.
All we need do is accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and learn of the teachings within the Bible. Then to follow them and accept a moral life and to honor our fellow humans as our equals, be they sinner or saint.