People have been sold a myth to discredit fact. We discuss the truth in this podcast
Welcome to another podcast as we try to come to an understanding of what is within the Bible. Once again this is Dreamwalker1960
A myth occurs 150 years after an event was fact. That is what scholars say. A prime example has been seen in this realm very recently. There are those that say Abraham Lincoln was a racist. There are those that say he was a member of the Democrat Party. Both of these things are a myth. He was a member of the Republican Party and it was due to his efforts that slavery was ended. You cannot be a racist if you wish to have all people treated the same thus his desire to end slavery. As a result a Democrat named John Wilkes Booth shot him in the back of the head at close range.
Now why bring up this point about myths?
What causes them?
First and foremost. Those that were alive when the events occurred or when the person lived to counter the “myth,” are no longer around to dispute the fantasy made within it.
Again, why bring this up?
The first solid evidence of the letters that would become the New Testament date to around eighteen years after the crucifixion of Jesus upon the cross. Many people were still alive to verify or deny what is written within the first five gospels of the New Testament due to this fact.
None came forward to deny what is within them.
Archeologist have found and verified several of the locations mentioned in these books.
Historian have found written documentation of the existence of Jesus called Christ outside of the Bible. An example of this is the historian Josephus.
This adds up to saying that Jesus is not a myth, nor is what He did a myth. He did rise from the dead and was seen by many for up to forty days after His resurrection. The day of His resurrection He walked with two of His followers who didn’t even realize it was Him due to God’s design. (Mark 16:12; Luke 24:13-31)
Here is the challenge to us that live in this time of turmoil. A time that shows the fulfillment of prophecy given by Jesus as well as His disciples. We see about us that the behavior of people as described in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 are all about us. We see many about us saying that come in the name of Christ, but instead of teaching the Bible they tell you to seek after riches here in this life we now live. Which is opposite the teachings of Christ Himself who said to place our treasures in the realm that is beyond this life we now live. (Matthew 6:19-21)
It is in these times that Christ said he would spew from Him those that lived in both the world and in the church, known as the lukewarm.
So since Jesus Christ is not a myth, even though unseen at this time. Does this mean we can live our lives separate from what the Bible teaches? The answer is no.
We must turn away from the world and all that it offers and to seek after God through Hs Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible teaches us how to live our lives. It tells us what is a sin and to leave all sin behind us.
If you cannot turn from what is called a sin yet parade about as if you are of the Bride. Than you are counted amongst the “lukewarm.”
Since we have an active role in where we stand or don’t with God. It is our duty if we truly profess to be Christian to end all sin in our lives. Sins that will in many cases cause us personal anguish. We will have to endure emotional pain, and we will cry. However we must endure this pain if we are to see the promised reward of enteral life.
A few years ago someone whom I call a friend, tried to tell me that the world is not black and white, but it is grey. Now you have to understand why I mention this. This person was the pastor of the church I was attending. To have the spiritual leader of a church say the world is grey is truly sad. It is also another reason I have a distrust of the buildings called “churches.”
Earlier I mentioned Matthew chapter 6. Let me continue form that chapter just a few verses later then I a mentioned a bit ago.
Verse 24 – “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.”
Our life as Christians is a black and white existence. We cannot cling onto a sin and at the same time attempt to cling to God. The one thing Jesus disliked the most when He walked amongst us was the hypocrisy he encountered. Especially form those that professed to be the spiritual leaders of Israel. When you live in hypocrisy you are within the realm of the lukewarm.
As I have established in my earlier lesson on the chronological order of the letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation chapters 2 and 3. We now live in the time of the lukewarm church. We are in the last letter and so are at the end of the church era. This signals that we are in the end times as I showed with my lessons on 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (The Many Faces of the Selfish god).
It is now that we must become more steadfast and more rigid in our beliefs. But not to the point that we would cause those seeking salvation to turn away from God.
Many, especially those under 40 have no true understanding of God or His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. They have been told that God and Jesus are fairytales. That They are a myth. As I have established above. Jesus was no myth. So what is told within the first five books of the New Testament are not a fiction, but historical fact.
Jesus is the Son of God who did walk the earth two thousand years ago. At this time if we look back upon those two thousand years, He would be 20. In ten more years He would begin His ministry which would ultimately lead to His crucifixion and then resurrection three days later.
Jesus never committed any sin. Ever. And was a virgin and pure. Spotless.
Many will scoff at this. They will say none can do that. If He were only human you would be right. No human can go sin free. However, Jesus was not nor even was human. He was God made flesh. To bear witness to the sinful nature of humanity. His flesh was made homely on purpose so those that looked upon Him would scoff and deny His words.(Isaiah 53:2) Just as those that are listening or reading this are scoffing. For they do not understand these concepts I am trying to get them to understand.
The only way we can enter into an eternal life. A life that will last billions upon billions of years is by accepting the reality of what you have been told is not a myth. No one waited 150 years to tell these stories about Jesus. Which would mean they would have been written in approximately 180 A.D. to 210 A.D. We have examples of written parchments dating from 50 A.D. and onward. The book of Revelation the last book of the Bible is said to have been written in the 90s A.D. well before the time when a myth would be written. What is even more important is that it was written by someone who actually walked and talked with Jesus before and after His death and resurrection.
Do you start to understand the import of that last sentence?
Someone who could deny the Bible finished the Bible 60 years after Jesus left. Always professing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and went to the cross for all of our sins and for everyone’s sins. (1 John 1:1-3) That is why it is important to turn away from sin and to seek after a righteous life in the name of Jesus Christ.
We continue to explore what the Bible says about who causes the turmoil in our lives.
This is Dreamwalker1960 and welcome to another podcast about the Bible.
Today we continue our look into who causes the turmoil in our lives.
James 1:12-15 – God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. 14 Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
Temptation comes from our own desire.
In the KJV it says “lusts.” – G1939 – epithymia – a longing (especially for what is forbidden) desire, lust (after) [Strong’s]
We are tempted by our own weakness. Our corrupt body we are stuck with until we die or are taken into the sky and given an incorruptible body in its stead.
This is what we must learn to have self-control over. This is our part in this relationship with God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Why did James write these words if we don’t have to do anything but just become saved?
This is one of the things many don’t understand.
These letters that form the New Testament were sent to people who had become saved. They were part of the body of Christ. They were counted amongst those that are called the bride.
Many today do not understand this simple concept with the Bible. They believe they can live their lives as they see fit just because one day they said “Jesus is my Savior.” Then went about their lives as if nothing changed except going to church on Sunday and singing a few songs.
We have an active part to play in our relationship with God and His Son.
Because if we do not seek to be righteous then we will falter and fail and as the verse itself states die once again in the sight of the Lord.
“These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.”
We are told that we will be put through tough times. We are told that if there is no discipline then we are not worthy of the effort. If you go through life and experience no trials or tribulations are you truly saved?
If we go through trials it is for our ultimate good that we go through these times. We are told to rejoice for in being placed through these trials we know that we are counted amongst those that in time will inherit the eternal life that is yet to come. If someone does not suffer these tribulations then we are told these people are not counted amongst those that will inherit eternity with God and His Son Jesus Christ.
We are told that after the Great White Throne Judgment as shown in Rev. 20:11-15. There will be a new universe as seen in Rev. 21. What does this mean to us? Only God knows the answer to that question. I do know without any doubt that we will not be limited to an existence just found upon this new earth. The fate of being placed in one location is known for a group of people. For it is the fate of those that are to live their eternal life in the Pit of Fire. Yes I said “their eternal life.” For all humanity will have an eternal life. It will just be in one of two distinct ways. Those that are the children of God will not have the fate of those that reject God and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. So those that experienced the death mentioned in verse 15 will be experiencing only a spiritual death that will lead them ultimately to the Pit of Fire. Their holding place at this time, for those that have left this life, is known as hell.
We are all given free will. We are all given the opportunity to accept God and His Son. No one is rejected from the chance to choose to accept or deny God. However, there are those that never known of this choice. Those that are of that group will be judged upon their earthly behavior, because they never knew or heard of God or His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Unlike most that live in the world today who have heard of God. For all have within them a sense of what is good or bad. This sense is magnified once we accept Christ. For we are given insight by God through His Son and the filling of the Holy Ghost, as well as what is taught within the Bible. Those that never knew of God or His Son will have their actions be their defense. If they lived a good life they will be welcomed into the family of God. If they lived an evil life, they will join those that reject the Creator of all. And as I said a few moments ago that does not include most that live in today’s world. For only a small amount of people that live in isolated areas of the world qualify as never having heard of God or His Son our Savior.
But I have gotten off track.
It is our lusts that causes us to take our eyes off of Christ. It is our lack of self-control that causes the turmoil in our lives. It is our unwillingness to accept these facts that if left alone we will fall from our salvation and lead us away from God and His Son toward the darkness of the world and then spiritual death.
What we need to understand and address is that we must accept that if the Bible says something is a sin it is a sin. It is something that we must turn away from to become righteous and holy. We must have a repentant heart, mind and soul. We must be willing to accept pain and sorrow in many cases if we are to reject sin.
Sin is temporal. It may give us a momentary time of exhilaration. That euphoria it causes doesn’t stay with us constantly. However, the fact that we sought after it and desire it more than we desire God does stay with us. Will we be able to rid ourselves of all sin? No. Nevertheless, we must strive and even struggle to purge sin from our lives. If this means we must leave a type of lifestyle that we enjoy in this earthly realm then that is what we must do.
Depending upon the type of sin we have within us that turns us away from God and our Savior, His Son, Jesus Christ. It may require extreme measures on our part. As an example alcoholism. Many if not all that suffer from this sin enter into Alcoholics Anonymous and go through this 12 step program to help them to gain self-control of this sin.
There are other sins where people have formed a relationship with another human. The pain required to end this sin in that moment can feel extremely painful and will bring you to tears. However, it is a line that must be crossed if we are to seek after true salvation. If we are to pursue righteousness.
Remember this one important fact. That Jesus Christ will be there for you. All you need do is ask, and to seek for Him in your heart, mind and soul as well as the pages of the Bible.
The very fact that Jesus allowed Himself to be arrest. The fact that Jesus spoke little when He was on trial. The fact that Jesus took the lashes to his back that tore His skin. Causing Him to bleed out so much that He could not carry His own cross out of Jerusalem. The fact that He went up onto the cross and died upon it. All of this was due to His love for all of humanity. If Jesus was so willing to endure so much pain and torture. How you can doubt Him or His Father?
Welcome to another podcast. I am Dreamwalker1960
Today we will look at the event that occurred one stormy night on the Sea of Galilee.
Matthew 14:25-33 – About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!”
27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”
28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”
29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
32 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.
When we look at these verses in Matthew. This is what I see.
They all see Christ but think He is a spirit. This is twofold. One, Jesus is walking on the water. Two, Peter has to ask for clarification if He truly is Jesus. So not only is it due to Him walking on the surface of the sea, but His appearance is different to have made them question literally their sanity, and who He was.
Now let’s look specifically at Peter’s interaction with Jesus.
When Peter asks for this verification he asks as evidence that Christ ask Peter to come out to Him walking upon the water as well. Now as this is happening, Peter is looking at the Jesus Christ before him. He has his whole attention upon the Son of God. Peter only falters once he allows his attention to drift off of his Lord.
When this distraction occurs he starts to sink into the water. He cries out to Jesus who does come to his aid. Then they both enter the boat and the storm ends.
At this point all the disciples proclaim Him the Messiah.
So Peter sees Christ. Not Jesus the man, but Jesus the Son of God.
Then Peter requests a verification of Christ’s reality.
Then Peter responds in faith and walks toward Christ.
Peter then turns away from Christ and sees the waves and feels the wind then begins to sink or fall.
Peter cries out for help from Jesus when he sees his peril.
Christ helps him, but they leave where they are and return to something “normal.”
Christ also says to Peter that he has little faith.
Here I have provided seven elements of this encounter. Now let’s go even deeper into these components where God leads us.
The first place I feel we should go is to Peter’s faith.
Hebrews Chapter 11 said this about faith
1-3 – Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.
3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
Whomever wrote Hebrews goes on to give example after example of those that were highly regarded throughout the Old Testament and the Tanakh.
It is this basic reaction that comes from these three verses that we are going to go with here. Peter’s response to Christ’s simple answer of “Yes, come.”
While Peter’s full attention is still upon Jesus. He simply walks out of the boat, onto the tossing seas that stand between himself and Christ and walks over to Him.
It is only when Peter no longer has his focus upon Jesus Christ is when he falters and begins to sink. To us when we turn away from our focus upon our Savior, we start to fall away from Him.
Peter became aware of the world. We too in turn become aware of the world and it many turmoil’s, which are like unto a raging sea.
Peter began to sink into the dark waters. We fall away from the light of Jesus Christ and descend toward the distractions of the world about us, which is filled with darkness.
And so we come to the difference between Peter and many of us that have by faith accepted Jesus as our Savior. We have walked upon the waters of our worlds and walked up to Jesus our Savior. Then we let something distract us off of Christ and so we begin to sink, to fall.
Many do as Peter did. Realize their jeopardy and call out to Jesus Christ for His help. Many others do not.
Many get their feet wet. Others get their legs wet. Yet others get wet up to their waist. While others their chest. Then many to their neck. Then other. These others, never call out to Jesus. As a result they no longer bear fruit upon the vine of salvation. So in turn they drown.
Yes. They are lost.
It is here that some reading or listening will scoff, get angry. They will turn away from what is being said here.
They will say “God would never do that.” “God would not allow someone to turn their backs upon Him.”
I have shown time again throughout all of my teachings upon this topic that yes. God will allow us to do as we please. If we so decide to return to the world of sin, then we are free to do so.
God has given us freewill to do as we so desire. It is this desire that results in sin, in wars, in turmoil. Humanity creates its own pain. Its own horrors, not God.
That is shown time and again throughout the Bible. Does every person that is taught of righteousness in the Bible become the focal point of the Old Testament? Like those listed in Hebrews 11.
Abel heard and had faith. His brother Cain did not. Cain had the same choice to accept God but instead he chose himself and in turn killed his brother Abel.
Enoch heard and kept his eye upon God so strongly that God took him into heaven still alive, and is alive to this very day.
Noah showed such faith that he lived through the ridicule for building a boat nowhere near water. Yet those that were about him loved themselves so much more that they totally reject the very existence of God. Even though it is said that giants walked amongst them.
Abraham’s faith was so great that he was promised a nation so vast that those within it would be like counting the grains of sand on the beaches.
Abel, Enoch, Noah and Abraham kept their faith and their eye upon God.
Yet Cain turn his eyes away. Those that were not upon the arc of the flood had turned their eyes away from God. Are they saved? Are they counted amongst those in heaven?
If all kept their eyes upon God, then Eve would never have eaten the forbidden fruit and her and Adam would never have been ejected from the Garden of Eden.
People will accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. Then they will love their sins more than God. They will fall away and sink into the Sea of Galilee. To die once again.
2 Peter 2:20-22 – And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. 22 They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”
Now as I said there are those that are saying God would not allow this. My response is this.
What did Jesus do when Peter called out?
Christ IMMEDIATELY grabbed Peter’s hand and helped him and returned him to something familiar.
God will never abandons us. It is not God that is allowing the fall. It is the person themselves allowing it. For Peter turned his attention to the storm, to the world.
God would not and will not allow it. We allow it. For we due to our freewill make our own choices, and our own fates.
It is we that decide if we are going to heaven or going to hell.
God wants us to be with Him. It is up to us to decide if we want to be there too.
In this study we look into a stormy night on the Sea of Galilee
Welcome again to another podcast. This is Dreamwalker1960.
Today we conclude our look into 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
Today we will start with looking into the 3 verse of this chapter, which is as follows:
“They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good.”
They will be unloving and unforgiving
a. Unloving – without natural affection – G794 – astorgos – hard-hearted toward kindred [Strong’s]
b. Unforgiving – trucebreakers – G786 – literally without libation (which usually accompanied a treaty), i.e. (by implication) truce less [Strong’s]
b1) libation – Certain ceremonies require dumping a little bit of liquid, usually alcohol, onto the ground. It might seem wasteful, but it’s really a powerful symbolic act called a libation — and it’s worth every drop. (As in a peace treaty)
Those that have no love for their parents or their children is what this boils down too for the “unloving.” Many times this past year I have heard of more cases then I can remember of parents abusing and or killing their children. While on the other hand I hear constantly of young adults who show true distain for their parents. As for trucebreakers which are those that wish to remain in a state of war describes those that have gone into a war of words against the legally elected president of the United States, and refuse to this day to accept this man as the president of this nation. Be they civilian, politician or media, they are all showing themselves to be ‘trucebreakers’ to the detriment of this nation.
They will slander others – false accusers – G1228 – diabolos – a traducer, specifically – Satan [Strong’s]
a. Traducer – one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libel
Again the media
no self-control – incontinent – G193 – akrates – powerless, i.e. without self-control [Strong’s]
Self-control is a key phrase that I keep running into in these studies. Again it points to the fact that we have an active part in our relationship with God. It is stating that we have a need to control our own desires and wants. Yes pray for guidance and help. But do not blame God or Jesus when we falter and fall. It is due to our own lack of self-control that we stumble not the Creators.
God is a constant. God is loving and forgiving. However, if we continue to live in this lack of self-control. As I pointed out in the first series of my podcasts. That once our braches which are upon the vine of salvation no longer bear fruit. God Himself will remove us from our salvation and cast us out to our human lust and desires which will ultimately lead to the fire of damnation. So we are to strive to maintain control of our human weakness that is and will remain in us until the day when the corruptible dawns the incorruptible.
They will be cruel – fierce – G434 – anemeros – not tame, savage [Strong’s]
This behavior is being played out nightly throughout several cities within the United States. However, this is only the visible example of this. There are concealed element at work that go unseen and try to stay hidden. This savagery struggles to stay secreted. For it knows that once it is drawn into the light, it will cause those that question where they stand in this struggle between good and evil, between God and Satan. They will see the errors of their ways and will turn to the Truth. And ask His forgiveness, which He will give it without a moment’s hesitation for that is why He went to the cross.
And hate what is good – despisers of those that are good – G865 – aphilagathos – hostile to virtue [Strong’s]
a. virtue – a good moral quality in a person, or the general quality of being morally good:
Again this is something that no longer is hidden to the world. We hear this daily for the main stream media. We see this from state governments that say it is alright to riot but you cannot gather to worship the Creator of all. Those that strive to maintain true order are looked down upon and ridiculed for those that wish to remove order and replace it with disorder.
This is all due to God no longer being the focal point of how we are taught. When God was removed from the schools in the 1960s. The United States has been going down this slippery slope, which has resulted in those that are described in these verses within the Bible. A fulfillment of prophecy becoming a reality before our very eyes.
2 Timothy 3 verse 4
“They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.”
They will betray their friends – traitors – G4273 – prodotes – (in the sense of giving forward into another’s [the enemy’s] hands); a surrender[Strong’s]
People whom you trusted will turn upon you and hand you over unto the enemy. An enemy can take many forms. But their goal will be to destroy your life and livelihood.
be reckless – heady – G4312 – propetes – falling forward, i.e. headlong (figuratively precipitate) [Strong’s]
a. precipitate – to make something happen suddenly or sooner than expected:
be puffed up with pride – highminded – G5187 – typhoo – to envelop with smoke, i.e. (figuratively) to inflate with self-conceit [Strong’s]
a. self-conceit – an exaggerated opinion of one’s own qualities or abilities
We see this in social media a lot. Due to people having the ability to hide who they are they go about throughout social media. Degrading and demeaning others who have an insight or fact that shows what is true to the world. They see themselves as knowing what is best for all, even if their ideals have been proven false time and again throughout history. When in reality they are no different than anyone else. Yet they do not see this nor care for they surround themselves with those that are just as high-minded and so are blind to the reality of the world and all that is within it. Thus blinding themselves for the truth of God and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
Love pleasure rather than God – lovers of pleasures – G5369 – philedonos – fond of pleasure, i.e. voluptuous
a. Voluptuous – A voluptuous experience or object gives you a lot of pleasure because it feels extremely soft and comfortable or it sounds or looks extremely beautiful:
I find the best example of this is those that say they are Christian. Yet they openly live in a state of sin. Not seeing that they have chosen this sin over God and the teachings within the Bible. That says you must turn from these pleasures, which are sin, and place God the head of your life. Not this temporal pleasure that is fleeting.
“They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”
I see this in many buildings that call themselves “churches.” They have people in places of power that openly flaunt their sin yet they act pious and religious when they are nowhere near to their Creator nor His Son who willingly went to the cross sinless for their sake.
We are given one command by Paul in these verses.
“Stay away from people like that!”
In the KJV it is:
“From such turn away.”
In today’s world there are many ways we interact with people. It is ways that many of us don’t think twice about. It is this not thinking that causes many to not turn away from these people that we are told not to let into our lives or remove them from our fellowship.
Listening to this or reading this is a form of interaction. I am simply a messenger. A teacher of God’s Word. A student of the Bible. I am someone that you can interact with.
However, if you noticed this is the type of contact I am referring to. Having contact in social media with those that show hatred of the truth. Watching on the television those that demean and spread false accusations against anyone. Tolerating those that do anything listed in verses 2 – 5 is what we are told we must not do. We should not even listen to those in the news for they no longer provide facts, which is all they were originally supposed to do. We should seek alternate sources for our news. We should not spend money on types of entertainment that has those within it that live their lives in any manner like those listed in these verses. For we are interacting with them by giving them our money.
We need to examine our lives and look to see how we invite people into it. Through the television, the radio. Who we interact with in person, even to the stores we shop at.
Does this mean we should remove ourselves for all of society?
That depends on where you are with your walk with God through His Son our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. For our focal point should be God first. Then those we love that are within our lives. Then those in your Christian community. Then when we need to interact with the world, we should do so in a sparing manner and then those we have researched enough to know we are not adding to the evils of the world with our interaction. Yes this is difficult and many of you may be laughing at this. That is between you and God. I am not in this for my glory, but God’s. Through the only way into heaven and then eternal life. Which is my Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
We finish our look into 2 Timothy 3:1-5
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.
We continue to breakdown 2 Timothy 3:1-5