The Perilous times of the Last days.
2 Timothy 3:1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”
This “last days” is not the Tribulation Period, but the last days of the Church Age, which is spoken of here.
And why are they perilous? In the Greek, “perilous” means to reduce strength, dangerous.
Anytime we are not at full strength to resist the Devil, or combat the temptations of the world; we are in a perilous situation.
And this is a warning for the Church.
2 Timothy 3:2-5 “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.
Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
Paul was warning that there would come into the Church those who would fit right into the times; but who would not be righteous with God; for they will deny the power of God in their lives to rule and change them.
They will refuse subjection to authority; though they may praise it in reguard to others.
The real telling description of these people, is that they are “lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.”
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof”
We all know about forms. We fill numbers of them out when we send away for something. Our Taxes. For Schools. Etc.
So we know that a form, filled out, gives a lot of information; which could just be false.
This is here expressed, as a form of godliness.
They have filled in all the blanks. Said all the right things, to be accepted, but they are all false; for they “deny” the Power of God, in their own lives.
To deny is to refuse.
They refuse to submit to that power, and receive it, for they don’t really want it or Him.
Luke 5:17 “There came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which are come out of every town of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.”
But they were not healed. Those Pharisees and doctors came to hear Jesus, and after hearing Jesus,and seeing a miracle; they left the very same men.
They could have been healed of their unbelief, but refused.
Perilous times will come. If fact, are here.
And we, as Christians, need to strengthen ourselves in God’s Word for the days ahead.
We need to regain the personal relationship we once had with the Lord Jesus.
God is Almighty. He has promised to save us to the uttermost.
Hebrews 7:25 “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
Let us receive His Power for our lives. For He is Able.