2 Timothy 3:1-5 AMP”1. But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].
2 For people will be lovers of selfish and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane.
3 [They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, trouble makers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good.
4 [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God.
5 For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them]. ”
I have two things to say about this passage.
First off, what does it mean in verse 5, “For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they they deny the power of it”?
First off, verses 1-5 is talking about Christians. (Reread verse 4 & 5 if you doubt).
So the Christians will be the harsh, proud, without natural [human] affection, self-centered, lovers of money and (etc) aroused by vain amusements MORE THAN LOVERS OF GOD.
So how do we deny the Power of God? When we refuse the conviction of The Holy Spirit and REPENT.
John 16:7-11 AMP
“7 However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].
8 And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God) and about judgement:
9 About sin, because they do not believe in Me [trust in, rely on, and adhere to Me];
10 About righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God), because I go to My Father, and you will see Me no longer;
11 About judgement, because the ruler (evil genius, prince) of this world [Satan] is judged and condemned and sentence already is passed upon him.”
The basic way to describe “sin” is to withhold our self from God our Creator.
In other words, we put our will above God’s Will.
We deny Father God the Reverence and Submission due to Him, and rebel against Him instead.
When we fear man (people) and what they think about us, more than fearing (by reverence) what God thinks about us or what He has told us to do.
When we demand our “rights”, above God’s Commands.
When we focus our eyes, ears, hearts, and minds on anything other than God, rather than worshiping Him, loving on Him, talking WITH Him, and asking Him what is in His heart.
When we put OURSELF above God. (AKA selfish, self-centered).
John Brevere said it perfectly in his book, “The Bait Of Satan” by saying, “The most effective way for the enemy to blind us is to cause us to focus on ourselves.” Page 1.
The word, “reprove” (in the KJV, “convict” in AMP) is #1651 Greek in the Strong’s Expanded Bible dictionary means “to confute, admonish:- reprove, rebuke, convince, tell (one’s) fault, convict.
This word means to rebuke another with the truth so that the person confesses, or at least is convicted of his sin. Although convicted, he may not be convinced.”
So people will deny The Power of The Holy Spirit by denying the truth of their heart’s conduction, of their sin.
The two greatest Commandments are found in Matthew 22:35-40. It states to “37 …LOVE The Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).
38 This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment.
39 And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.”
LOVE. Without LOVING God with all you are, and loving all people, we are in sin.
Re-read 2 Timothy 3:1-5. Do those Christians sound loving? No.
The Holy Spirit will convict us of our unloving hearts, minds, words and actions, if we let Him pierce our hearts with His Words.
We must NOT allow OURSELF (selfish, self centered) ways, (thoughts, words, ambitions, pride, etc) distort our view of God Almighty, The God of Love (see 1 John 4:7-13).
We must humble our hearts before Him. Submit all of who we are (mind, body, heart, body) to Him, and be quick to repent.
Only through His Love, (His Love flowing out of our hearts, minds, mouth and actions) can we truly live as one with Him.
(See John chapters 14-15).
Please read 1 John 4:7-13)
Book suggestions: “The Bait Of Satan” by John Brevere.
“The Secret Of The Stairs” by Wade E Taylor.