Last Updated on August 15, 2020
Currently, in the Daily Word, we will be bringing you some relevant insights from the simple word of God as we go through Paul’s epistles (letters) in the books of Timothy and Thessalonians.
Today we simply bring you the word of God – the scriptures. As so many things are brought to light simply by going through the scriptures in context rather than jumping around as some do to back their false doctrines.
No Explanation Needed
Today we look at 2Timothy 3:1-9 and it really needs no further explanation.
This is why it is essential to get a witness on a man by his fruit (as Jesus told us to Mt 7:15-20). Because it is through his fruit that you then use the scriptures to identify who (or whose) that man is. Otherwise, it is meaningless for scripture to speak of and list these attributes of men. If we are to simply let God tell us who someone is, then scripture is filled with meaningless chatter like Paul must be here making. Jesus told us that by THEIR fruits you shall know them (Mt 7:18-20). Not by their misdirecting you to some external means (using God’s name) that conveniently ignores all the evidence their fruits provide. They follow this by putting in your mind what you are supposed to ‘get on them’ [a witness] from said source [God]. Apparently, God cannot speak any other works about them aside from the ones they give you.
Why is scripture wasting our time listing these identifying marks of men if we are not to use these outward signs to identify men with? Good men have works that are evident (2Tim 3:10). Likewise, evil men have visible works that can be seen [witnesses] (2Tim 3:2-7). This is why Paul is telling us this – so that we can identify the man as good or evil.
Did we also forget that any “witness” from “God” must be tested because many spirits are trying to convince you that they are from God (1John 4:1; 2Cor 11:14). There are plenty of evil spirits that will tell you that they are good, or even God. You don’t think the Devil would tell you he was the Devil, do you?
The witness of over 95% of those who have known Brother Stair will testify to those things highlighted below in red as being his fruits and works (Mt 7:20). We present you with just one of the many chapters in first and second Timothy that list the identifying fruits of men and identify who these men are.
2 Timothy 3:1-9 in the Amplified Bible helps to expand on the meaning of whom Paul was speaking of.
“Difficult Times Will Come”
1 But understand this, that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear]. 2 For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane, 3 [and they will be] unloving [devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane], irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control [intemperate, immoral], brutal, haters of good, 4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of [sensual] pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith]. Avoid such people and keep far away from them. 6 For among them are those who worm their way into homes and captivate morally weak and spiritually-dwarfed women weighed down by [the burden of their] sins, easily swayed by various impulses, 7 always learning and listening to anybody who will teach them, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres [the court magicians of Egypt] opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, unqualified and worthless [as teachers] in regard to the faith. 9 But they will not get very far, for their meaningless nonsense and ignorance will become obvious to everyone, as was that of Jannes and Jambres.