The Way of Transformation (podcast) (2 Timothy 3)

2 Timothy 3 tracks the transformation that takes place through Christ, turning us inside out, from living for my own self-focused story to participating in God’s astounding story.

This 23-minute podcast was recorded at Riverview Joondalup 2022-01-23.

The text

2 Timothy 3 (my translation, compare NIV)
1 But know this: in later days difficult times will come. 2 For people will be self-focused, money-focused, self-promoting, arrogant, demeaning, rebellious to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 uncaring, irreconcilable, slanderers, uncontrolled, untamed, unprincipled, 4 traitors, reckless, demented, loving pleasure rather than God, 5 with a veneer of piety disconnected from its [transforming] power. Don’t associate with them.

6 For from this group come those who slip into homes and capture vulnerable women who’ve been weighed down with sins and are led by various cravings, 7 always learning and never able to come to understand the truth [that Jesus is Lord]. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, these oppose truth, people of corrupted thinking, unreliable when it comes to trust. 9 But they won’t achieve much: their senselessness will be obvious to everyone, just has happened with those two.

10 You [Timothy] thoroughly checked me out: my teaching, conduct, resolve, trust, calmness, love, bearing up, 11 harassments, sufferings — all that came my way in Antioch, in Iconium, in Lystra, the harassments I endured, and our Master rescued me from them all. 12 And everyone who wants to do life God’s way in King Jesus will be harassed. 13 Evil and pretentious people will regress from bad to worse, leading astray and being led astray. 14 Stay grounded in what you learned and came to trust, your connection with those you learned from, 15 and your connection from childhood with the Sacred Scriptures that have the capacity to enlighten you on the path to the rescue that arrives through allegiance to King Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-infused and valuable for teaching, for confronting, for correcting, for basic guidance on doing right, 17 so God’s person can be proficient, able to bring any good task to completion.

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