2 Timothy 3:10-15
A description of the past curriculum
for the man of God
Two weeks ago we looked at the times of evil and the severity of evil (1 Tim 3:1), the specifics of evil (2 Tim 3:2–5), the creep of evil (2 Tim 3:6–7) and the limit of evil (2 Tim 3:8–9). We continue today, considering the alternative to evil (2 Tim 3:10–15) in Paul’s exhortation to his son Timothy, insisting that spiritual faithfulness is not automatic, but requires recognizing and following godly examples who follow the Scriptures.
Paul has just described the kind of people that will threaten life on earth in the last days and which Timothy must contend with in his own day. Now, Paul is drawing a clear dividing line between Timothy and those ruled by the spirit of the last days, saying “You, however, have carefully followed”.
Timothy needed to realize, as all Christians should do, that when a person determines to "live a godly life”, he or she will suffer persecution. He is reminding him that a man does not fully discover the tyranny of this world till he casts off its yoke, and consequently incurs its enmity. “But you” is an emphatic contrast. Timothy was to strongly set himself against the course that some other men took.
We too, need to recognize that spiritual faithfulness in the past is not an automatic guarantee of faithfulness in the future. Spiritual faithfulness in the future requires recognizing and following godly examples who follow the Scriptures in their teaching, known for their character and for their godly demeanor under trials.