Girl, Gospel, Go | Day Sixteen

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By: Megan Gover | Swollen with Conceit | To type in your answers to today’s study, click here.

“...having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power…”

If you have ever bit your lip, sprained your ankle, or experienced an allergic reaction, you are probably familiar with the concept of swelling. There are many reasons your body might be physically swollen, but it often results from the buildup of fluid or inflammation in the body.

Similarly, when pride collects within our hearts and souls, we become swollen with conceit--living for our pleasures instead of Christ’s purpose.

As we work through 2 Timothy 3:1-9 for this sixteenth day in this study, Paul pinpoints sin as a result of our sinful ways in the last days. While you read through today’s Scripture, ask the Holy Spirit to convict and purify you from these temptations!


Read 2 Timothy 3:1. How would you define difficult?

Name a circumstance or season you would classify as a time of difficulty in your life.

What were the last days? Why are they going to be difficult?

Continue reading in 2 Timothy 3:2-5. Out of the list Paul mentioned, were there any attributes you didn’t know what they meant? If so, take some time to look up these words.

Jot down the sins from this list you could most identify with because of your temptation by them.

Let’s break down this list in more depth. Fill in the chart below to the best of your ability.

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What does it mean to “have the appearance of godliness, but [deny] its power”?

Paul is talking about people who declared some form of religiosity--not the Gospel--and had no conviction whatsoever. As Warren Wiersbe put it, they had “form without force. Religion without reality.”

Why would Paul want Timothy to avoid such people?

These false teachers Paul was warning Timothy about all had similar things in common. Read 2 Timothy verse six and seven. What characteristics does he mention about these false teachers living without the power of godliness?

Continue reading verse 8-10. For more context, we need to explain about Jannes and Jambres in Exodus chapter seven. Though it doesn’t mention them by name in this chapter, tradition tells us through Paul’s writings these were the magicians’ names. When Moses was sent to lead the Israelites’ exile out of Egypt, the Lord gave plagues to signal the Lord's power to the Egyptians.

Read the following verses and note any similarities or differences between Moses and Aaron vs. the magicians’, Jannes and Jambres, encounters.

  • Exodus 7:20-25:

  • Exodus 8:1-7:

  • Exodus 8:16-19:

These magicians paralleled the false leaders and followers in Paul’s day. Though they looked as if they had power, answers, and truth, they did not. They were imitators of Satan and without the power of God. Though they looked the part, they were counterfeit.

End this time thanking the Lord for the worth and power of His Gospel!

2 TimothyMegan GoverComment