Girl, Gospel, Go | Day Seventeen Answers
By: Megan Gover | The Deceived Deceive | 2 Timothy 3:16-17
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
As we saw yesterday, Paul paralleled the magicians in Moses’ day to the false teachers in Timothy’s day. They both had the appearance of power and religion, yet fell short due to a lack of a power source: the Holy Spirit.
Against man’s conceit and deceit, God’s Word stands radiantly true.
Before we open up this passage in 2 Timothy, ask the Holy Spirit to give you a desire to know Him more!
Read 2 Timothy 3:10-13. What eight things did Paul mention Timothy following?
They followed Paul’s teaching conduct, aim in life, faith, patience, love, steadfastness, persecutions, and sufferings.
In verse 11, Paul clarifies which sufferings he talked about: Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. Since we probably don’t recall off the top of our head what exactly happened to him in these cities, let’s look up the catastrophe he faced there.
Read Acts 14:19-23. In emojis, describe what happens to Paul in this city.
Paul has a rocky (pun intended) situation go down in Lystra. He was stoned and left for dead! What was Paul’s purpose in reminding Timothy of his suffering?
Paul showcases his stoning to contrast the false teachers Timothy faced. False teachers seek selfish pleasures while true disciples seek their purpose in Christ--which sometimes requires sacrifices and lack of comfort.
This suffering showed Paul’s true colors. Every aspect of his life displayed integrity. Through and through, Paul was the disciple he taught others to be. He establishes this as the standard of those seeking a godly life.
Read 2 Timothy 3:12-13. How does Paul describe believers and how does he describe false teachers?
He calls believers those “living a godly life” and names false teachers “evil people and impostors.”
What are the consequences for both?
Paul made it clear: believers seeking Jesus are not immune to persecution. It’s not a matter of if, but when we experience it! On the other hand, those who are false teachers will “go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (v. 13)
Why were people going from bad to worse? Who was deceiving them?
Deceived people deceive people. It’s what they do! However, Paul encouraged Timothy to take a different approach to his faith. He urged his spiritual son to recall the spiritual truth he had from his upbringing.
Read 2 Timothy 3:14-15. What was Paul’s instructions in these verses?
“To continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you have learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings.”
What have you learned about Jesus since your childhood?
Who taught you these spiritual lessons? How does learning truths from certain people impact the validity of it?
What are the sacred writings Paul references?
How does Scripture make us “wise for salvation through faith in Jesus?”
This passage shows a night and day contrast of believers following the Lord and those who use religion as a mask to live however they want to. As believers, our faith is solidified through our persecution and knowing the truth. Paul then goes on to remind Timothy of the importance and power of Scripture.
Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 to read about Scripture’s importance and fill in the blanks below.
“All Scripture is _________ out by ______ and ___________ for teaching, for __________, for __________, and for _____________ in righteousness, that the man of God may be _____________, equipped for every _______ __________.”
What does it mean for Scripture to be breathed out by God?
What are the benefits of Scripture?
What is the result of Scripture in every man or woman’s life?
God’s Word has power. It’s not a book filled with helpful hints, spiritual suggestions, or legalistic lists. It’s life-giving, life-speaking, and living. Scripture makes us uncomfortable and unsettled about sin in our lives to make us into the people God desires for us to be--someone ready to do good works.
End this time thanking the Lord for giving us ultimate truth in a world full of deceit.