"Treacherous, Reckless, Conceited"
“Treacherous, Reckless, Conceited”
When we examine a list like we have in this passage, we must continue to remind ourselves where our hope lies.
Our hope is in the Lord.
Not in situation.
Not in circumstance.
Not in man.
Not in organization.
Not in our power.
In the Lord.
He has warned us about the difficult times that are on the horizon.
We can hear the rumbling of thunder.
Knowing these truths about how man will be...how man is!...will prepare us to stand firm every moment.
Read the passage again, giving close attention to the bold words...
2 Timothy 2:1-5
1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.
2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,
4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.
- to fall forwards, headlong, sloping, precipitously
- to raise a smoke
- to wrap in a mist
- to blind with pride
- to render foolish
- to be stupid
- to make proud
- puff up with pride
- render insolent
- to be puffed up with haughtiness
The verb “conceited” encapsulates much of what we have seen of these people.
We see why we are to avoid such as these.
Are they irredeemable?
We are to speak the Truth of the Kingdom of God.
But, we are not to walk in the path of the world with them.
Wait until tomorrow...have you seen where these people might be “hanging out”?