These Last Days of Great Distress
Rev. Andrew Preus, pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Guttenberg, IA and St. Paul Lutheran Church in McGregor, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study 2 Timothy 3:1-9.
Paul tells Timothy and all Christians the difficulty that will arise during the last days so that they can be faced with true confidence in Christ. The seasons of difficulty grow stronger and more frequent as Christ’s return draws closer, not in order to lead us to predict it, but in order to keep us watchful and ready. The list of vices Paul enumerates paint a dark picture. As people turn to love of self and love of pleasure over love of God, the disruption of the goodness of God’s order in marriage and family will be evident. Though such vice may give the false appearance of godliness, Paul calls Timothy and all faithful Christians to identify it and avoid those who peddle it. Wisdom to do so will not come from endless talking but only from the life-giving Word of God. He will not allow false teaching and false teachers to win the day, but He will vindicate His people and His truth on the Last Day.
“The Word is Trustworthy” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the three pastoral epistles: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. These three letters are named after their recipients, two young pastors in the Christian Church. St. Paul gives instruction to these two men concerning the doctrine and life of the congregations where they are given to serve. In these epistles, the Apostle teaches both pastors and congregations of all times and places that the sound doctrine from God’s Word is faithful to save sinners in Christ Jesus.