2 Timothy 3

1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.

2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,

3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good,

4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions,

7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.

8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith.

9 But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.

10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness,

11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra- which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.

12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

The words all and will are very emphatic. It makes me inwardly quip with the reverse logic, namely that if I'm not persecuted then it's because I don't desire to live a godly life :-)

13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Evil people aren't saved. Remember on that day Jesus will say to them , "I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers (Matt 7:23)". Imposters, which can only mean fake Christians, are grouped with these unsaved evil people. These people may be deceived, but notice they also deceive others. This means they may sincerely believe their false beliefs, but they are still guilty for the sin of misleading others. Our sincerity can't save us. We must believe the truth and teach the truth. Woe to us if we become deceived into believing a lie and then to passing that lie on to others, causing them to be deceived too.

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it

15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

All Scripture, not some of it, and not just the bits that we like.

17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.