These verses describe in detail the character of the religious hypocrites of the last times, and reinforce the need for an inspired revelation from God.
The need for an inspired Bible is seen in three phrases of 2 Timothy 3: “lovers of self,” (v. 2), “lovers of money,” (v. 2), and “lovers of pleasure” (v. 4).
The first phrase of this verse is crucial to an understanding of the doctrine of inspiration. “All,” “Scripture,” “God-breathed.”
Peace and spiritual stability are the results of a love for the Bible and its truths. Praise for God is driven by His word.
Personal revival (“quicken” in the KJV) comes through the word of God. The words of man change and contradict, but the words of God will never change.
God’s righteousness (His “right-ness”) is revealed in the Scriptures, and causes us to desire righteousness in ourselves. This desire then drives us to call upon God for deliverance.
The word of the Lord produces the fear of the Lord, a much needed mindset for our day. God’s word, being always right, causes us to despise that which is false; we walk in the light of the word of God, our understanding is no longer darkened.
The importance of the word of God in guiding the believer in Christ in his daily walk cannot be overestimated. Likewise, the Scriptures sustain us in the face of the opposition of the enemy.
In this lesson, we learn the necessity for the Author of the Bible to teach us His word. Then we may discover the “sweetness” of the word of God and will discern and discard that which is false.
Verses 89 to 105 are perhaps the heart of Psalm 119. In the portion under consideration in this lesson, superior wisdom and discernment are the result of the word of God. The Scriptures are the personal of God Himself to the believer, and result in a superior intellectual and moral life.