A. In last week’s lesson (https://www.wordsoftruth.net/thefoundationofgod2021.html), we discussed Paul’s warning to Timothy and how things were promised to get worse (II Timothy 3:1-13).
- We discussed how that Timothy was told to continue in what he had learned (II Timothy 3:14-17).
- Yet, because of the worsening situation to come, teaching was not going to be easy for him (II Timothy 4:1-5).
- We need to help each other in this (Hebrews 10:24-25).
- We have the example to follow (Ephesians 5:1-2).
II. Body: In the context wherein Jesus prophesied of the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37-24:34), He said: “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:12).
A. Iniquity defined: “Violation of law or (genitive case) wickedness: — iniquity, x transgress(-ion of) the law, unrighteousness. The condition of without law; because ignorant of it; because of violating it. Contempt and violation of law, iniquity, wickedness” (Strong’s # 458).
- A worker of iniquity is lost (Matthew 13:41).
- A worker of iniquity can appear outwardly righteous (Matthew 23:28).
- Iniquity multiplies (Romans 6:19).
- Those redeemed are delivered from iniquity (Titus 2:11-14), lest the redeemed turn back to sin (II Peter 2:20-22).
- Simply put, iniquity is a synonym for “sin” (I John 3:4) and the reward for “sin” is not eternal life in Heaven (Romans 6:23).
- This is even the case when a person was once faithful, but has turned back (Ezekiel 18:24).
to be increased, to multiply” (Strong’s # 4129).
- An example of this word is found in Acts 6:7 translated “multiplied.”
- In fact, every other time this Greek word is used in the N.T., the KJV translation is “multiplied” or multiply (Acts 6:1, Acts 7:17, Acts 9:31, Acts 12:24, II Corinthians 9:10, Hebrews 6:14, I Peter 1:2, II Peter 1:2, and Jude 1:2).
- Think about there being less love for the Lord (John 5:42-47).
- Think about there being less love for the truth (II Thessalonians 2:10-12).
- Think about there being less love for one’s neighbor (Romans 13:8-10).
- Think about there being less love for good (Micah 3:1-4).
- Think about there being less love in congregations (Revelation 2:1-7) and the crippling effect of that on edification (Ephesians 4:15-16).
- Think about the connection of love with obedience (I John 5:1-3 and II John 1:6).
- Think about why the loss of love leads people away from perfection (Colossians 3:14).
- Think about the lack of love in leading to hypocrisy (Romans 12:9).
III. Conclusion: While iniquity has and will continue to make the love of many wax cold, do not think for a moment that love will altogether disappear (I Corinthians 13:10-13).
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