The Real Deal

13 But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3).

Among the Greek culture were those called “imposters” (“go’-ās”), who were frauds that “wailed” like enchanters, issuing verbal spells and incantations to give the false impression they could do miracles. Such men even infiltrated the church, trying to gain influence and a following.

To keep from being deceived by such people, Paul reminded Timothy of two things: 1) the character of those who had taught him (his mother, grandmother, and Paul himself); and 2) the truths they had taught him (God’s Word, that is, “the sacred writings”).

Lord, we thank You for Your Word, as well as for those You have put in our lives to teach it to us. Help us This Day to be the real deal: to be in Your Word and to teach others as well, as opportunity avails itself. Amen.