But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me. 2 Timothy 3:10-11
The Last Days will be filled with peril because selfishness will be amplified like music blasting through a loudspeaker. Paul warned us of the kinds of people who will populate the Last Days, giving us a long list of negative traits in 2 Timothy 3:1-9. But then he made a sudden shift in his content, reminding Timothy that the evils of the Last Days are no match for those who carefully follow the traits of the Christian.
We must know our doctrine and let it determine our manner of life. The true doctrine of the Bible also establishes our purpose in living, grounds our faith, and gives us longsuffering—the ability to deal with people patiently. Out of all this comes a growing and genuine love and a perseverance that will see us through the persecutions and afflictions of the Last Days.
What an opportunity! The evil of the Last Days allows us to offer the contrast of the Christ-life for all the world to see.
If believers will proceed faithfully without giving in to despair, they will incur fiercer conflict until such time as they are delivered. Watchman Nee