2 Timothy 3:7 - Learning or Living?

2 Timothy 3:7 - Learning or Living?

2 Timothy 3:7 (KJV) Ever learning, and never able to come to the 
knowledge of the truth. 

2 Timothy 3:7 (CWB) These kinds of people listen to anybody.  
They're always ready to learn but never come to the point of 
acknowledging the truth or fully accepting God's forgiveness. 

   Little League coaches know that very young ballplayers have 
to use a tee to learn how to bat before they can swing and hit 
pitches. Surgeons have their interns watch procedures before they let 
them pick up a scalpel. Parents of budding violinists endure hours of 
squeaks before enjoying the beautiful notes of a school orchestra. 
Practice makes perfect - or at least makes things better.  
   The same principle applies to spiritual growth. Believers 
cannot get better (become more like Christ) without regularly studying 
God's Word and applying it to their lives. That is why Paul tells 
Timothy about the Bible's usefulness in teaching what is true and right. 
As you read, evaluate your "practice" schedule.  
   God gave the Bible so that people could learn to love and 
serve him (2 Timothy 3:16-17). A lot of the study and learning we do 
in life aims to make us smarter or more knowledgeable. That will 
happen when we study the Bible, but it's not the main reason that God 
gave us his Word. God wants us to change our thoughts, behavior, and 
   Some people use their knowledge of the Bible only to win 
arguments or to make themselves look clever. Besides missing the aim of 
having such knowledge, they become worse people, not better, by falling 
into pride (see 1 Corinthians 8:1-3).  
   Never flaunt your knowledge of God's Word. Study the Bible to 
learn how to live, not to win an argument or to show somebody up. Seek 
to know Christ and learn to do good. [The One Year Through the 
Bible Devotional by Dave Veerman re 2 Tim. 3 & 4] 

Does it ever strike you as odd that some of the most learned men 
in history have spent their lives poring over the Bible - and yet 
never come to faith in Christ? Salvation is not just about learning, 
but about submission to a new way of life. [Life Principles SB By 
Charles Stanley mod.] 

Ever learning, but loaded with sin and led astray by their 
lusts, they never really came to an understanding of the truth.  
[Wiersbe Expository Outlines mod.] 

Many obtain much speculative acquaintance with the "doctrines" 
of Christianity, but never become savingly acquainted with the 
system; many study the constitution and government of the church, but 
remain strangers to practical piety; many become familiar with the 
various philosophical theories of religion, but never become truly 
acquainted with what religion is; and many embrace visionary theories, who 
never show that they are influenced by the spirit of the gospel. 
Nothing is more common than for persons to be very busy and active in 
religion, and even to "learn" many things about it, who still remain 
strangers to the saving power of the gospel. (Barnes' Notes) 

They hear, repeatedly hear, it may be, good sermons; but, as 
they seldom meditate on what they hear, they derive little profit 
from the ordinances of God. They have no more grace now than they had 
several years ago, though hearing all the while, and perhaps not 
wickedly departing from the Lord. They do not meditate, they do not 
think, they do not reduce what they hear to practice; therefore, even 
under the preaching of an apostle, they could not become wise to 
salvation. (Adam Clarke Commentary) 

This verse is not opposing study and learning; it is warning 
about ineffective learning. It is possible to be a perpetual student 
and never graduate to putting theory into practice. [Life 
Application SB] 

He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 
Luke 1:51b (KJV)