We saw in our last message that Paul wanted to remind Timothy that there was still immense profit to be had from continuing in the Scriptures. We all need this reminder because we don't take new truths for granted, but old. It's very easy for the most basic, most important forces for change to be starved out of their proper place in our lives. Remember, in the spiritiual realm, more things die by neglect than by rebellion.
In fact, when you see what looks like flat-out, random rebellion to the Spirit of God in any Christian's life, know that you're observing, at that specific moment of rebellion, only the outward fruit of the neglect of inward spiritual strength and light and wisdom that would have kept the heart tender and the life on track. Spiritual neglect is never immediately visible in its consequences. The results of the neglect of truth accumulate silently over time and rupture in rebellion and hard-heartedness.