A Faithful Saying from 2 Timothy
Salvation, Reign, and Faithfulness
by J.M. Troppello
The following passage of scripture was one of the reference verses I studied during my devotions today. In the notes from the Thomas Nelson Study Bible, I learned that these three verses could have been a “hymn or confession” used during the early church. The reference notes shared that the format of these verses “resembles the parallelism of Hebrew poetry.” These verses (or hymn) “reflect the themes of Christ’s death and resurrection introduced by Paul” earlier in this chapter in verse 8.
11 This is a faithful saying:
For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. 12 If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. 13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.
(II Tim. 2:11-13, NKJV)
I haven’t always studied the Bible deeply. I read it. I tried to understand what I could. I would memorize verses so I could recite them when I needed encouragement. However, in recent years, I have so enjoyed digging deeper into God’s Word and trying to understand the meaning behind all the passages I read daily.
That’s why I love using a study Bible (Thomas Nelson Study Bible, NKJV). Years ago, my husband purchased this study Bible, along with the Strong’s Concordance by James Strong, and a Hebrew Study Bible. We moved a few years ago. Some of our books were put into storage. I thought I had taken all of the Bibles and study books with us to our new place. But I guess I hadn’t taken the Hebrew Bible. I hope to get a chance to go to our storage unit soon to locate that Hebrew Bible. I really want to start studying the Bible by reading the translation of the actual Hebrew words into English.
Unpacking These Verses
I agree with verse 11 that “this is a faithful saying.” All of God’s Word is true and faithful – and is “living and powerful.”
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV)
When you truly dig deeper and ask the Holy Spirit for an understanding of God’s Word, it can pierce your soul and spirit. It can overhaul your thinking. It can become the catalyst for spiritual and emotional growth in your life.
Salvation – When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you can embrace this faithful saying from verse 11, that when you die with Him, you will also live with Him. He will be Lord of your life here on earth and in eternity. (See: Romans 6:8)
Reign – Enduring through life’s struggles and persecutions will result in Heavenly rewards. If you have not endured well in the Lord, you won’t reap the reward and reign which could have been yours in Heaven. You’ll still have your salvation and be with the Lord in eternity, but with a lesser reward. (See: Luke 19:11-27, Romans 8:17, and Rev. 3:21)
Faithfulness – The most faithful saying in this passage is verse 13, at least from my perspective. It’s a beautiful thing knowing that God is still faithful even when I am faithless. “He cannot deny Himself.” Being faithless can be described as immaturity in your walk with the Lord, and living only for yourself and not for God’s Kingdom. It goes against God’s nature to not be faithful to His children. (See: John 10:27-30, Heb. 10:23, and Heb. 13:5)
Every day, I am so thankful for my salvation. I have peace knowing that I will spend eternity in Heaven with God. I want my days filled with spiritually mature behavior that will lead to reigning with the Lord in Heaven. However, I know that God’s grace is real. When I mess up, He will help me get back on track. It’s a special blessing to know that He is faithful even when I walk in emotional and spiritual immaturity and faithlessness.
What do you think of this “faithful saying” in 2 Timothy 2:11-13?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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