Bible Reflection: God Remains Faithful


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God Remains Faithful

He Cannot Deny Himself

by J.M. Troppello


Paul wrote I Timothy and 2 Timothy to Timothy who he considered “a true son in the faith” (I Tim. 1:2) and “a beloved son” (II Tim. 1:2). This passage from II Tim. 2:11-13 is part of the larger passage from 2:1-13, titled in the NKJV as Be Strong in Grace. The beginning of 2:11 is short, but powerful: This is a faithful saying.


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)

These verses can be divided into four if and then scenarios.


  • Getting saved and dying to your sinful nature results in life in eternity.

  • Enduring in your life as a Christian will result in rewards at Christ’s return.

  • If you deny the calling to endure, that will result in denying your rewards.

  • If you are faithless and live for yourself and not Jesus, He will still be faithful.


“This section is possibly a hymn or confession of the early church. The form resembles the parallelism of Hebrew poetry. The hymn reflects the themes of Christ’s death and resurrection introduced by Paul in verse 2:8.” (Source: TNSB)


As a believer, you are united with Christ in His death and subsequent resurrection.


5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. (Romans 6:5-14, NKJV)

Your old man was crucified with Christ. You are no longer a slave to sin. It is good to be reminded of that every now and then. Yes, as a Christian, you know this to be true. However, if you’re like me, sometimes in the day to day living of life, it’s easy to get so busy and focus on things of this world rather than Heavenly things. That’s why I chose these passages to write about today. I wanted to remind fellow believers – and myself – that we are all new creations in Christ. Let’s live victoriously in that fact each day!



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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