Paul’s Faithful Sayings #4

The next of these sayings is found in 2 Timothy 2:11-13 and it goes like this:

This is a faithful saying:
     For if we died with Him,
     We shall also live with Him.
If we endure,
     We shall also reign with Him.
     If we deny Him,
     He also will deny us.
If we are faithless,
     He remains faithful;
     He cannot deny Himself.

 Here it is again with some brief commentary:

This is a faithful saying:
     For if we died with Him,
     We shall also live with Him.

Receiving new life in Christ involves dying – dying to self, dying to our old life.  We are no longer our own because we understand that He bought us and we live accordingly.

If we endure,
     We shall also reign with Him.
     If we deny Him,
     He also will deny us.

The born again person will stick it out.  Some people make emotional decisions for Christ that don’t last.  Let’s not imagine that the evidence for eternal salvation is seen in a raised hand, a prayed prayer or filling out a response card at a Christian event.  Everlasting life is, well, everlasting, and without faith in Christ it isn’t there – regardless of what seemed to be there at one time.

If we are faithless,
     He remains faithful;
     He cannot deny Himself.

God’s faithfulness doesn’t depend on my faith – or anyone else’s.  Whew, that’s a relief.  God would be in big trouble if He had to count on us.  But it’s a big, faith-building truth that we can always count on Him.

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