If we have died with Him, we will also live with Him;
if we endure, we will also reign with Him;
if we deny Him, He also will deny us;
if we are faithless, He remains faithful— for He cannot deny Himself.”
2 Timothy 2:11 — 13
My pondering: When Paul the apostle calls something out as trustworthy, we are well served to heed it. This passage is facinating. What awesome duality we so often see in life. The life here and now. And that of forevermore. Notice the ‘ifs’ and ‘wills’.
1) If we die, we will live. We must die to self and die physical to live with Christ. Think of a seed that becomes a tree. Or a caterpillar that becomes a butterfly.
2) If we endure, we will reign. Yes, this life is all about endurance. In this chapter Pauls compares life to three different occupations; soldier, athlete and farmer. They each require endurance to be successful. Is that not true? And if we endure and obey, then we shall reap the spoils, awards and crops.
3) If we deny Him, He will deny us. Salvation’s power is not based on us rather Christ. Without Jesus, we are nothing but a glider without wind or an engine with no fuel. Faith in Jesus is the jet fuel. No faith; no Jesus and no Jesus; no faith.
4) If we are faithless, He remains faithful. There are times when we wander. And sometimes when some may even leave. Think of the prodigal son. He left. His father said he was dead to Him. Yet, He never forget. When He saw His son return, He bolted after and welcomed Him home and threw a great party. Or think of Peter denying Christ 3x. God restores His own. God is good but he is not safe as CS Lewis reminded about Aslon. We know what happened to Judas. He was not restored.
So what can we gather from this? Stay alert, stay close, stay obedient to Jesus and He has got us covered.
My prayer: God of wonder, Your Word is deep. You are vast and mysterious yet simple as pie. Help me this hour and forevermore! Help me be an effective soldier, athlete and farmer of God.
“And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.” Acts 9:31b
The duality, the paradox, in life is intriguing and is in part what makes the word go around and it gives us a full spectrum of nature.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom as Kings David, Solomon and others taught us. The Holy fear of God is a real and healthy thing if we take head.
The comfort of the Holy Spirit is so sweet and reassuring. In this often hard and cold world, the Spirit is like a welcome soft and warm blanket, the ultimate comforter for His mercy and grace are fresh every morning.