He Is Faithful
While the way we live as Christians, will greatly impact the quality of our walk with Jesus, know this. Our salvation is entirely dependent on Jesus alone!
In writing to Timothy, Paul reminds Timothy of a saying, that was known in the Early Church.
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.
2 Timothy 2:11-13.
Take a moment to reflect on each line of the saying.
i. If we died with Him, we shall also live with Him.
To die in Christ is to put to death our own desires and choices and to choose Jesus first. It means to be dead to this world and to be dead to our desires. It means taking up our cross daily to follow Jesus. This is talking about how we live as a Christian. If my life is deliberately in Christ, then He is faithful, and He will live His life in me.
ii. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him.
Here is the essence of victory. No competition is won, without the sacrifice of time and effort. No athlete, no sporting team, turns up on the day with a ‘Ho Hum, whatever’ attitude and walks away with the victory. No mountain climber ever conquers a peak, while giving in to the thought, ‘This is too hard, I can’t be bothered’. Victory begins with bothering, it begins with caring, it begins with resolve. If we are persistent in serving Christ, He shall surprise us with incredible victories.
Iii. If we deny Him, He will deny us.
This is straight forward. In the moment of pressing, If we say, “I am not one of Christ’s, then on the
Day of Judgment, Jesus will say, “This one did not choose me” This may seem harsh. It simply means, that if we follow Jesus when our friends say that they belong to Jesus, and we don’t follow Jesus, when we are with people that are not Christian, then we are ‘people pleasers’ and not serious about our faith.
But then comes the curious qualifier of the saying.
iv. If we are faithless, He is faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
Jesus promised He would never leave or forsake us. So if our circumstances are overwhelming and we sink with disbelief, He does not abandon us. In Matthew 14:26-33, is the story of Jesus walking on water. In this account, Peter starts to walk to Jesus, then feeling overwhelmed by his situation begins to sink, then Jesus takes his hand and saves him. Peter’s walk and fail, is an example of this. Starting out with faith, he becomes overwhelmed by his circumstances. He gives up on the promise of Jesus, but Jesus does not give up on Peter.
Our salvation is not tied to our victories in Christ or is it lost through our failures. Our salvation is tied to Jesus and He is faithful.
To have victory, we must partner with Christ in His work. If we don’t care, the Work God gives us will fail. We will not see victory and we will not see the abundant blessings of a life lived in Jesus. However, do not think that our diligence is the source of our salvation. It is not. We are saved by God’s grace and choosing alone. To Him be the glory Amen.