The saying is sure: ‘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 will also deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.’” vss. 11-132 Timothy 2:8-13
Being a Christian in the first century was a dicey experience. To be a believer was often dangerous. Persecutions and imprisonments were common. Leaders like Paul and others faced an uphill struggle in their proclamation of the gospel, and they spent much of their time offering encouragement to beleaguered believers. These few verses were likely part of a baptismal hymn that was familiar to many. They are a reminder of how important it was for believers to persevere and not be deniers of Christ. The words were a warning to be sure, but they also contain a promise that continues to bring hope. Hear again that word of grace: “If we are faithless, he remains faithful!” Wow! So often we think of faith as being our work, a trust commitment to Jesus that enables us to tap the riches of God’s grace. But God also has a faith commitment to us, and even when our reservoir of faith runs dry, God’s promises never fail. They are never revoked. Of course, it is best when we can live out our lives in obedience to the gospel imperative–that goes without saying. But we have a God who will never, ever, allow us to miss out on the joy of reconciliation and forgiveness.
Thought for the Day: What might cause me to become faithless?