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Motivational Music (2 Timothy 2:8-13)
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Sunday, 04 November 2012 00:00

In the faithful saying in 2 Timothy 2:11-13 we have two pillars of certainty in verses 11 and 13. These verses are strong statements of the truth of the believer’s eternal security.
 
Verse 12 then speaks of the believer’s opportunity to faithfully endure in one’s confession of Christ to the end of his/her life. The reward for doing so is the privilege of reigning with Jesus in His coming kingdom. On the other hand, if we deny Him (instead of enduring faithfully to the end), then He will deny us that privilege and opportunity to reign with Him in the world to come.

Verse 13 returns to the subject of verse 11 and speaks to God’s faithfulness to keep His promises whether or not His child lives faithfully or not. Because God is faithful, all believers will reside with Him for eternity. Residing with Him and reigning with Him are not the same thing!
If we are faithless, (literally, “unbelieving”)
He remains faithful;
He cannot deny Himself.
We see here the greatness of God’s grace toward us. When we at a moment in time believe in Jesus for eternal life, we are given life we can never lose (because it’s eternal!) as a gift from Him. Even if we stop believing, He remains faithful! God’s guaranteed gift of eternal life is unaffected by our faithfulness or unfaithfulness as His child. What is affected is our opportunity to reign with Him in His kingdom (verse 12).

Suppose a billionaire offered you a check for an extravagant amount like $25 Million. You thankfully accept the gift with your trembling hand. Similarly, the wonderfully amazing gift of eternal life is received through the empty hand of simple faith. As Augustus Toplady penned in verse 2 of the hymn “Rock of Ages”: ‘In my hand no price I bring; simply to Thy cross I cling.’

In our illustration, that staggering amount is now permanently credited to your bank account ~ just as Christ’s righteousness was credited to your personal spiritual account when you believed in Jesus for eternal life.

But now suppose that something terrible happened to your hand by which had accepted the gift from your Benefactor. Your hand became infected and was amputated. Now you have lost your hand which had received the gift, but the gift itself (the money in your bank account) is unaffected. What is affected is your ability to work and serve that generous Giver.

Similarly, if I tragically stop believing, I do not lose the gift which my faith had procured for me.
If I lose my hand (my faith), it will indeed impact my service for My Savior, but it will not affect the guaranteed gift my Savior has given to me. That is because His guarantee, His gift, is by His grace – not by my works.

The truth of God’s grace should produce in my heart an unfailing gratitude for the God of all grace, whose Son is full of grace and truth!
To Him be the glory!




 

 

 

 

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