2 Timothy is the last letter from Paul in scripture and potentially the last letter he ever wrote. Paul wrote it shortly before his execution in Rome and he wrote it to a man he cared for deeply, Timothy. We should definitely pay close attention to the words of a godly man near death, especially when they are started with, "This is a trustworthy saying:". And this is exactly what we find here in verse 11.
"If we die with him, we will also live with him."
-The promise of eternal life through Christ. Paul, at the end of his life and after everything he has done, knows he will live on with his God. This is the same promise we have in Jesus.
-Also, we can see that the only way to truly live while we are here on this earth is through following Jesus.
"If we endure hardship, we will reign with him."
-Our God is so good that he will reward us for the steps of obedience we take. Paul must have a great joy knowing the unimaginable riches he will have in the kingdom of Heaven. Our loving Father does stop with blessing us with life and salvation, but he has a desire for us to reign with him with imperishable riches in heaven.
"If we deny him, he will deny us"
-This seems harsh, but is the reality of Jesus being the only way into the kingdom.
-What this statement means as well is our God is extending an invitation to you and his desire is for you to accept him. To walk with him. He is not asking for you to perform for his love but to simply receive the invitation of love he gives to you.
"If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is."
-This is one of the most amazing things about our Father. It is actually impossible for him to be unfaithful to things he has promised and said.
-Even when we, as sons and daughters of God, are unfaithful, our Father has adopted us and promised that there is no condemnation for us in Jesus. We are without blemish in his eyes because of the sacrifice of Jesus.
My challenge for you is to simply meditate on each of these truths, especially the last one. Speak or think them until you feel as though you are beginning to believe them. Believing these truths about our God can change everything.
Would you show me what it means to die with you so I may live with you?
Would you teach me to endure hardship so I may reign with you?
Jesus, I believe you are the only way into eternal life. Thank you for your invitation of life and love.
And thank you God that you are always faithful to who you are and everything you speak. Help me to fully believe your faithfulness.
- John Meyne