Be Faithful

2 Timothy 2:11-19 (NIV)

2:11 Die To Sin

"If we died with Him, we will also live with Him."

The death here is a death to sin.

Since we are saved by grace, we are to deny sin in our lives.

We won't want to continue in sin.

We will desire to live a life pleasing to God, in love and thankfulness for His sacrifice for us.


2:12 Endure The Trials Of Faith

"If we endure, we will also reign with Him."

There is an endurance that is necessary in the Christian walk.

It is a continuing and growing faith.

We can't give up.

We can't flake out.

We have got to keep going and persevering through trials and sufferings.


And if we endure, we will be rewarded at the end of our race.

We will rule and reign with the Lord Jesus Christ as kings and priests in His new kingdom.


"If we disown Him, He will also disown us"

If we fail to endure, we are saying that the Lord Jesus Christ wasn't enough to carry us through our difficulties.

We are saying that the power of His resurrection was insufficient.

If we have done this and are feeling condemned, we must repent of the sin.


2:13 God Is Faithful To His Word

"If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself"

Even when people do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, even when they reject the gospel, God remains faithful to His Word.

He will never deny that He has promised salvation to all who believe.


2:14-15 Don't Wrangle About Words

Pastor is to charge the people not to wrangle about words.

When Christians argue over trivial matters, it brings ruin to the hearers.

Being argumentative with other Christians will quickly turn people away from desiring salvation.


Christians are to prove themselves to be honorable, trustworthy, regarding the Word of God, a workman who doesn't need to be ashamed.

They are to handle the word of truth accurately.


2:16-19 The Lord Knows Those Who Are His

If we are the Lord's, He knows it.

He also knows if we are not His.

Today, if we are not His, He is calling us to repentance.