2 Timothy 2:1, 11-13 – “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus…..11 It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; 12 If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us; 13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” NASU
How about you, do you want to be “Strong in Grace?” I believe that I can answer that for you without violating your right to make the decision for yourself and say, YES! Paul identified in verses 11-13 some truths regarding our walk in Christ in this life by saying:
- If we have died in Him we will also live in Him.
- If we endure we will reign.
- If we deny Him, He will deny us.
- If we are faithless, He will remain faithful
- God cannot deny Himself.
We are dead in Christ through the “new birth” and have been made a new creation through the gift of Salvation. The result of that is that one day we will live with Him eternally! Jesus never hid the fact that we would face difficulties in life and in the Christian walk and neither does Paul. He tells us the end of that enduring is reigning with Jesus. He warns that if we deny the Lord, God will deny us on that day and that is not something that any of us desires. He tells us that we may be less than faithful but God will always be faithful because He cannot deny Himself and He is faithful.
So to be “Strong in Grace” is to embrace the faith that is in Jesus Himself. It is to allow the Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts, words, and deeds. It is to allow the Holy Spirit to shed the Love of God abroad in our hearts and to teach us all things that Jesus said. It is to allow the Holy Spirit to quicken our mortal bodies so that we shake off the shackles of carnality and move into the realm of the spiritual. It is to become focused on the King and the Kingdom of God as paramount and supreme above all else. It is to TOTALLY SURRENDER our life, all of it to GOD!
It is in that condition and position that we become “Strong in Grace” and no matter what comes we come out the other side IN CHRIST and therefore VICTORIOUS.
May God be with you as you go through your day!