A Statement to Hold On To

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 (2 Timothy 2).

Four “if’s”—three tenses. The fact is, from God’s perspective in the past, every believer did indeed “die with Him” (Romans 6:1-7), and therefore in the future “will also live with Him.” In the future, those who will ultimately “reign with Him,” had a history of indeed “enduring” to the end. In the present, those who claim to be His, yet “deny” (“reject”) Him, show that they are indeed not among the elect from before the foundation of the earth (Ephesians 1:4); and those who are His and yet temporarily become “faithless” by falling into sin, are not rejected by the One who will always remain faithful to them.

In summary, the “trustworthy statement” to hold on to is this: the elect have died with Christ, and though they may fall into sin, still, they will never reject or deny Him, but will indeed endure to the end, where they will live and reign with Him forever. 

Lord, may all who read this fall within this trustworthy statement of Paul. Help us This Day to live for You, rely on You, cling to You, and trust in You. Amen.