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John 1:4 – Life in HimMay 25, 2014
2 Timothy 2:11
“It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with Him.”
Paul not only makes a faithful statement in this verse, but he also makes a very profound one. Yet, there is a stipulation. In order to also live with Him (Jesus), we must be dead. How can you die yet live? Is Paul talking opposites here?
What does Galatians 2:20 say? “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet hot I, but Christ liveth in me…” There’s the stipulation to 2 Timothy 2:11. It’s a death to the old man, the sinful self you were, and it is resurrection of life to the new creation you are IN Christ Jesus. You’ve died, yet you still live. You’ve exchanged your old life for a brand new one; and this new life is forever.
It’s interesting to note that Paul tells Timothy that it is a faithful saying. He is going to make a statement that is based on fact, not theory. It is something you can bank on. Something you can take to the bank. It is true and nothing will change the truthfulness and faithfulness of that statement. It will stand forever.
What comfort you can receive from this scripture knowing that it IS faithful, that the Creator of the Universe, your God and Savior, hasn’t changed the game rules to life. He said and promised that in taking His life you are guaranteed of living with Him forever.
In a world that is so focused on working the game to its own benefit, how refreshing to know that God is faithful to what He has said, to what He has promised, and He fulfills everything He’s provided and promised. The question you are then left with is this: Did you have your life transformed from the dead works, the deadness of your sin and have you become a new person in Christ?
If so, then you are assured that because you are/have died with Christ, you WILL live with Him. “God is not a man that He should lie….” (Numbers 23:19) It is a faithful saying and forever stands as God’s faithful promise to man.
Look forward to living with Him from this day forward, in this life right now, and soon in eternity. Greater glory and grace await those who are living with Him.