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2 Timothy 2:12 – Reign With Him

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2 Timothy 2:12
“If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He also will deny us.”

For most believers when they read this verse, they can’t even get past the first three words. They hang their heads and think ‘oh, boy…in order to be able to reign with Christ when I get to Heaven, I’m going to have to suffer…”  It does say suffer, doesn’t it?

Unfortunately, the translation of the Greek word suffer, ὑπομένω, in the King James’ version doesn’t give us a complete picture and correct meaning. Here’s what Strong’s Dictionary gives as definitions of the Greek word ‘suffer’, and notice that nothing is mentioned about SUFFERING: abide, abode, asleep, sleep, behind, endure, enduring, patience, patient, patiently, tarry. When you look further into the meaning you even find it says have fortitude, persevere. That doesn’t sound like suffering, does it?

What IS Paul then telling us in 2 Timothy 2:12?

He wants us to understand that if we abide with Him (Christ), we will reign with Him. In other words, if we reside, make Him our abode, our dwelling place, then our residency is in our relationship with Christ. And it is in that relationship that we’ll reign with Him.

It’s a picture of Jesus as the Vine and you and me as the branches abiding in the Vine (John 15). Jesus told His disciples: “Abide in Me, and I in you…” (John 15:4) This abiding is living in the power of the risen Lord—His life in yours.

A branch cannot live apart from the vine; otherwise it will quickly dry up and die. You can’t expect to live a life full in God’s power if you don’t connect with Him and His Word. He is your source. You receive from Him.

Start seeing yourself living in the Vine, in Him. Don’t see yourself as having to suffer or be in sickness or affliction. Renew your mind to WHO you are in Christ Jesus through His Word, and then with a renewed mind you’ll understand and recognize that you have fortitude, you can persevere and endure as you take your place of power and rest in Jesus.

As John declares in Revelation 1:5-6: “…Unto Him that loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood. And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

From this position you will reign with Him because you are a joint-heir with Him. Rejoice because you can stand strong in Him, rooted and grounded in Jesus your Lord and in that position reign in His power over everything that affects your life. Praise the Lord!