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2 Timothy 3:12 -Living Godly in Christ

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2 Timothy 3:12
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

When it comes to the subject of persecution, most of us have other things to do. We don’t like to think of the possibilities this might mean. We don’t like persecution. I don’t think any of us like rejection or ridicule for our faith. We would rather not have to face it at all. But this verse says it is inevitable if you are in Christ.

Every Sunday the preacher preaches more godliness. He or she usually means to behave better. We should obey the Ten Commandments, all the church rules, and live according to the opinions of the church. Paul definitely didn’t mean that as he taught against such things. So what did Paul mean by “godly in Christ Jesus?” There are lots of translations for the word “godly” such as piously, live like a Christian, living in the knowledge of God, and live a religious life. Those words don’t seem to zero in much on the meaning.

We are to live godly in Christ. It means we should have our identity in Christ. Grace says we can’t perform to please God. Everything He has given us is a gift. So our life flows from our love for Jesus. “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you” (John 15:12). Our life is a response to knowing how much God loves us. The more we understand that God loves us the more we are like Him.

Living a godly life is allowing the fruit of His gifts to flow from us. Our life is a faith life and the fruit of the Spirit grows as we respond to what we believe about Jesus and His finished work. The Word is our guidebook. As we feed on the Word and believe what God says through it, our life will follow what we have in our heart. It’s what is in our heart that we will do. “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

Godliness is a gift. “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).