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Faithlessness and Denial

16 Feb

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful– for he cannot deny himself. (2 Timothy 2:11-13)

That last part (the bit in bold) is a very interesting, and is something we really need to understand correctly, as it implies that all Christianity is, is mumbling a prayer (getting a faith), and then going to live however we want, because, after all, Christ will remain faithful to us. This not true.

11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:11-14)

If we deny Christ, He will deny us. “Denying Him,” doesn’t, per se, mean stating out-loud that you “Deny Jesus.” Instead, if you just don’t give Him all your worship, then you’re denying Him; and situations to the like.

Now that we’ve established the definition of “denying Christ,” what exactly does it mean to be faithless to Him? Well, this is the thing: yes, if we deny Christ He’ll deny us. However, this doesn’t mean that if we fall to temptation we’re no longer Christian. Sometimes even the most faithful of Christians falls into some temptation, and thus becomes “faithless.” However, the real difference between denying, and being faithless to Jesus, is that being faithless is a temporary situation; every true Christian will, through the power of God, overcome. Yet if someone denies Christ, they aren’t Christians. Though, as we see in Peter’s case, (remember that he denied Christ three times) if someone repents, they can be saved.

15 Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, 16 but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.

 17 “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she asked Peter.

   He replied, “I am not.” (John 18:17)

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. (John 21:15-17)

So, to summarize: all Christians at some point fall to temptation; and are thus “faithless”. Yet God will bring them back! But those who deny Jesus, though they can be saved, will remain trapped in their temptation.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

P.S. Just to update everyone: my mom now has a sort of tingling numbness in her left arm (in addition to the pain in her chest), which is one of the symptoms of a heart attack, so she’s gone back to the hospital for the now. Please continue to pray for her.

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