“If we 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.” II Timothy 2:11-13
A Trustworthy Statement
Immediately preceding the above passage, Paul calls what he is about to say “a trustworthy statement.” A more literal translation would be “a faithful word.” This is truly who our Lord is: both faithful and also the Word.
Paul’s “faithful word” begins with two wonderful promises: “If we died with Him, we will also live with Him; if we endure, we will also reign with Him.”
The next phrase is a strong warning against our denying Christ, and consequently being denied by Him. The last verse, however, is the most precious promise of all with its strong reminder of the believer’s eternal salvation in Christ.
The naked truth is that as believers we are often faithless, even though we don’t want to be. We find ourselves much like the father of the young boy Jesus healed saying “I do believe, help my unbelief” (Mark 9:34).
The verse in Second Timothy, however, assures us that even when we are faithless, He remains faithful because He absolutely cannot deny Himself. He is the “faithful Word” and no matter what we do, He will never be faithless toward us.
Nothing Can Separate Us…
This Second Timothy teaching corroborates Romans 8:38-39 that reads: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Again we find that nothing we ever do or that anyone does to us can separate us from God’s love.”
He remains faithful once we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our salvation doesn’t hang on the condition that we never are faithless or unbelieving, even for a moment. We are His eternally because He cannot deny Himself.
It has nothing to do with us; it has everything to do with Jesus’ nature to remain faithful—regardless. How wonderful that God continues to teach and speak to us through His Word. He assures us that His great love and promise of eternal salvation is not based on anything we do, but rests entirely on His grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).