2 Timothy 2:11-13 (NIV)
Here is a trustworthy saying; If we died with Him we will also live with Him; if we endure, we will also reign with Him, if we disown Him, He will also disown us;If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.
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It says, “if we deny Him, He will also deny us; If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.”
Can a person deny what they never believed? If a person denies Jesus, does that mean that once they believed but now they don’t?
It sounds like Paul is saying that’s how we can lose our salvation, by denying Him after we accepted Him.
But it is says, “if we are faithless, He will remain faithful…”
So, is this a matter of a man who believed, but no longer believes? If he turns his back on Christ and says he no longer believes, does Christ disown him?
The Lord says in Psalm 37:28 (KJV) “For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.”
Does He change His mind if we change ours?
If, when we choose to believe the promise, He enters in to dwell in us, does He no longer live in us if we deny Him?
Or, having believed, and Christ has come to reside in us, is His promise true? Will He never leave us or forsake us? (Hebrews 13:5)
If Jesus spoke the truth, then those He denies must be those who never truly knew Him in the first place.
I don't know about you, but as the parent of an adult child who walked away from his faith,
this gives me immeasurable hope!
Jesus is ever faithful!
He will NEVER forsake those who placed their faith in Him.
The time will come when all who have walked away will remember the truth,