2nd Timothy 2:13

If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself

The word ‘believe’ according to Webster’s Dictionary is defined: “To credit upon the authority or testimony of another; to be persuaded of the truth of something upon the declaration of another, or upon evidence furnished by reasons, arguments, and deductions of the mind, or by other circumstances, than personal knowledge. When we believe upon the authority of another, we always put confidence in his veracity.”  The Apostle Paul in his writings to Timothy refers to the existence and infinite presence of Christ as it relates to man’s acceptance of Him as Messiah to admonish young Timothy to endure hardships, coexistent with his belief in Christ.  Paul alludes to the fact that our unfaithfulness does not negate the fact that God is faithful, for it is His attribute… He cannot act otherwise.  “If we believe not…”  Jesus Christ is still the same yesterday, today and forever; faithful.  Matthew Henry’s comments on 2nd Timothy 2:13 states: “To encourage Timothy in suffering, the apostle puts him in mind of the resurrection of Christ (2nd Timothy 2:8): Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead, according to my gospel. This is the great proof of his divine mission, and therefore a great confirmation of the truth of the Christian religion; and the consideration of it should make us faithful to our Christian profession, and should particularly encourage us in suffering for it. Let suffering saints remember this. Observe 1. We are to look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who, for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despised the shame, and has now sat down at the right hand of the throne of God, Hebrews 12:2.  2. The incarnation and resurrection of Jesus Christ, heartily believed and rightly considered, will support a Christian under all sufferings in the present life.”

He abideth…” [Exist, dwell, rest, continue, stand firm, or be stationary for anytime indefinitely] in His faithfulness.   The psalmist speaks of the faithfulness of God as being showed forth every night (cf. Psalm 92:2) denoting His divine providence toward us on a continuous basis.  The children of Israel in the wilderness experienced His faithfulness as He rained manna from heaven day by day.  In spite of their many acts of unfaithfulness, He remained faithful in every promise.  Recorded in Psalm 121:1 we read of the downfall of man, as his faith diminishes: “Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.”  King Solomon shares the sentiments of the psalmist by penning these words: “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” (cf. Proverbs 20:6)  But of the steadfast unchangeable faithfulness of Christ, none can refute.  It can only be written: “Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.” (cf. Psalm 36:5)

He cannot deny Himself” for to do so would eliminate the very act of creation itself and the plan of redemption for mankind.  He would fail to be God if man’s faithlessness was a prerequisite for His faithfulness.  We must become cognizant or live with the reality that our failures or lack of faith could never change who He is, or His attributes.  Hallelujah! He is faithful!   Psalm 89:1 says: “I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations.”   Finally, in Lamentations 3:22-23 we read: “It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”  To reiterate the words of the Apostle Paul: “If we are not faithful, He will still be faithful. Christ cannot deny who He is.” (cf. 2nd Timothy 2:13 Contemporary English Version translation).

Posted by Prophetess Franceine M. Anson