The Danger of Denying Christ
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2 Timothy 2: 12 (KJV)
12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us.
While to the faithful and the believer, He will grant to sit down with Him on His throne, the faithless and unbeliever will have no share in the glories of the life to come. These grave warnings are apparently addressed rather to unfaithful members of the outward and visible Church, than to the Pagan world who have never known Christ. The words, “He also will deny us,” imply something of a recognition on the part of us who are denied by Him—something of an expectation on our part that He would recognize us as friends. They are evidently an echo of the Lord’s own sad reply to those many who will say to Him in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? . . . and then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:22-23, 10:33 and Mark 8:33.)
The latter part is a threatening for the purpose of shaking off sloth; for he threatens that they who, through the dread of persecution, leave off the confession of his name, have no part or lot with Christ. How unreasonable is it, that we should esteem more highly the transitory life of this world than the holy and sacred name of the Son of God! And why should he reckon among his people those who treacherously reject him? Here the excuse of weakness is of no value; for, if men did not willingly deceive themselves with vain flatteries, they would constantly resist, being endued with the spirit of strength and courage. Their base denial of Christ proceeds not only from weakness, but from unbelief; because it is in consequence of being blinded by the allurement of the world, that they do not at all perceive the life which is in the kingdom of God. But this doctrine has more need of being meditated on than of being explained; for the words of Christ are perfectly clear, “Whoever shall deny me, him will I also deny” (Matthew 10:33.) It remains that everyone considered with himself, that this is no childish terror, but the judge seriously pronounces what will be found, at the appointed time, to be true.
We see as been pointed out how the faithful saying went on with this stirring declaration. How, it seems to ask, can a believer in Christ shrink from suffering, when he knows what to him will be the glorious consequences of this present suffering? The word rendered “suffer” would be better translated, if we endure—that is, if we bravely bear up against sufferings for His sake, and all the while work on with hand and brain for Him and for our brother as best we can. If we do this in this life, we shall, in the life to come, reign with Him, which is more than merely live with Him, as the last verse told us: we shall even “be kings with Him.” (Romans 5:17; 8:17; and Revelation 1:6, where Jesus Christ is especially spoken of as having made us “kings.”) The promise then is woven into the faithful saying, and repeated in these several passages, of the “reign of the saints in Christ,” gives us a strangely glorious hope, a marvelous outlook, concerning the active and personal work which Christ’s redeemed will be entrusted with in the ages of eternity. Paul is teaching us a very important lesson of the Christian life. it is one of hard work, willing obedience and patient endurance, even in the midst of suffering and pain. He reminds us that because of our identification with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, we are victorious. Because we are identified with His death, we are saved from the penalty of sin – justified. Because we identified with His life, we are being saved, from the power of sin throughout our Christian life – through the ongoing process of sanctification.
Too often there are those who are not prepared to suffer for Christ’s sake deny the Lord Who bought them. They spurn God’s promise that His grace is sufficient. They refuse to trust in the Lord with all their heart. This is living in unbelief. It is a blatant denial of the Lord. Every believer is bought with a price – the precious blood of Christ, BUT if we deny Him His right to our life, through unbelief or carnality – we are warned that He will deny us. Every Christian is expected to walk in spirit and truth, so that our lives maybe honoring to the Lord. None of these things are easy, but God has promised to reward all who suffer for His name sake. Let us not be found wanting in our Christian walk.
Have a great and God filled day!