Christ Won’t Deny Himself
Focus: 2 Timothy 2:11-13 - KJV
11. It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 12. If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 13. If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
2 Timothy 2:8-13
It is not a big deal for us to believe in the finished work on the cross. The work is simply that Christ was substituted for us in death. He died for the sin we committed in Adam, so that we may live. For us to so live however, we must identify with His death that we may be cleared from the guilt of that sin, and live by Him who died and rose again to give us hope. When we fail to identify with His death, we deny Him and call Him a liar. Incidentally, for anyone who denies Him, He promised to also deny the same before the father. Being denied before the father connotes that whatever provision that is available by the reason of His death and ransom is not available to the one denied. Nevertheless, whether we believe or not; or identify with His death or not, the fact of His death and resurrection which stand for the erasure of the sin of man is true. Since it is true, Christ’s faithfulness in that regard remains and cannot be denied. Even if everyone denies it, He will not deny Himself as He is true.
Consider the matter of the minister of the king in the days of Elisha. When the prophet said things would be cheap and famine would end, the minister was in denial. Elisha in turn denied the minister and when the truth of the word came manifesting, the minister was trampled upon never to partake in the good thereof. This is a forecast of the position of Christ and those who are in denial. Everyone that suffered the famine but believed the word of the prophet enjoyed the surplus safe the denying minister. The denial of the minister however, was inconsequential to the prophet.
Beloved, if we refuse from now till the kingdom comes to accept the truth of Christ, we are the ones denying ourselves the benefit of His deeds. What He has done has been done and can never be denied as its effects are real. If we therefore, fail to do what is needful, it takes nothing away from Him that did what has been done. On the contrary, we end up being the losers if we deny, in that we forfeit what is good and ordinarily ours. Know what? The benefits are not only available in heaven, it starts from this planet. Those who believe do big deals like casting out devils, healing the sick and never poisoned even when inflicted. They reign on earth and eventually reign hereafter with Christ, their benefactor.
SOLUTION: Nothing is lost if we believe the truth of God’s redemptive work. All is however lost if we fail to believe. Believing is getting born again. Sounds like a Christian bait? Well, it is the reality of things. A refusal to get born again is a denial of Christ which is done at the risk of being denied by Him in return. Let us get serious about the matter.
Father, we believe in you and have held on to you thus far. Please keep us in faith to the end in Jesus’ name. As we have suffered with you in this world by identifying with your death and sufferings, do make us to also live, enjoy and reign with you here and hereafter in Jesus’ name. All of our past denials, please forgive in Jesus’ name.
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