Growing up there were certain things my parents made my siblings and I KNOW as important. These commands and virtues were repeated to us time and again. One of such was lying, they made us to understand that they would not take lying lightly and gave us really hot spanks to drive it home. This is because they thought it was important for us to become truthful people.
Now my husband and I have not ceased telling our children how we consider lying a very grave offence and how they must always tell the truth no matter what it is. We emphasis on this because it is very important for their souls and their souls are very important to us.
I find that many times in scriptures, we are reminded of some things that have already been said before, or we are told to remember the truths being shared. For example in 2 Peter it is written;
For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. 2 Peter 1:12 NKJV
And then in James 1;
But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. James 1:5 NKJV
Now each time I come across scriptures that have to do with reminding or remembrance like the above, I read and re-read, just to make sure I get a hold of what God is teaching there. I do this because I believe they must be important. Now do not misunderstand me, every word of God is important. But I always pay particular attention to verses like those. One that I saw recently is in 2 Timothy.
This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. 12 If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. 13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. 14 Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers.
2 Timothy 2:11-14 NKJV
1. If we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. Verse 11
If we died to sin like He died to sin on the cross, then we are alive unto God forever like He rose up and lives to die no more. We shall live with Him together, forever, in bliss and glory.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, Romans 6:8 NKJV
Refusing to yield to the desires of the flesh, and there by dying daily to the flesh will enable us live forever with Christ. This is an IMPORTANT truth.
2. If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. Verse 12a
This means that if we suffer or endure trials in, with and for Christ, if we suffer persecutions, shame and reproach like He did, then we shall reign with Him now and in eternity.
…And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. Romans 8:17 NKJV
No wonder God through Apostle James encouraged that we should count it all joy when we fall into various trials… James 1:2
Enduring trials, reproach and persecution for God and His kingdom, without giving up or giving in will afford us the opportunity to also reign with Him. This is an IMPORTANT truth.
3. If we deny Him, He will also deny us. Verse 12b
If we deny Him with our words or actions, if we are ashamed to proclaim Him Lord in public, if we refuse to acknowledge Him as Lord of our lives, then He will deny us and be ashamed of us also when He returns.
For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels. Luke 9:26 NKJV
But whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 10:33 NKJV
Jesus is supposed to present us to The Father upon His return, but those who refused to present Him to their world, those who were ashamed of Him, those who denied Him, He will also deny. This is an IMPORTANT truth.
4. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. Verse 13
If we refuse to believe Him, believe in Him or believe in His existence, this cannot change Him or make Him deny Himself. He is true, truth and shall remain faithful and true to who He is and what He has said.
What if some did not believe and were without faith? Does their lack of faith and their faithlessness nullify and make ineffective and void the faithfulness of God and His fidelity [to His Word]? Romans 3:3 AMP
Whether or not we believe God, believe in Him and believe that He is, does not change who God is.
This is an IMPORTANT truth.
These are some of the foundational truths of our faith. These truths help us walk the narrow path we have been called to, and walk in it effectively and efficiently to the end, to that point we can be called good and faithful servants.
I hope you find these to be truths, I hope you find them as important as I do.
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