“If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself” (II Timothy 2:12-13).
What is the difference between disowning Christ and being faithless?
The first is tragic because to disown Christ is followed by him disowning us. The second is encouraging because we sing with honesty, “Prone to wander Lord I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love.” Our missteps often disrupt faithful devotion to our Lord.
A stronger contrast
The first (“If we disown Him…”) seems to be a decisive and willful defiance. The second, (“if we are faithless”) seems more like a temporary weakness. When we feel plagued by doubts or unbelief, he remains faithful (πιστὸς). He does not abandon us, indeed, cannot abandon us because of our union with him — “for he cannot disown himself.”
The act of disowning Christ draws up the warning of…
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