Do You Ignore 2 Timothy 3:12?

A promise is a declaration that something will or will not be done, or given.  It is an absolute assurance on which expectation is to be based.  In 2 Timothy 3:12 God makes us a promise.  “Indeed, all desiring to live in a godly manner in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” When I read this, I think of two things: I ask why, and I examine.

a) Why will those who desire godliness, to be like Jesus, be persecuted?  Because this world has been blinded by the prince of the power of the air (2 Cor. 4:4).  Because as they hated Jesus, they will hate us (John 15:20).  Because we must enter the kingdom of God through many tribulations (Acts 14:22).  Because we are living in “violent, hard” times surrounded by devils and evil men and women (2 Tim. 3:1-9).  Because aliens do not fit in, and that’s what we are ( 1 Peter 2:11).

b) This makes me examine (2 Cor. 13:5) my life.  Why?  Because I wonder what it means if I do not experience any persecution.  If I don’t, I fear I only have two options.  I either fit in to much with this world, or I do not spend any real time with unbelievers.  Either way, my life and my beliefs must not seem offensive to them, and therefore they recognize me as one of their own, not as an alien.  Either way this makes me ask, “Am I a true believer?”

Are you?  What do you do with 2 Timothy 3:12?

4 thoughts on “Do You Ignore 2 Timothy 3:12?

  1. This is a good word, Adam. While I understand your sentiment with this, it’s discouraging to know that institutions like Westboro Baptist Church, or other faiths with a similar belief of how persecution is to be received prosper and persevere under a similar pretense. Where should the line be drawn for those of us who should expect resistance yet still push forward? I do understand that you can be a witness showing grace and compassion, and still be persecuted. Actually doing that is what separates us from the likes of those whom I’ve mentioned, but it’s still something to be mindful of. I don’t believe that just because you are being persecuted that you are being effective.

    1. Amen indeed sir! I think the line is drawn clear for us to see that it must be gospel itself and nothing else that causes others to stumble rather than us causing the stumbling. Thoughts?

      1. I agree completely. The gospel will cause anyone to stumble, Christians included. That distinction that you mentioned makes all the difference.

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