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?