2 Timothy 3:12

Monday, 23 April 2018

Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12

Paul has been speaking of his own sufferings and persecutions. He has noted that Timothy shared in them with him, and that he understood all that he was relaying intimately. But now, knowing that his letter will be read and dispersed to the church, he ensures that all who read it will understand that the sufferings are not unique to him. Instead, they are to be the standard for all of God’s faithful. And so he says, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus.”

Notice that he does not say, “all saved by Christ Jesus.” There are saved, and then there are saved who desire to live holy, godly lives. Paul doesn’t question salvation, but he directs sanctification. Further, he makes godliness exclusive by saying, “live godly in Christ Jesus.” As is noted by the famous German scholar –

“There is no godliness out of Christ Jesus.” Johann Bengel

Godliness is exclusive to life in Christ. People can act out a form of godliness in any religion, even Christianity, but they may deny either the Source of the godliness, or its power. This is noted by Paul in verse 3:5. Without Christ, true godliness cannot be attained. Paul then says that for the category of believers who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus, that “they will suffer persecution.”

Godliness is, by its very nature, at enmity with the things of the world. When people see someone pursuing righteousness in Christ Jesus, they perceive their own ungodliness, and they take offense at it. This has always been the case, and it is increasing almost geometrically in today’s world. This is so much so that pastors of churches are taking down crosses, amending their message to be more “seeker friendly” (which simply means that they don’t want to offend), changing the nature of the worship services, etc. These men may be saved, but they do not desire to live godly in Christ Jesus, and they do not desire that their own congregants strive for godliness or holiness as well.

But for those who do, suffering persecution is to be expected. It can even be expected from these anemic, weak, insipid, and ineffective pastors and congregants. Promote holiness on social media, and quite often, it is another Christian who will bring on the attack. Such is the nature of encouraging godliness in Christ Jesus.

Life application: Are you experiencing persecution for your stand on righteousness? Good job! Keep it up.

Lord God, Your word says that those who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. This is for sure. It is even true as fellow Christians strive against those who desire to preach holiness, ensure holiness is maintained, and to speak against ungodliness. Your word states what we are to strive for, and so give us strength to not be weak in the face of those who are seeking political correctness, Christianity-lite, or easy theology which avoids possible confrontation concerning Your glory. Amen.

4 thoughts on “2 Timothy 3:12

  • Monday, April 23rd, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Persecution has so many forms I think we sometimes miss when we are being persecuted ? We recognize physical persecution but Being rejected by people and family when sharing Gods word is a form of mental and sometimes verbal persecution. Please correct me if I am wrong! What qualifys as persecution has been an on going question for me. We are blessed to live in a country where we are protected from physical abuse for our beliefs ( for now) but the mental persecution is ramping up with increadable speed and the physical abuse is at the door.i pray the rapture happens before full fledge physical persecution comes to America.
    Grace Mercey and Peace on you and yours
    God Bless my friend

  • Monday, April 23rd, 2018 at 10:36 am

    BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! Yes Gordon it seems not far away that persecutions take a physical toll, at least on a whole . But depending where you go it could be words of vitriol or the attempt on your life. May we be blessed not to have to endure such things but if we do let the love of GOD come and direct us in wisdom and fearlessness.

  • Monday, April 23rd, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Amen S Lewis

  • Monday, April 23rd, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Bless you gentlemen. It is so nice to come here after sermon typing and read your words. God bless you.



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