“The Solid Foundation”
Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are His, and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” 2Timothy 2:19
In this part of the Apostle Paul’s letter to Timothy, Paul is giving Timothy some sound advice, concerning the attributes of a GOOD worker, and dealing with false teachers. He is telling Timothy that there are some who are departing from the TRUTH, and are destroying the faith of some.
As words of encouragement for Timothy, the Apostle Paul encourages him with these words: “Nevertheless, God’s SOLID foundation stands firm,” the SOLID FOUNDATION, which Paul was alluding to is the CHURCH, the BODY of BELIEVERS. And that the defection of the two mentioned in the seventeenth verse, Hymenaeus and Philetus, should not shake Timothy’s confidence.
God’s SOLID FOUNDATION, the Church, is sealed with this inscription, which is in two parts: “The Lord KNOWS those who are His,” this is the first part of the inscription. This authenticates the relationship that God has with His TRUE Children, He KNOWS them PERSONALLY, and He is not fooled by those who try to sneak into His fold as wolves in sheep’s clothing.
The second part of the inscription says that: “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn AWAY from wickedness.” ALL of the TRUE Children of God, who confesses the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, has the responsibility of REJECTING sin, by TURNING AWAY FROM wickedness. They should keep their HEARTS and MINDS from being polluted with wickedness.
This inscription, which is used as a SEAL indicates the authenticity and integrity of the SOLID FOUNDATION, the Church, the body of believers, who STANDS FIRM and will not be shaken. Just as with the fact that there will always be a remnant of the nation of Israel, there will always be the CHURCH, the BODY of BELIEVERS, the BODY of the LORD JESUS CHRIST!
Are you a part of that SOLID FOUNDATION? Just attending a local church, does not make you a part of the SOLID FOUNDATION, you MUST come to Jesus with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and become a part of the SOLID FOUNDATION, the CHURCH, the BODY of BELIEVERS, the BODY of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!