God's Truth, The Foundation Stone // Thursday, October 23
Posted: Thursday, October 23
2 Timothy 2:1-21
Verse of the day:
But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.”
(2 Timothy 2:19)
This is a really cool picture that Paul describes for us to help explain the power of God’s truths! And the principles here, I believe, have the power to encourage and change your life! Before we dive into the the metaphors, we first need to figure out what ‘God’s truth’ actually refers to in this verse. Earlier in this passage Paul is writing to his young padawon Timothy on how to deal with those are teaching lies and confusion in the church about Jesus and the way of living out the Christian faith. He refers to his teachings as, “God’s truth” as well as the church as a whole. He then explains that the church and its teachings are from and sturdy - they’re not going anywhere. And as we can see 2,000 years later we’re still quoting Paul and the rest of the Bible!
He calls the church a foundation stone. If you know anything about buildings (which I don’t know like anything) you know that the foundation is the most important part because it lays the floor for everything else to be built upon it. Everything God wants to do he does through His church because the church are His people, redeemed by Him. It’s also an interesting note that this life is only a beginning, and that “His Church” is but a foundation for what will be done after Jesus returns and creates a new Heaven and new Earth.
The verse continues with 2 verse from the Old Testament that Paul illustrates are written on the foundation, meaning they are the 2 standards by which the foundation stands. The first verse, “The Lord knows those who are his,” comes from Numbers 16:5 and paints so beautifully God’s grace. All of us have sinner and are considered sinners in God’s eyes. We’ve all done things we know is inherently wrong, whether it’s by our own code or the code we’ve learned from the Bible. Regardless, we’re all covered in sin, but because of Jesus’ sacrifice have been cleansed of our sin and are then saved by God’s grace. Grace is a gift given that we don’t deserve, and Jesus dying on the cross for us is the highest extent of grace ever displayed. We were always wanted by God, we chose to turn from Him by turning to sin. And as Numbers 16:5 says, we are saved by grace and God knows who is His.
The second verse is from Isaiah 52:11 and is a follow up to the Numbers 16:5 verse. It says, ““All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.” In our relationship with God, grace has been extended towards us so that there is never condemnation when turning to God, only mercy. Now that our relationship is restored, we must do all that we can to continue in that relationship with God. Each time we willingly sin we choose to turn away from our relationship with God. Just as in a marriage I am faithful to my wife to show my love for her, so also God views our relationship with Him.
It’s the simplest explanation of the Christian faith - that Jesus saved us from our sins by His grace and so we live our lives devoted to Him - that the church’s foundation is built upon. This truth will stand forever because it’s that, truth. No other religion, philosophy, or action will ever be able to squash what Jesus did and thank God for that, because I could never solve the sin issue on my own!
Pastor Joshua Humpa // Special Events Pastor