2 Timothy 3:12

2 Timothy 3:12

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus
shall suffer persecution.”
2 Timothy 3:12

“Saints and persecution will juncture inevitably. It may range from a subtle remark with cutting propensity or out and out torture, but it will be recognizable persecution.”
– C.R. Oliver (From his book: “Called to be Saints”)

It is interesting to note that the onus of the scripture above is on the word “live” (“all who live godly shall suffer persecution”). The worldly and the religious have very few issues with the words and confessions of people. But persecution and strife come to those who LIVE godly in Christ Jesus. Wherever the light of Christ is expressed in terms of how one lives, the spirit of this world, ruling in the lives of those who love darkness will rise in hatred to oppose its shining. The light of truth exposes that which is false and pretentious in the darkness.

The Light has come and more importantly IS come to be in those who walk with Him in spirit and in truth.

“This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light, and doesn’t come to the light, lest his works would be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God.”
John 3:19-21

True disciples “do the truth”; more than a confession it is a life filled with walking it out. In the doing of the truth, they come to THE LIGHT, grow in the light, and by their works reveal that they are of Him. It is the actual doing of the works of God that will cause the world to hate us.

“Marvel not, my brethren,
If the world hate you.”
1 John 3:13

Brian Troxel

 

Substantive Life

Substantive Life

“That I may cause those that love me
to inherit substance”
Proverbs 8:21

God’s purpose has always been to make those who love Him, evident tokens of Himself. In things pertaining to the spirit there is a transpiring within whereby the thing believed becomes the reality of the life lived. In Hebrews chapter eleven we read that “Faith is the… substance…”; those in whom faith is real become the very evidence of things hoped for. The reality of Christ within must, by His nature, produce within an obvious revelation of Him without. It is inconceivable to have the majestic Christ within without radical and continuous changes to our walk in this world. The power of His Word infused with the wonder of His Holy Spirit is to the end that we would bear His image in this world.

“Herein is our love made perfect,
that we may have boldness in the day of judgment:
because as He is, so are we in this world
1 John 4:17

The reason for a confidence in the Day of Judgment is because we have allowed His Life to produce in us a likeness of Him in this world! The substance of His life developed in us what we are to impart to those around us. Peter declared to the crippled man

“…but such as I have give I thee:
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk”
Acts 3:6

Spiritual substance is the result of our yielding to the power of His Spirit; the forming in us of the Pearl of Great Price! He is the precious treasure. In Him we are no longer barren, poor or found wanting. As the power of the Living Christ makes us One with Him, His virtues become ours through a vital and substantive relationship with Him.

“That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life”
1 Timothy 6:18-19

Those who are rich in Christ internally, will be rich in the good works of Christ externally. The power of the good works is directly related to the substance of Christ internally. We can only distribute the substance of Christ in proportion to the substance we have.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;
teaching and admonishing one another…”
Colossians 3:16

The depth of our teaching and the power of our admonishing one another will be according to the depth and power of His Word which dwells within us.

Let us be encouraged in His heart and His purposes for us. He has made a covenant with us to cause us to inherit substance, His substance, that we may be light in this world.

“That I may cause those that love me
to inherit substance”
Proverbs 8:21

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“…that as He is
so are we in this world”
1 John 4:17

Brian Troxel