Read 2 Timothy 2:1-26
Over the years, I have witnessed some “worship wars.” That is not a modern day reality show, whereby worshipers are judged with regard to sincerity, quality, and biblical accuracy of their worship. Instead, it has been people at odds with one another over music style, instruments, volume, and more. Thankfully, there is no single musical style that exclusively pleases God. And thankfully, tension is relieved at Grace by offering two different venues with two different styles.
Ever wonder what songs were used in the first century church? It is safe to say that this predates songs like “Wonderful Grace of Jesus” and the use of electric guitars. Occasionally, the Scriptures let us listen in to some of the lyrics. In fact, many theologians agree that 1 Timothy 2:11-13 represent words to a Christian song, with which the early church was apparently familiar. Of special interest to us are the words that remind us of God’s faithfulness in verse 13:
“…if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13 NIV)
Before we consider God’s unconditional faithfulness in claiming His children, let me point out that there are promises of God that are conditional. For example, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NIV) Did you notice how my forgiveness is contingent upon my confession?
Meanwhile, aren’t you glad to know that God’s faithfulness in claiming Christ followers as His own is not contingent upon the degree to which we are fully surrendered and obedient at any point in time? He remains faithful to us in spite of lapses when we are unfaithful to Him. His faithfulness is not a wishy washy uncertainty that should cause you to question, “Will He stand by me as one of His children? I mean look at what I have done/thought/said?” Thankfully, He is forever faithful in spite of our faithless moments!
He is a faithful God!