The Foundation of God Standeth Sure

2TIMOTHY 2. “The Foundation of God Standeth Sure.” “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2Tim 2:19) In Paul’s Second Epistle to Timothy, he spends much of the Epistle encouraging Timothy, and warning him about the dangerous days in which he lived, and the apostasy of many who professed to know Jesus Christ. In our text passage the Apostle Paul lets Timothy know that the Works of God are certain and sure – even when men aren’t. And there are signs that prove the sincerity of man, and the Holy Intentions of God.

I think this verse, and the surrounding context, is very applicable for our time as well. There is a lot of fear, trepidation, doubt, and worry in the lives of Christians today. Men and women worry about tomorrow – almost to the point that it ruins their today. They are led astray by false teachers, who feed upon their doubt and lack of knowledge. In the verses preceding our text verse, we are warned about those who preach falsehood, and who lead many astray: “But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.” (2Tim 2:16-18) We must study the Word of God, and be prepared to resist the false teaching of others! “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2Tim 2:15)Remember, as the text verse tells us, “The Foundation of God Standeth Sure.”

This “Foundation” that Paul speaks of, might be the Faith that we have in Jesus Christ; it could be considered the System of Faith which is the pattern for our Faith and Worship; it could be the Faith in the coming of Jesus Christ and the Resurrection of the saints of God; or, it could be – and I think this is the most applicable for us today – the monumental and comforting truth, that “The Lord Knoweth Them That Are His.” Our salvation – even the faith that has been granted unto us, and the faith that governs our worship and service unto God – is built upon the Foreknowledge and Predestination of our God in Heaven. He knew each of those who are His, before the world ever was. The foundation of our salvation is more ancient than the world itself!

Also, let’s pay attention to the words that Paul used, especially as he says, “…the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal.” Those of us who are saved are sealed unto God. The Covenant that contains (or is) our salvation is approved by God; ordained by God; accomplished by God; and then applied unto each of us by God. This is a “Seal” or a sign of the veracity and the effectiveness of the salvation that God has accomplished. Those who are His, are Known of Him.

Further, the “Seal” includes this evidence of salvation: “…Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” The Foundation of God Standeth Sure. He knows us, and we know Him. He loves us, and we love Him. Those who truly know and love Jesus Christ will “Depart from Iniquity.” Not that we won’t ever sin again; but that we will not habitually live in sin. In other words, the truly saved can be made manifest in the sight of men, through their dissociation with sin – their separation from the world, and their inclination unto God. “Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away. Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.” (Ps 65:3-4)