and also Ezekiel 9:4; John 6:27; 2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:30; Revelation 7:3-8). This represents one side of the life of the believer, but, lest men interpret the truth wrongly, the other side also needs to be put forward, and that is found in personal holiness. Thus in the end the firm foundation here is the church, as founded on Jesus Christ and His words (see Matthew 16:18), whether worldwide or local. The Greek requires, ‘The strong (or firm) foundation of God stands fast.’ What is this ‘strong foundation’? 2 Timothy 2:19. The "seal" is the token of assurance or security attached to His word of truth ("the foundation of God"), with the legend on one side of its round surface. The Expositor's Greek Testament. A reference here to Numbers 16:5. In other words, the Church of Christ is here considered as the foundation of a far grander building, which, in the fulness of time, will rest upon its massive work (see Ephesians 2:19-22)., and this ground-storey, the corner-stone of which is Christ, “standeth” age after age, in spite of any efforts which may be made to destroy or even to shake it. Look how they fit one another. Motto second: Depart—A clear allusion, as Ellicott rightly suggests, to Numbers 16:26, where the true Israel are bidden to “Depart… from the tents of these wicked men,” the Korahites. The words (2:16), “it will lead to further ungodliness,” are literally, “they will make further progress in ungodliness.” The false teachers claimed that their teaching would help you move ahead in your spiritual life. Colossians 2:5. knoweth = knew. "Commentary on 2 Timothy 2:19". "Commentary on 2 Timothy 2:19". BibliographySchaff, Philip. a. App-128. The texts read "the Lord". ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 11:36-40; Luke 11:42-48; Luke 15:11-32; Luke 16:1-13). 2 And what you heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will have the ability to teach others as well. Let it be observed, however, that all these will manifest that they are the Lord’s not merely by naming the name of Christ — Or making a profession of Christianity; but by departing from iniquity — Without which they would not be worthy of being accounted members even of the visible church, as they would show themselves visibly, or evidently, to be of the devil, by doing his works, John 8:4; 1 John 3:8. ‘The firm foundation of God stands’; and then the Apostle goes on, in a very picturesque fashion, ‘having this seal.’ That is a mixture of metaphors which makes a rhetorician’s hair stand on end. So, brethren, it is wise for us to look at the dangers, to be fully aware of the perils, to be tremblingly conscious of our own weakness, but it is folly and faithlessness to look at the danger so exclusively, or to feel our own weakness so keenly as that either one or the other, or both of them combined, shall obscure to our sight the far greater and confidence-giving truth of the knowledge, the sympathy, and the extended protecting hand, of our Brother and our Lord. Mary Erickson Luke 17:11-19; 2 Timothy 2:8-15 Double the Healing Friends, may grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and Christ Jesus our Lord. 2 Timothy 2:19 New Living Translation (NLT). The Biblical Illustrator. The first passage assures that God differentiates between His faithful servants and those who are unfaithful. And the only way to keep ‘the Lord knoweth them that are His’ from being a minister of sin is, in the same breath, to say, ‘Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.’, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, ὁ μέντοι στερεὸς θεμέλιος τοῦ θεοῦ ἕστηκεν, Ἀποστήτω ἀπὸ ἀδικίας πᾶς ὁ ὀνομάζων τὸ ὄνομα κυρίου, "What is intended is the "seal" of ownership that the architect or owner would have inscribed on the foundation stone (similar in some ways to our modern cornerstones). Taking for granted the sureness of the foundation Paul predicates of it that it 'standeth fast.' 2 Timothy 2:19(NASB) Verse Thoughts The spread of false doctrine in the church is likened to a cancer that spreads and infects the physical body, which finally dies. Having this seal.—It was a custom, which dates back from the very earliest times, to inscribe upon a building or a monument an inscription which told of its origin and purpose. ‘However that may be the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are his’, and, ‘Let every one who names the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness.’. 2 Timothy 2:19. All rights reserved. Though reprobates 'err concerning the truth' (2 Timothy 2:18), and deny the faith, God abates not His faithfulness (cf. If we are His we ought to depart from sin and act like the children of God that we are, not like the lost that wallow in their sin. 2) Others see the firm foundation as simply indicating the foundation which is God’s eternal purpose, which is sealed in two ways, one by the certainty that He knows those who are His, and the other by the requirement that those who name the Lord’s Name depart from unrighteousness. Look at this joyous confidence of the old man, side by side with the clearest perceptions of encircling dangers. “The firm foundation laid by God” is the Church of Christ, which is here termed a foundation laid by God, because it, the Church of Christ, is the ground-storey of the glorious Temple of the future. 2 Timothy Greeting. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-timothy-2.html. Χριστοῦ (others say genitive of origin, see ἐποικοδομέω; cf. Those who suffer and believe with him, 2 Timothy 2:11-13, will be by him confessed. Bengel makes "the foundation" the immoveable faithfulness of God (to His promises to His elect). 19. See, too, the words of Job 19:24, where he would have his most solemn declaration of faith graven or sealed on a rock for ever.). Nevertheless. If you look down from the narrow ledge of the Alpine arrete to the thousand feet of precipice on either side of the two or three inches where you have your footing you will get giddy and fall. 2Ti 2:19 - Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. This is a statement of confidence and victory. Having this seal: the Lord knoweth who are his. And although the denial of the resurrection, 2 Timothy 2:18, obscures Christ, and overthrows the structure of the faith of some, still that foundation, Jesus Christ, born and raised, standeth sure, the moveless basis of the faith of all persevering believers.
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