Look at the following reading out of 2 Timothy 2:11-14
11This is a trustworthy saying: If we die with him, we will also live with him.
12 If we endure hardship, we will reign with him. If we deny him, he will deny us.
13 If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.
If we die with Him.....If we believe in God, if we believe that He sent His one and only son, Jesus Christ to die for us...
Then we WILL have eternal life IN Him and WITH Him.
If we suffer for God, endure hardships, become persecuted, believe in Him....We WILL be rewarded and be able to reign WITH Him when He comes.
If we ignore God or down Him in front of others or in our own heart, He will do the same!
If we deny Christ before man, He will deny us before His Father!
God knows that we are what we are and do the things we do. He created us, and if we do things or have thoughts that are unfaithful...He always remains faithful to us!
The part, if we endure hardship is particularly interesting. I often have thoughts about this because..."What kind of hardships do we need to endure?"
Well, just some of the hardships that are in the bible, taken from Corinthians:
- beatings and distress
- poor and and 'having nothing'
- Regarded as deceives and being punished
- Hunger, Cold, No Food\
- Beating, Suffering, Murder etc
This is where christian strength comes in and our faith in Jesus to be alongside us MUST be strong! Difficult one, especially if you have come from a back round which was not christian with a group of friends and you have converted to Christianity. Those friends may not believe the same as you and either tease, embarrass or deny you because of your belief in Jesus.
Don't fold because of them, This is one of the 'sufferings' that we are going to experience through our relationship with God.
Keep Strong in Christ!