Posted by: SandreS | September 26, 2009

The Church in Ruins (Brief Thoughts on II Timothy), Part 20

The Sure Foundation

Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, “The Lord knows them who are His …” (2:19).

Things were so bad in the religious system that had been developed in the wake of the abandonment of Paul’s message that all that was left of the “house of God” (from I Timothy 3:15) was the foundation. All else had been destroyed. The “evil day” for which Paul had warned them to prepare had come (Ephesians 6:13).

This is, nonetheless, wonderful news; for, in spite of the wholesale apostasy in Asia, Paul encourages Timothy that God’s firm foundation stands solid.

Paul had told the Corinthian saints,

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 3:11).

So, the foundation that remained in Asia was Christ! He was all that was left! Yet that was encouragement because, ultimately, He was all that Timothy needed.

And you are complete in Him … (Colossians 2:10).

Paul himself is the one who laid the foundation of Christ.

According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation [Paul gives the Corinthians a warning with this truth] and another builds thereon. But let every man take heed how he builds thereupon” (I Corinthians 3:10).

Paul had laid the foundation in Asia, which was Christ, and He remained – but that is all that remained. “The day” had arrived in Asia, and “every man’s work” was “made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is” (I Corinthians 3:13). The building in Asia had been destroyed; but Christ the foundation remained, and He still remains sure and unmovable!

Things were so bad in the abandonment of Paul’s message, that it was also hard to tell who was a saint and who was not. They had joined themselves to Rome’s respected religious system. They were now a part of a mixed multitude. Paul then reminds Timothy that the Lord knows all about it, and that He knows who belongs to Him.

Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, “The Lord knows them who are His …” (2:19).

In days of apostasy only the Lord can sort out the mess. The system isn’t His, but praise the Lord, we find rest in this wonderful truth, “the Lord knows them who are His.”

(to be continued)

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2001, 2009 Bible Student’s Press

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