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A Faithful God

“He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13.
The faithfulness of God is a familiar theme and a great favourite with Paul. He speaks of it in his first letter and here in his last he comes back to it. After a lifetime in “testing” God he cries: “He abideth faithful.”
Other New Testament writers loved this truth and we will gather a few expressions in connection with God’s faithfulness.
First of all: what God’s faithfulness means.
When we speak of “keeping faith” we mean keeping our word. My word is my bond, we say. “He is faithful that promised” (Hebrews 10:23). “She judged Him faithful that promised.” (Hebrews 11:11).
He is true to His word.
Now it is remarkable that these 2 scriptures are the only New Testament references that carry the idea that God’s faithfulness means He is faithful to His word.
But our text witnesses to a deeper meaning: “He cannot deny Himself.” His nature and character constitute a solemn obligation. He is His own law – He is bound by what He is.
We (humans) drop below our best selves. No man is always himself.
God is always Himself. He cannot fail for HE IS GOD.
Even the sun has spots. “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1-5. He is true to Himself.
He is also true to His past. This is brought out in two different ways.
Peter says to troubled disciples: “Commit the keeping of your souls to Him in well-doing, as unto the faithful Creator.” 1 Peter 4:19.
The other application of God’s faithfulness in connection with His past bears on man’s redemption:-
“God is faithful by Whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son.” 1 Corinthians 1:9.
Now let us look at what this all guarantees to us.
Remember – He is faithful to His word. He is faithful to Himself. He is faithful to His past. His faithfulness as Creator guarantees He will care for His creatures. Creation is not merely a work of power, but of love. “To Him Who made great lights; for His mercy endureth for ever.” He poured Himself into beings because His name is love. His faithfulness to His past in creation guarantees to us that the DESIRES implanted by Him will be satisfied.
It also guarantees that tasks will be proportionate to our strength. “God is faithful Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able…” 1 Corinthians 10:13.
His faithfulness to His past as REDEEMER guarantees FORGIVENESS. “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. Since Christ has died God’s faithfulness is implicated in pardoning mercy. Mercy is the outcome of God’s faithfulness.
And then again, His faithfulness guarantees the perfecting of Christian character. “Faithful is He that calleth you, Who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24.
He does not begin a work and then get disgusted with it, or turn to something else. He never stops until He completes. There are no unfinished works in God’s workshop.
What is more, His faithfulness guarantees bliss and blessedness. If these poor natures of ours as they NOW are – were all that Christ had won by His agony and blood – then, I say, He paid too high a price. We need Heaven to vindicate the faithfulness of God.
Finally, God’s faithfulness demands a corresponding attitude in us:-
“Hold fast the profession of your faith without wavering, for He is faithful that promised.”
If He is worth trusting at all, let us trust Him altogether.

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