2 Timothy 2:14-19

One seal, two phrases:
"The Lord knows those who are his."
"Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from evil."

The seal in one: to be known by the Lord is to name his name and depart from evil. But, how does this work? The Lord’s knowing seems to be constant and timeless, yet my departing from evil is momentary (though it is my hope that the moments are longer, more frequent, and closer together). And again, how is this the seal on God’s firm foundation? I believe we are called to holiness and are able not to sin, but First John proclaims Jesus as advocate for a reason: we sin.

Could it be that God’s knowing us and our practiced rest in his knowing is the means of our maturation? But, even then, how is this the seal on God’s firm foundation and what does this have to do with “rightly handling the word of truth” (v14)?


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