May 10, 2023
The Bible Edge
Everyone needs an Edge, Believers can have the Bible Edge
II Timothy 2:13
If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
Our belief, or unbelief in the Lord does not change Him. He is faithful whether we are or not. He cannot deny Himself, meaning that He cannot go against Himself, like the law of the Medes and Persians that cannot be changed once set forth; the Lord hath spoken and cannot go back. The writer of the book of Hebrews knew this truth: Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (13:8) The unchanging nature of the Lord means that, among many other things, He is faithful. He abides in faithfulness. Never ever will He be unfaithful to Himself.
His words, promises, declarations, doctrine will never be forsaken by Him. Even if we do not believe His words, promises, declarations, and doctrine; He will. For example, in Matthew 20:19 Jesus said of Himself: And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again. Later, after His crucifixion the Pharisees came to Pilate: Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. (Matthew 27:63) They did not believe that He would rise again, or if they did believe it they thought they could stop it. But He did! He resurrected Himself from the dead just as He promised (see John 10:18). The doubt or unbelief of humans could not stop Him, for He abides faithful.
Every promise made in God’s Word will be kept. The keeping of them is not contingent upon our belief, it is founded upon His faithfulness. Years ago, it was said in a business training seminar that “Your job is only as secure as your boss’s emotions.” This may not always be true, but it paints a picture, does it not? Likewise, concerning God’s Word: It is only as true as God is faithful. In which we have all comfort because He is faithful. He abides (lives in) faithfulness. This is an unconditional promise found in the canon of Scripture and it’s an edge to anyone who receives it. For this one promise is a foundation for all promises found in the Bible. An edge in life is to know that our Lord is faithful. In His faithfulness, He changes not. All He said He would do, or is doing, He will do and continue to do because He abides faithful.
William T. Howe, Ph.D.