Friday, February 7, 2014

Don't Give Up!

I posted a while back about suffering and how we often misuse the word when it comes to referencing the King James Version. Well, today, the Lord brought another scripture to mind. I had heard the reference, but never really knew where it was. He told me, "Check it out. It doesn't mean what you've been told it means."

So I did.

"If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:" - 2 Timothy 2:12 (KJV)

As you might have guessed, that word "suffer" is what we're going to focus on.

The Greek word used here is ὑπομένομεν (transliterated as "hypomeno").

"Hypo" is a prefix we use which means "under." (For example, a hypodermic needle is inserted under the skin.)

"Meno" is the Greek word used in John 15:7, when Jesus said, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." It means to remain.

So Paul didn't tell Timothy that he had to suffer. He said he had to "remain under." It's another way of saying "stick with it," or - more precisely - stick with HIM.

Here's the message Paul was saying:
"If we stick with Him, then we will be kings together with Him. If we disavow and reject Him, then He will disavow and reject us."

Now, don't misunderstand. As I said in that earlier message, we endure persecution from the devil. But nowhere does God ever ask us to submit to that persecution! (In fact, He tells us very plainly to "resist the devil.")

So be encouraged! Stick with Jesus because He's made you a co-regent with Him!