2 Timothy 2:19 “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: *”The Lord knows those who are his,”* and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.””
There is a mixture in the church of good people and bad people. Paul writes in preceding texts of people who while in church are working against the same church by spreading false teaching. It is a sad situation but he gives hope by contrasting that reality with this other reality. Nevertheless, while people don’t know and can’t tell the difference, God knows those who are His!
From time immemorial, God has proved that He knows His own. Cain and Abel went to give sacrifice, and both looked honest, good and committed, nevertheless, God knew His own and accepted Abel and rejected Cain. While Sodom and Gomorah was totally wicked and God purposed to destroy it and everyone in it…nevertheless, God save Lot and family, because He knows those who are His!
During the 10 plagues of Egypt, God proved that He can differentiate between His people and those who are not His. God differentiated property of Egyptians and of Israelites. He knows those who are His!
Are you deeply concerned about hypocrisy in church? Are you concerned about false teachings in church by people who seem so committed but self-seekers. Are you concerned like Elijah that you are the only good person? Are you concerned about stiff competition with people who don’t belong to God? Are you concerned that your prayer may be getting lost somewhere? The message today is – God knows those who are His!
God knows those who are His in a crowded residential estate, in a transport system full of people, in a hospital full of the sick, in a business full of competitors, in an exam full of candidates, in a job interview full of applicants, in a competition for attention of a man or woman for marriage, in an argument or case where it’s unclear who is right or wrong, in every important or mundane situation. God helps and saves His own because He knows them.
The flipside is that those who belong to God do not deliberately sin and offend God. Everyone who claims a relationship with God must turn from sin. Confess and repent in order to belong to God!
In the crowded confusion of life, and as it seems the odds are against you…may God cause you to testify that- surely God knows those who are His! May this be your testimony today and beyond, in Jesus name. Amen!
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Pastor Rei Kesis