What is Your Legacy?

Phygelus, Hermogenes, Hymenaeus, Philetus, Demas: that’s quite a mouthful! But who were these people, and why did the Holy Spirit determine to include their names in the Scriptures? These men, along with other nameless, equally destructive people, are described throughout the book of 2 Timothy. In the time under Nero’s cruel reign, Christians were being persecuted: burned alive, tortured, and executed.

We expect persecution from outside the church, don’t we? After all, as our Lord Himself taught us, even members of our own families can rise up against us when we stand firm for the Gospel’s sake. If the world hated Christ, it will hate us too.

Some of these people in 2 Timothy looked like believers. Some of these that Paul names worked alongside him in the furtherance of the Gospel. And yet each one turned against him, until, at the end of his life, he finds himself virtually alone in prison.

But what brings me up short in thinking about this, is not so much from Paul’s perspective as a persecuted believer (as horrific as that is, and as important to our walk as that is); what brings me up short is that these people exist today… in the church… maybe even in the mirror.

How do I know that I am a true follower of Christ? How can I ensure that I will stand firm until the end, and “finish well?” This is one of the challenges that I see Paul addressing in his letter. This is the question I need to ask myself: How do I know I am a true and faithful follower of Christ? What will keep me persevering until the end?

What about you? How do you know that you are a true believer in Christ?

How do you persevere, firm until the end?

– Lisa

7 Comments, RSS

  • Nellie

    says on:
    July 3, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    I guess my wall and talk should be the same. But more importantly it should be scripture based.

    • Lisa

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      July 3, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. Our walk must line up with Scripture, or we’re not walking in truth.

  • Elisha

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    July 3, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Through recent events in our life, we have seen God as someone to run to and someone who mourns with us through our suffering, as opposed to someone to blame. I think this perspective will help us fight the good fight regardless of what comes our way.

  • bea

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    July 4, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    One verse that for me so clearly assures me is Romans 8:16: “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God”. Also 1 John 3:23b: “We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.” The assurance that the Holy Spirit gives sets our hearts at peace that we are truly His. By this, our confidence goes even beyond holding a certain belief – it’s actual *knowledge* and an unshakeable assurance that only the Spirit can give – beyond the intellect and right to the depths of the heart and spirit which causes us to cry out “Abba Father!” This assurance from the Holy Spirit enables us to persevere knowing that God will complete what He began (2 Tim 1:12, Phil 1:6).

  • Barb

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    July 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Good question- How do I know I am a true believer in Christ? For me, I turn to the verse in 2 Timothy 3:12. There is so much to learn from this verse but “the desire to live godly in Christ Jesus” is my daily reminder to begin my day with the DESIRE to live godly in Christ Jesus and for Him. True believers DESIRE to follow Jesus. You persevere knowing that the Lord will bless you and equip you to serve Him so others will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.

  • Lisa

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    July 7, 2015 at 9:19 am

    To all of you – Nellie, Elisha, Bea, & Barb – you have all touched on what I think is an extremely important truth — that knowing that I am a true believer in Christ has more to do with just an intellectual or superficial knowledge – although to base our walk in truth does involve ‘knowing.’ But as we seek God and experience Him walking with us through our suffering our assurance in Him is strengthened. I think that’s why Paul elsewhere encourages us to “exhult in tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance, and perseverance proven character, and proven character, hope…” (Rom. 5:3-4) Thank you for your comments – helping us draw together Scripture with Scripture and for encouraging all of us through the Word.

    • Nancy DeMontmorency

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      July 8, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      Amen Lisa
      I just so very grateful that our perseverance is also based on the hope that He who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it…even in the painful and difficult trials , Christ draws us to Himself through Scripture . Those who are called according to his purposes ultimately cannot stop abiding as a branch on the vine

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