II Timothy 2:11-13 A Faithful Saying.
This was the fourth of Paul’s five ‘faithful’ sayings (v. 11a Cf. I Tim. 1:15; 3:1; 4:9). They speak to an important and well established point, something “to affirm constantly” (Titus 3:8). This particular one may have been a hymnic fragment, repeated constantly in the gathered assembly. Dying and living with Christ speaks to our union with Him (v. 11b Cf. Rom. 6:3-11). It is where our new life begins, symbolized in baptism. Enduring to the end speaks to our life lived, which will ultimately find us reigning with Him (v. 12a). Those who deny Him show that they were never in union with Him, for endurance follows union. At the judgment these will be denied (v. 12b Cf. Mt. 10:33). And yet, “if we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself” (v. 13b). What God has spoken, He will make good (Cf. Nu. 23:19). His word does not fail, nor the promise of rest found therein (Cf. I Kgs 8:56). “This is a wonderful affirmation of assurance that although we are called to endure and be faithful, salvation does not rest ultimately on our faithfulness, but upon that of Christ (v. 19)” (NGSB. P. 1920).