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.”
This is the verse for today, but in order to gain a full understanding we need to look at more context. This particular part of 2 Timothy is discussing false teachers.
16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 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.”
Paul is cautioning against people who have taken the bible and twisted it to their own liking. As he speaks of the works of these false teachers, he says, “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm.”
In order to know truth we must seek it for ourselves, only then can we stand firm in our faith.
The issue arises when we look to big-name Christians writers and speakers to fill in these gaps for us, instead of seeking to fill those gaps for ourselves. There are people who are leaders of churches, and have thousands and thousands of followers, yet what they preach goes against what the bible actually says.
In a world full of false teachers, especially in the, “do what makes you feel good” movement, it is so important to be able to filter these messages through these three truths:
1. God will never contradict Himself.
2. Scripture will never contradict itself.
3. God is not the author of confusion. 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people 1 Corinthians 14:33
Using these three points to “test and approve” what we see and hear allows us to stand firm.
As we begin to understand that God’s foundation stands firm, we begin to appreciate that He never changes.
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
From this, we are promised, “The Lord knows those who are his.”
Take comfort in knowing you have been marked by God and sealed with the Holy Spirit.
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, Ephesians 1:13
So what exactly is God’s solid foundation? Is it God’s people or the belief in God? Again, I encourage discussion below, and that you spend some quality time with the Holy Spirit and ask him to reveal these things to you.