He Cannot Deny Himself, 2 Timothy 2:8-19, by John Piper

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He Cannot Deny Himself

John Piper

2 Timothy 2:8–19

“8 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself. 14 Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 16 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. 19 But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

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Piper makes 5 points:

Foundation stone #1: Jesus Christ, the son of David, is risen from the dead and reigns over the world forever.

In other words, “Remember Jesus and think about Him a lot; and think about His resurrection from the dead and His roots of Messiahship as a descendent of David, who was King over Israel. “

Foundation stone #2: Preachers may be bound. The word of God is not.

Foundation stone #3: God has his elect in this world, and your ministry will be the instrument that brings them to eternal glory.

Foundation stone #4: God cannot deny himself. Trust him and your salvation is as sure as his commitment to his name.

Foundation stone #5: This divine seal, “The Lord knows those who are his.” And the evidence you are his: “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

Excerpt from Foundation Stone # 3:

Foundation Stone #3

Verse 10: “Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.”
You might think Paul is simply building on the previous foundation stone here, but look carefully at the words he uses, and ask why? He could have said, “Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the church.” Or, “I endure everything for the lost.” But he chose the word “elect”. Why? “I endure everything for the sake of the elect.” Because the tone of this text is one of triumph and confidence and certainty. That is how he is trying to help Timothy. The word elect means: God has a people. He has chosen them before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). Timothy, in this ministry we cannot fail. God will call his elect.

We must be so careful when handling weighty doctrines like election. And Paul shows us how right here. He guards from two mistakes. One is the mistake of saying, “Well, if there are people chosen before the foundation of the world, then we don’t need to risk our lives to save them.” Paul says just the opposite: “I endure everything for the sake of the elect that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus.” The certainty that there are elect does not make me stop preaching or stop suffering, it makes me confident that my preaching and my suffering will not be in vain. The elect will obtain salvation (see Acts 13:48; 18:10).

And the other mistake he guards us against is saying: “Well if Paul must preach and suffer to persuade lost people to believe in Jesus and be saved, then there can be no eternal election. All there is is people’s own choice.” But Paul says the opposite: “I endure everything for the sake of the elect that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus.” My commitment to suffer for the gospel does not mean no one has been chosen to believe it. It means I am God’s instrument to save those who are.

And then he adds one more phrase to encourage Timothy to press on in his work: “. . . that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” Remember, Timothy, you are leading the elect to eternal glory. And you are one of them. And therefore you too will have eternal glory. Or as Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:17, “This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” Don’t begrudge your short suffering in this life. It is preparing for you an eternal weight of glory.

So foundation stone #3 is that the victory of the gospel is sure not only because Christ is risen as the eternal king, and not only because the word of God is not bound, but also because, from all the undeserving sinners in the world, God has chosen a people for eternal glory. Endure everything, Timothy, and you will be the instrument of their salvation.

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Hope for the sensitive, guilty-feeling, introverted, introspection-prone soul

Jesus said:

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30


Jesus said:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”  John 5:24

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”  John 14:27

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 5:1

But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption”  1 Corinthians 1:30

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  

2 Corinthians 5:21

“What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found?  2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”  [Genesis 15:6]   4 Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven,
And whose sins have been covered.
Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account.” [Psalm 32:1-2a]

Romans 4:1-8 

“For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit”  1 Peter 3:18

“By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.11 Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices * which can never take away sins; 12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. 14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.”  Hebrews 10:10-14

* Note:  “Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices” – Notice the present tense, showing the priests and the sacrificial system in the temple in Jerusalem was still going on at the time of the writing of the book of Hebrews, which shows it was written well before 70 AD, when the temple was destroyed.  Hebrews was probably written about 68 AD.

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Why Do you think Christianity is True? John Piper

Here is an excellent few minutes of why Christianity is true by John Piper, in which he gives three compelling reasons.  


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Refuting Paul Bilal Williams on Luke 18 and the doctrine of justification

Ken Temple:

Luke 18:9-14 – “Be Propitious toward me, the sinner!”

Time to re-post this important article, as it relates to both Muslim’s arguments and Roman Catholic arguments. Please also make sure to see the article on this at Beggar’s All.

Originally posted on apologeticsandagape:

The British convert to Islam, Paul Bilal Williams thinks that Jesus’ teaching on justification ( Jesus mentions justification in Luke 18:14) is different than the apostle Paul’s teaching on justification by faith.   He has written several articles on this issue and Luke 18:9-14, and within one of his articles, he brings up Luke 18:9-14 here.

Note:  Paul Williams took down his wordpress blog and left Islam for a few days, then repented and came back to Islam after creating a new blog.  www.bloggingtheology.org


I also already responded to this article, and refuted Paul Williams here, at another blog that I am a part of the blogging team. 

Also he asked me about what Jesus taught on justification and what Paul the apostle taught on justification recently in the com- boxes of the article, “The Qur’an Speaks about earlier Revelations”.  (as of me writing this, we are…

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Islam could not get rid of the concept of sacrifice, ransom, or substitutionary atonement

The Islamic sources could not completely get rid of the concept of sacrifice, ransom, or substitutionary atonement in their texts of the Qur’an nor Hadith collections, because it was so clearly taught in the Old Testament, the Jewish Scriptures.

Muslims like Paul Williams, Shabir Ally, and Jamal Badawi say, that the Christian idea of substitutionary atonement is wrong and unjust and does not make sense.

“The Christian idea that guilt can be removed from a wrongdoer by someone else being punished instead is morally grotesque.”   Paul Williams writes that here, called “The Supreme Maxim of Christianity”. 

Then why do these Islamic Hadiths clearly say that Allah will forgive the sins of Muslims and save them from hell by punishing Jews and Christians in their place?

“Abu Musa’ reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: When it will be the Day of Resurrection Allah would deliver to every Muslim a Jew or a Christian and say: That is your rescue from Hell-Fire.”  (Hadith, Sahih Muslim, Book 37, no. 6665)

“Abu Burda reported on the authority of his father that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: No Muslim would die but Allah would admit in his stead a Jew or a Christian in Hell-Fire. ‘Umar b. Abd al-‘Aziz took an oath: By One besides Whom there is no god but He, thrice that his father had narrated that to him from Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him).”
(Hadith, Sahih Muslim, Book 37, no. 6666.)

“Abu Burda reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: There would come people amongst the Muslims on the Day of Resurrection with as heavy sins as a mountain, and Allah would forgive them and He would place in their stead the Jews and the Christians. (As far as I think), Abu Raub said: I do not know as to who is in doubt. Abu Burda said: I narrated it to ‘Umar b. ‘Abd al-‘Aziz, whereupon he said: Was it your father who narrated it to you from Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him)? I said: Yes. ” (Hadith, Sahih Muslim, Book 37, no. 6668.)   

And why does the Qur’an also mention the idea of substitutionary sacrifice in Surah Al Saffat 37:107 ?

“We have ransomed him with a mighty sacrifice”

وَفَدَيْنَـهُ بِذِبْحٍ عَظِيمٍ
“We have ransomed him with a mighty sacrifice.”
Qur’an 37:107
فَدَيْنَـهُ = “we ransomed him”
بِذِبْحٍ = بِ =b = “with” or “by”;

ذِبْحٍ = sacrifice, slaughter, slain victim

(The cognate Hebrew word for sacrifice is similar, ZBH, זֶבַח

عَظِيم = “great”, “mighty”, “tremendous”

which is about the innocent ram being substituted for Abraham’s son, and comes from Genesis 22, and is also taught in the Jewish scriptures and in history in Exodus 12 (Passover) and Leviticus (chapters 1-7, 16-17) and the temple sacrifices (1 Kings 8) and the prophesies of the suffering Servant/ Messiah (Isaiah 53, Psalm 22) ?

Jesus, Al Masih  عیسی المسیح was the final perfect sacrifice.  Al Masih fullfilled all the OT sacrifices and system.

Yahya یحیی (Prophet John the Baptizer) said, “Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”  John 1:29

For More, see:

A Muslim distorts the parable of the unmerciful servant in Matthew 18.

Why Did Allah Substitute an innocent ram for Abraham’s son? 



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Iraqi Muslim TV host breaks down at the plight of Christians in Iraq by IS / ISIS barbarians

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Jesus always spoke the truth

Ken Temple:

Time to reblog this article I wrote a while back, showing that Jesus always spoke the truth, and He prophesied of the destruction of the temple in 70 AD, and it came to pass about 40 years after He prophesied of it around 30 AD, a few days before He was crucified. (see Matthew 23:36-39 and Matthew 24:1-3.)  So, as the article shows, this was a “coming” in a sense of judgement, as in Revelation chapters 2-3, Isaiah 19:1, but it was not the second coming of Christ, which is still future to us.  The Disciples questions in verse 3 mix the issue of 70 AD in with “the sign of your coming” and “of the end of the age”, so in Jesus’ answer, aspects of His second coming are mixed in with events of 70 AD.  Matthew 24:36 starts a section of “that day”, which is only about His future second coming.  Matthew 24:1-35 have a mixture of 70 AD in with a future second coming. 

Originally posted on apologeticsandagape:

Jesus always spoke the truth.

John 18:37

Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world— to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

Indeed, Jesus Himself is the truth.  John 14:6

And the words of the NT are the words of Jesus.  Jesus predicted the destruction of the Jewish temple around 30 AD (Matthew 23:36-39; 24:1-3, 24:15), and it came to pass in 70 AD. (within that generation – see Matthew 24:34/Mark 13:30)

Paul Bilal Williams,  has a post entitled “The Most Embarrassing verse in the Bible”, where he quotes C. S. Lewis and the famous atheist Bertrand Russell on Mark 13:30/Matthew 24:34.

Eschatology (the doctrine of Last Things, or “End Times”) is…

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