Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. For [he’s giving us the reason now], you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way...
If we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself. 2 Timothy 2:13
Notice the power of Paul’s argument: Christ has made himself one with his people. He is the head; we are the body. How are you going to separate them? He is the vine; we are the branches. He is the bridegroom; we are the bride. Christ has made himself one with us in such a way that to deny us would be to deny himself!
Think about the apostle Peter who completely blew his witness to Jesus. He ruined his testimony! What use can this man be to Jesus now? No wonder Peter, full of sorrow, went out and wept bitterly. Peter was faithless, but Peter still belonged to Christ, and Christ was not done with Peter, which is why you have that beautiful scene after the resurrection: “Peter, do you love me? Feed my sheep” (John 21).
The whole book of Hosea is dedicated to showing how God’s love is stronger than our disloyalty. And because of God’s great love for us, a great failure in the life of a Christian believer can be a remarkable turning point. That’s how it was for Peter, “When we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”
Have you failed God? Do you feel that your testimony is ruined and you’re no longer any good to God? Ask God to make it a turning point in your life.