Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal; The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.(2 Tim 2:19)
Reading from the preceding verses of this scripture, we could see what led to:
1. The Foundation
Taking these one after the other as the Lord will be leading us, we’ll understand what Paul’s intentions were or the revelations he got before saying those things out.
The foundation speaks of a beginning of a thing. There are many things in the natural realm that do have foundation. Consider the houses, the trees, the rivers and many other things both created by God and also invented by man, they all have a foundation. The technology has a foundation, the Automobiles also have their own foundations; though their foundation may differs but they definitely have foundations. So there is nothing on earth that does not have a foundation or Beginning.
We know that everything that we see are evident of spiritual things (Of what we cannot see).
”The natural first then, that which is spiritual’’.
When refers to the foundation of God: then, its referring to the beginning of God dealing with man, i.e. those that believed on Him. When you gave your life to Him; He established that foundation in you. This foundation is not two but ONE in all believers and that foundation is Christ
Psalm 87:1 describe this:
”His foundation is in the holy mountains”
Who’s Foundation? God! The foundation of God is in the Holy Mountain. Why will God built His foundation in the Mountain why not in the Heaven of Heavens or somewhere else? Does that mean that God has a Foundation/Beginning?\
If so, God must definitely have an End, because everything that has beginning MUST definitely have an End, but that was not what that scripture meant; it take a revelation to see beyond the letter.
So, what then is the Mountain in the context of this scripture? If God foundation is in the holy Mountain, then you and I must understand what that Holy Mountain represents.
The Holy Mountain here speak of God’s people, in the Old Testament its referred to the children of Israel but after the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, it represents those who have acknowledged Him as both their Savior and Lord. In general context the Holy Mountain means the Body of Christ where Christ is laid as foundation. (Revelation 12:14. Daniel 2:35, 45).
Mountains in other context of the bible represent difficulties, problems or systems of this world (Zechariah 4:7. Revelation 6:15-16). But in this context, The Holy Mountain represents the people of God. This is why the next verse of that passage went on to say:
”The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob” (Psalm 87:2)
If you read the whole verses, you will see that God was addressing people’s foundations.
Brother Paul admonished us not to grieve the Holy-Spirit in the book of Ephesians;
”And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption”
Also in Eph 1:13-14;
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory’’
2 Corinthians 1:22
”Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts”
From these scriptures above, it can be rightly said that the Holy-Spirit is that seal we saw in 2 Timothy 2:19.
This refers to sins as an act of overthrowing of another man’s faith through false teachings (false teaching begat false doctrines), profane words, fables and vain babbling as it’s recorded in the context of this Chapter.
We can then go on to re-read that verse of the scripture with this understanding now.
Nevertheless the foundation of God (in dealing with those that believed on Him through and IN Christ) standeth sure, having this seal (Which is the Holy-Spirit); The Lord knoweth them that are his (By this Seal- The Holy-Spirit). And, Let everyone that nameth (calleth) the name of Christ depart from iniquity (from overthrowing another man’s faith through false teaching, fables, vain babbling and profane words (endless genealogies).
I hope we are able to see that now; because when people begin to do such things worldliness will set in, traditions of men will replace the doctrines of Christ, and following the Holy-Spirit will be replaced with obeying the doctrines of men.
Having explained the verse 19 of that 2 Timothy 2, let’s go on to verse 20 which is our main subject.
2 Tim 2:20
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
That is a big But and that signified that once such things are not corrected, when they are ignored and men keep/kept on doing them, then know for surety that that house has become a Great House. The end result will be that verse 20.
Before I continue on this subject, I will like to make some footnotes and emphases that the Church of the Living God was never and has never being referred to as Great House in the scriptures, rather she was/is called THE HOUSE OF GOD (1 Timothy 3:15), The HOUSEHOLD OF GOD (Ephesians 2:19), CHURCH OF GOD (Act 20:28, THE BODY OF CHRIST (Colossians 1:18)
As recorded in this verse of 2 Timothy 2:20; the Great House is a house that is full of mixtures of Gold, Silver, Wood and Earth. And brother Paul admonished us that;
”If any man therefore purge himself from these mixtures in this great house, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified and met for the Master use, and prepare for/unto every good works”
What is the reverse of that verse?
”If any man therefore refused to be purge from these mixtures that is in the Great House, then, he shall be a vessel unto dishonour, not sanctified(unholy) and will not be met for the Master uses, and he shall be prepare unto every Evil works”.
This condition is often overlooked by many, therefore, they could not move beyond the Great House rather they are wallowing inside it day in and day out.
”IF” is a condition! And that suggests that you have a role to play as regard these things.
To be continue in Part 2..