The Encouragement to Faithfulness

Glenn Addington By Glenn Addington, 17th Nov 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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God reminded His people that some of His actions were based on His continued appreciation of King David's faithfulness. This is a call for our continued faithfulness.

The Challenge of Faithfulness

One of the purposes for the writing of the book of Revelation in the Bible was to encourage fearful, persecuted Christians to be faithful to the end, no matter what the cost. Jesus told persecuted believers in the church in ancient Smyrna, "Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life."

God's recognition of David's faithfulness

After the death of King David, God made several statements about what He intended to do, each including the statement, "for the sake of my servant David." Though there are several statements where the phrase 'my servant David' refers to Jesus, these statements are different. God uses the expression "for the sake of my servant David" when speaking of dividing the kingdom of Israel into two nations as punishment for Solomon's delving into idol worship. But in honor of David's faithfulness, He would not do it during Solomon's lifetime. After Hezekiah was informed that it was time for him to die, he cried out to God, wanting to live. Another problem for Hezekiah at this time was the intended invasion by the king of Assyria. God addresses both issues, referencing His recognition of David's faithfulness. 2 Kings 20:6 "I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake and for My servant David's sake."'"
Though David experienced several failures, he was always determined to be restored to God, and to strive for faithfulness. This was certainly noticed by God, and resulted in God's repeated referrals to that faithfulness.

The 'Hebrews' writer's statement on Jesus' faithfulness

The writer of the book of Hebrews describes Christ as "...faithful as a Son over God's house." This implies His faithfulness in His demonstration of God's love for all men, faithfulness in properly teaching God's truth, and faithfulness in fulfilling God's will - going to the cross to save sinful mankind from their sins.

What about us?

Our faithfulness in living the Christian life will stand as a witness not only to the next generation, but also to a watching world that is desperately seeking something real and genuine, something stable, trustworthy and eternal.

And, of course, Jesus' promise is still true today for us. "Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life."

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Faith, Faith In God, Faithfulness, Reward, Rewards Christian Living, Rewards Of Obedience

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author avatar Glenn Addington
I am an American, former Viet Nam veteran, and a Christian, living in East Tennessee. I am now retired and am pursuing a writing career. I would welcome writing assignments.

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