Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: 9Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. 10Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11It is a faithful saying:
For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
12If we suffer, we shall also reign with him:
if we deny him, he also will deny us:
13If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful:
he cannot deny himself. (ii tim 2:8-13 kjv)
Paul endured a prisoner’s chains, and everything else he went through, for the sake of the elect — those such as Ruth (Ruth 1:1-19a) and the leprous Samaritan (Luke 17:11-19), whom God had called to faith.
Faith obtains “the salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory” because it clings to the promises of God that it is so.
Our faith, which is a gift from God, wins great blessings for us, just as the leper was cured through his faith. Faith is not a good work; rather it’s simple trust that God will work all good for us who are in Christ.
The hymn that makes us the last portion of this lesson is a beautiful confession of the outcome of faith, as well as encouragement for the times when we feel faithless toward God — when we aren’t even sure we have faith at all.
God remains faithful even despite the callous thanklessness of our natural hearts.