The apostle Paul in writing to Timothy instructed him to look for faithful men who will be able to teach others. (2 Timothy 2:2) Timothy had been given divine revelation that he was to pass on to other faithful men. These were men with proven spiritual character and observable Christ like tendencies. And these men could pass to the next generation the blessings and giftings of grace from God that would not only draw men to salvation, but would firmly establish them in the apostles teaching and doctrine. This process of spiritual reproduction, which was evident in the early church, must continue until the Lord’s return.
But alas, in our generation, there is evidence of a great apostasy…….a falling away from faith. Jesus, in Luke’s gospel, chapter 18 had said, “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” This implies that when He returns, true faith will be relatively rare, as in the days of Noah, (Luke 17:26), when only eight souls were saved. Jesus is forewarning us that of this time in which we are living, just prior to His glorious appearing, it will be a period marked by persecution, apostasy and unbelief. Where can we find a faithful man?
A faithful man is not one who trusts in his riches, fame or fortune, or worldly notoriety and acclaim. Rather, a faithful man is one who holds fast to the Word of God, of which Word, this man must show himself a student and true seeker of God’s truth.
Ah, but the world can not recognize such faithful men as these. For these are men who are willing to lay down their lives, their careers, themselves, for the sake of the high calling with which they had been called in Christ Jesus. They, therefore, are not the most recognizable, because they live to exalt the holiness of Christ and not themselves. Rare men are these in times such as this. But God knows them. “The Lord knows those who are His.” (2 Timothy 2:19a) And the “faithful man”, no one can snatch from His hand. (John 10:28)