“I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did” (2 Tim 1:3).
One of the biggest challenges of being a Jewish follower of Jesus is the constant accusation we have betrayed our people, and turned our backs on our ancient heritage. If we are not careful, we can allow these accusations to find a foothold and create in us a false sense of guilt. When we are buffeted by Satan’s lies, Paul’s words to Timothy here can provide us with much comfort. Although Paul was being treated like a criminal by his people (2 Tim 1:8), he had a completely “clear conscience.” Why? Because he regarded his faith in Jesus as the true continuation of his spiritual heritage, serving God “the way his forefathers did.” First of all, being a prophet in Israel is to be treated like a criminal. “Moreover Jeremiah said to King Zedekiah, ‘In what way have I sinned against you, or against your servants, or against this people, that you have put me in prison?'” (Jer 37:18). Second of all, to receive the testimony of the biblical prophets is believe in Jesus!
“And that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim 3:15).
Friends, whether we are Jewish or Gentile, let us hold fast to our faith in Jesus, since it is the truest expression of an incredibly rich and very ancient heritage!