2 Tim 2:19

2:19 God’s firm foundation. The church (cf. 1 Tim. 3:15), which is God’s elect.

stands. In contrast to those who wander away (v. 18).

seal. An expression of ownership and security.

The Lord knows those who are his. A quotation of Num. 16:5 (according to the Septuagint translation). Inscribed on the people of God is His eternal decree of election (v. 11), which ensures the security of the body of Christ (John 10:29).

Let everyone . . . depart. Also inscribed on the membership of God’s church is His call to holiness (v. 21), including the repudiation of false teaching.