If we are not in Messiah, we are not following His example; which begs the question, who then are we following?
2 Timothy 2:12-13
New King James Version (NKJV)
“12 If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. 13 If we are ‘faithless’ (kechash: lying), He remains ‘faithful’ (’emeth: sure, true, etc..); He cannot deny Himself.”
Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon:
Faithless: 3586 kechash kekh-awsh’ from 3584; faithless:–lying.
Faithful: 571 ’emeth eh’-meth contracted from 539; stability; (figuratively) certainty, true, trustworthiness:–assured(-ly), establishment, faithful, right, sure, true (-ly, -th), verity.