Saturday, September 13, 2008

I Know Whom I have Believed

Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
John 20:30-31

Just as it’s difficult to fully grasp the extent of God’s love as I recently wrote about, it can be difficult to come to terms with why God chose us and chose to save us, how the Spirit moves, what God has planned for us while we live here on Earth, and what it will be like when Jesus comes again. This hymn illustrates all of those points, and also comes to a reassuring conclusion at the end of each verse: I know whom I have believed.

If you have put your belief and faith in Christ, and follow Him as your Lord and Savior, you know you have been chosen by Him and adopted and redeemed as His child.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6

Believing in God’s word will bring peace to your heart as the second verse of this hymn tells us. When we follow His word, we come to know the truth that sets us free. God uses His word to work in us when we believe.

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." John 8:31-32

For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe. I Thess. 2:13

Before Jesus left the earth to return to heaven, He promised that God would send another Helper – the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, reveals Jesus to us, and brings us to faith in God. As this hymnwriter says, I know not how He moves. I don’t know either, but I know He does, and for that I am thankful.

The Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. I Cor. 2:10-11

Another thing we don’t know is what God has in mind for us with our days here on the Earth. We don’t know what good or ill is reserved for us, but we know that He knows, and has already planned our days; He even planned them before we were born!

Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written. The days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. Psalm 139:16

Jesus has told us He will come again to bring us to our eternal home with Him.

If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:3

I cannot tell when that will be, but we know that He will keep His promise. He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him until that day. I look forward to that day!

I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. II Tim. 1:12

I Know Whom I Have Believed
Words by Daniel Whittle

I know not why God’s wondrous grace
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own.

But I know Whom I have believed,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.

I know not how this saving faith
To me He did impart,
Nor how believing in His Word
Wrought peace within my heart.

I know not how the Spirit moves,
Convincing us of sin,
Revealing Jesus through the Word,
Creating faith in Him.

I know not what of good or ill
May be reserved for me,
Of weary ways or golden days,
Before His face I see.

I know not when my Lord may come,
At night or noonday fair,
Nor if I walk the vale with Him,
Or meet Him in the air.