THE CHRISTIAN'S CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE
Jesse M. Hendley
I John 2:3
Sometimes one hears the question "What does a
Christian have that other people do not have?" The
great answer is this: the Christian's certain
In the study of the New Testament we find a precious
word in the writings of John. "We know," writes John.
The word KNOW is one of the first verbs a student of
Greek learns as he studies the original language of
the New Testament. Now today we are going to turn to
the First Epistle of John, chapter 2 verse 3. Maybe
you would like to under line this precious word KNOW
as you come to it in this brief study.
"We know" is found 14 times.
First John 2: 3, 5, and 18.
First John 3: 2, 14, 19, 24.
First John 4: 6, 13.
First John 5: 2, 15, 18, 19, 20.
When William Jennings Bryan was a young man, he said,
"I wrote to Colonel Ingersoll, the infidel, and asked
him for his views on God and Immortality. His
secretary replied that Ingersoll was not at home, but
she enclosed a copy of the speech, which covered my
question. These are the words of Bob Ingersoll, the
famous infidel: "I do not say that there is no God; I
simply say that I do not know. I do not say that there
is no life beyond the grave; I simply say I do not
This is a cheerless doctrine. "I do not know." We
stand by the deathbed of a little babe, whom the
mother loves more than her own life, and that weeping
mother cries out, "Is there a life beyond the grave?
Will I ever see my baby again?" and we try to comfort
her saying, "We do not know."
We stand by a husband who stands over the death-bed of
a wife. They've been together all these years. They
have raised their family. And now she is slipping out
into Eternity. He asks the question, and all we have
to say is, "We do not know."
Beloved, that is a COLD doctrine. "We do not know."
How different the Bible! It gives the answer with
absolute security, perfect knowle ...
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