WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
January 12, 2003
INTRODUCTION: To know Christ is not simply to have
intellectual knowledge about Him; Paul used the Greek
verb that means to know experientially or personally.
1 John 5:20, "And we know that the Son of God has come
and has given us an understanding, that we may know
Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His
Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal
Paul and John could both give personal testimonies to
God's faithfulness and His activity in their lives.
J. Dwight Pentecost said, "God feeds His children in
response to an appetite and a desire, and apart from
that desire there will be no feeding. And apart from
that feeding, there will be no growth, and apart from
that growth, there can never be spiritual maturity.
Spiritual giants are not born, they are made."
Matthew 5:6, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst
for righteousness, for they shall be filled."
Paul's desire was to come to know Christ in a life
2 Timothy 1:12, "For this reason I also suffer these
things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom
I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to
keep what I have committed to Him until that Day."
"I am not ashamed" - Paul had no fear of persecution
and death from preaching the gospel in a hostile
setting, because he was so confident God had sealed
his future glory and blessing.
"know whom I have believed" - "know" describe the
certainty of Paul's intimate, saving knowledge, the
object of which was God Himself. The form of the verb
translated "I have believed" refers to something that
began in the past and has continuing results.
"He is able to keep" - speaks of omnipotent God. The
power of Christ sustains the sincere believer.
"What I have committed" - Paul's life in time and
eternity had been given to his Lord. He lived with
unwavering confidence and bo ...
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