|“What binds us together is not common education, common race, common income levels, common politics, common nationality, common accents, common jobs, or anything else of that sort. Christians come together because they have all been loved by Jesus himself. They are a band of natural enemies who love one another for Jesus’ sake.” D A Carson (“Don Carson”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“…for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded…” II Timothy 1:12You can “know” something in at least three different ways: First, information; you know that two and two equals four, or that the earth is a planet that orbits the sun. Second, assurance or persuasion; you know that your spouse loves you, or that the plane on which you are riding will land safely. Third, scientifically; you know the test you ran on the patient for a bacterial infection is positive. In this third sense you cannot “know” something before the fact, only after the fact. Paul tells Timothy that he “knows” in the first two senses of the word.
Scientifically, you cannot know the future. You can know that Jesus promises to return (first sense), and you can have assurance that His return is eminent (second sense), but you cannot know that He will return in the scientific sense, simply because you cannot know the future.
Faith is commitment before knowing. Thus the two words “faith” and “know” stand opposite one another. When you know in the third sense you need not have faith, and “without faith you cannot please God.” God does not want you to know. He wants you to walk by faith.
You do not know that Jesus is the Son of God, that the Bible is the Word of God, and that there is a heaven and hell. If you knew these things, you would not need to walk by faith. You may know them in the sense that you have read Scripture and know that the Bible asserts these truths. And you may know them in the sense that you are firmly convinced they are true, but you cannot know them in the third sense for what you know does not require faith and God wants you walking by faith.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him…”82 Do you seek to please God by insisting that you know what God does not want you to know, or by freely confessing that in such matters you walk by faith?
82 Hebrews 11:6
Leviticus 23-24 Mark 1:1-22 (New King James Version)
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