Do I Know Whom I Have Believed?

Do I Know Whom I Have Believed 1

For I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day. 2 Timothy 1:12

I know whom I have believed. But do I really?

Do I Know Whom I Have Believed for Salvation?

Often when we first trust Christ for our salvation, it is in either the elation of learning about His saving love, or a sad realization of our own sinfulness. Both are necessary. However, we comprehend so little of God’s power that we could spend a lifetime studying and barely touch theDo I Know Whom I Have Believed 2 most minute facets of His being.

To really know Whom I have believed, I must recognize His sufficiency in all areas. First and foremost, the great I Am is the pre-existent God of all creation. “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:3) God created everything that exists ex nihilo, out of nothing.

Do I Believe His Uniqueness?

In Revelation 22:13, God says of Himself, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” The Book of Isaiah says, there was no god before Him and there will be no god after Him. (Isaiah 43:10) It is impossible for our minds to conceive, yet it is true.

Salvation is by grace through faith. It is the free gift of God, and there is nothing we can do to gain faith in and of ourselves. It is a gift, and God tolerates no boasting on that point. (Ephesians 2:8-9) We are incapable of performing acts capable to gain our own salvation. As the old song says, “Oh, to grace how great a debtor, daily I’m constrained to be.” We owe our Lord and God a debt we can never repay.

Do I Know Whom I Have Believed from All Eternity?

When God speaks to Job out of the storm, He asks unanswerable questions:

  • Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
  • Who marked off its dimensions and stretched a measuring line across it?
  • On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone?
  • Who shut up the sea behind doors when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place?
  • Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place?
  • Have the gates of death been shown to you?
  • What is the way to the abode of light?And where does darkness reside? Do you know the paths to their dwellings?

Do I Know Whom I Have Believed 3And on and on He goes, asking questions no man can answer that reveal the marvelous infinity of His being. Therefore, I say with the father in Mark 9:23-24, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Do I Know Whom I Have Believed for All Eternity?

Yet, when I contemplate such marvelous things, I realize that my understanding will always be incomplete while I live here on earth. God can guard everything I have entrusted to Him, and more, until that day when my faith becomes sight. And I bow on my face before Him in humility.

He is able to accomplish far more than I can ever comprehend in my finite being. To God be the glory.

God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.

Job 37:5

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Norma Gail

Norma Gail writes Fiction to Refresh Your Spirit, exploring the theme of women whose faith triumphs over trials. Her debut novel won the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award. The sequel was published in 2020. A women’s Bible study leader for over 24 years, Norma is a former Bible Study Fellowship discussion leader, and founding leader of the women’s Bible studies at her church. Her devotionals and poetry have appeared at ChristianDevotions.us, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 48 years. They have two adult children.

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