WELL WHAT DO YOU KNOW?
But “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is ableto keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.”
Paul’s declaration in his second letter to Timothy was used by Daniel Whittle as the basis for a song written in the 19th century that we still sing today. The verses speak of various things of which we do not know, including when the Lord will return and if we will already be dead or still living. The music leads us to sing the chorus, quoting 2 Tim. 1:12, con brio which means with spirit, with vigor, or with life. Is that how we sing it?
Can we make the same affirmation as Paul? Do we know God; are we convinced (persuaded); do we guard the trust (deposit) God has committed to us (an alternate translation renders this phrase as “what I’ve committed to Him”)?
It may not be difficult to sing the song, or to read/quote the verse, but do we actually mean it? We are to sing with the spirit and with the understanding (1 Cor. 14:15). However, it is the same to sing a lie as it is to speak one.
To know God, is to love Him and to love Him is to obey Him (1 John 4:8; John 14:15). We must not claim to know God and call Him Lord if we do not love Him and manifest that love through obedience (Matt. 6:24; Luke 6:46).
How convinced (persuaded) are we about the trust (deposit) that God has made with us or with the trust we have placed with God? The actions and thoughts of our life are key in the answer to this question. God must be first priority in all things. Every thought and action must be directed by Him through His word. If not, then we either don’t love Him or we aren’t convinced.
Although we don’t know when the Lord will return and judgment will come upon every person, we do know that He will return and that all will be judged according to what each has done (Matt. 24:36; Rom. 14:11; Phil. 2:10; Rev. 20:12-13).
Read 1 Tim. 6:11-20. Obey Paul’s further instructions to Timothy in 2 Tim. 1:13-14: “Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.”
“In You, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in Your righteousness deliver me! Incline Your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!... Love the Lord, all you His saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!” (Psalm 31:1-2, 23-24).