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Pastor Chuck Smith often said, “When we say we have a difficult time trusting God what we mean is we really don’t know Him because it is difficult to trust someone you don’t know.”Precept Austin clarifies that the word “know” in “I know who I have believed.” 2 Timothy 1:12 “signifies absolute, beyond a doubt knowledge. This knowledge is not personal knowledge gained by experience, but knowledge of a Person Who he had found absolutely dependable in any circumstance.”
Spurgeon shares it’s as if Paul says,
I know the Person into whose hand I have committed my present condition, and myeternal destiny. I know Who he is, and I therefore, without any hesitation, leave myself in His hands. It is the beginning of spiritual life to believe Jesus Christ." Spurgeon goes on to add that "Jesus was a distinct Person to the apostle, so real as to be known to him as a man knows a friend. Paul knew nobody else so well as he knew his Lord.”Paul’s faith in Christ was fixed and unmoving. Precept Austin explains the word “believed”, as it relates to “I know whom I have believed.”
In this context belief means "to consider something to be true and therefore worthy of one’s trust. To accept as true, genuine, or real. To have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something or someone. To consider to be true. To accept the word or evidence of.”
Finally, Gill shares:
A spiritual knowledge of Christ is necessary to faith in Him: an unknown Christ cannot be the object of faith... Knowledge and faith go together: they that truly know Christ, believe in Him, and the more they know Him, the more strongly do they believe in Him.”
Knowing God does not need to be difficult or complicated. He wants us to know Him. He invites us to learn of Him. (Mathew 11:29) Here are practical ways we can grow in the knowledge of God, so like Paul, when our faith is tested we will boldly proclaim, “I know whom I have believed.” 2 Tim. 1:12)
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