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. (2 Tim. 1:12)
As I meditated on this verse recently, I saw something “new.” That happens a lot and makes fellowshipping with Him in the Word fun!
Paul says, “I know whom I have believed.” The “have believed” is past tense and seems to come before the “I know whom.” I sense that believing and knowing are two different things. Many of us begin our walk with God by believing doctrine and getting our minds renewed to Truth. This is essential. But Paul adds the idea of knowing Him.
Knowing is a deeper level of revelation than simply believing. We can believe things about someone, but what we believe is either confirmed or not as we grow to know them. We often have a mental belief system, but very little knowledge of God that comes from fellowship. Mental belief cannot begin to satisfy the need for spiritual knowledge.
Paul then adds, “and am persuaded.” As I meditated on this, I saw that being “fully persuaded” as was Abraham (Romans 4:20-21), is the result of “believing”, then “knowing”.
We are all at different places in our walk with God, but it seems that being “fully persuaded” is the destination we desire. That is the place of unwavering faith. That is where the circumstances don’t shake us. That is when our words carry the full power they are capable of.
And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, (2 Cor. 4:13)
The spirit of faith comes from believing, knowing Him, and being absolutely convinced of God’s good purpose to save, heal, deliver, bless, and prosper us.
Knowing the true nature of God and His heart for you is more than simply believing doctrinal truths. It is a life changing fellowship that will establish you on the rock of faith.