This I know

2-Timothy 1--13-14

Taken from 2 Timothy 1:13-14 (KJV), the Verse of the Day for September 4, 2014 offers strong words of encouragement:

Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

Here is the passage in the Amplified Bible:

13 Hold fast and follow the pattern of wholesome and sound teaching which you have heard from me, in [all] the faith and love which are [for us] in Christ Jesus.

 

14 Guard and keep [with the greatest care] the precious and excellently adapted [Truth] which has been entrusted [to you], by the [help of the] Holy Spirit Who makes His home in us.

This selection of Scripture brings to mind a blog entry based on a Bible teaching that I shared a couple of years ago entitled “These three things I Know”:

I also make reference to the preceding verse:

2 Timothy 1:12:

For the which cause 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 that which I have committed unto him against that day.

In discussing “Some things I don’t know. . .” I recall the lyrics to the hymn “I Know Whom I Have Believed” which states a series of things that the hymn writer does not know:

I know not why God’s wondrous grace
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
 Redeemed me for His own.

The chorus of the familiar hymn resounds with this assurance found in 2 Timothy 1:12 :

And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.”

The last verse brings to mind something that neither I nor anyone else knows:

I know not when my Lord may come,
  At night or noon-day fair,
Nor if I’ll walk the vale with Him,
  Or “meet Him in the air.”

Though no man knows the hour nor the day of the Lord’s return, as Christ proclaimed, we are assured, nonetheless:

He Shall Return

 

He shall return.

He shall return.

Look up toward the Eastern sky.

He shall return.

He shall return.

Look up, your redemption is drawing nigh.

 

He shall return.

He shall return.

He shall return.

 

Listen to the lyrics of this popular hymn “I Know Whom I Have Believed” which actually responds to what I know as well as what I do not know:

 

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