Hold fast and follow

2 Timothy 1--13-14

Taken from 2 Timothy 1:13-14 in the Message Bible, the Verse of the Day for September 4, 2016 offers strong words of encouragement:

So keep at your work, this faith and love rooted in Christ, exactly as I set it out for you. It’s as sound as the day you first heard it from me. Guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works 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.

I also make reference to the preceding verse:

2 Timothy 1:12 (NKJV):

12 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.

This selection of Scripture brings to mind a previous blog entry based on “These three things I Know”:

  • Some things I know
  • Some things I don’t know
  • Some things only God knows

One thing I know for sure is that that God loves me.  I know that I love God, and that’s really all that matters. Not only do I know that God loves me and that I love God, but these lyrics express what I really know:

I know that I know that I know that I know.

I know that I know You still love me.

No matter how many times I go astray

And leave your side and choose to disobey.

When I’m overwhelmed and can’t even pray,

No matter what I do or do not say:

 

I know that I know that I know that I know.

I know that I know You still love me.

I know that I know that I know that I know.

I know that I know You still love me.

 

No one else knows my heart: You are the one

To call me home when I have no place to run.

When I look all around at all that I’ve done,

Despite all my failures, You still call me Son.

 

 

I know that I know that I know that I know.

I know that I know You still love me.

I know that I know that I know that I know.

I know that I know You still love me.

You still love me. You still love me.

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 blessed assurance found in 2 Timothy 1:12:

But “I know whom I have believed
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 really 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 Jesus 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.

We close with 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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2 Responses to “Hold fast and follow”

  1. Mollie Kaufman Says:

    Dear Lonnell,
    This post is especially “rich” and enriching.”

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