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Baptism: declaring commitment (3)

by on August 8, 2012

Paul’s declaration

…I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.
(2 Timothy 1:12 ESV)

 

What a brilliant thing Paul says here – I know whom I have believed. Let’s not just skim over that, because it is pretty important – fundamental, in fact, in being a real sincere disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ – that we know Him. That we have an active relationship with Him, based on speaking to Him (prayer), and on listening carefully to what He has to say to us and what His will for us is from His Word.

I want to pause for a moment and think about the desire that we have to know God. God has blessed us with intellects and senses that long to see, hear, and to know Him. There is a wonderful Pink Floyd song that says ‘when I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse out of the corner of my eye / I turned to look but it was gone / I cannot put my finger on it now’. There is something in all of us that is searching for… something. And it can be elusive. But God has put it into our hearts to be seekers – and when we find Him, at last, we are satisfied. The bible says that God has put eternity in our hearts. I think that means that He has purposed for us to get the ultimate satisfaction in our lives from knowing Him and His love and His eternal things.  When Apollo 8, the first manned space voyage around the moon, circled the dark side of the moon and the Earth came into view for the first time from behind the moon, the astronauts quoted Genesis: “In the beginning, God created …” What they saw was beyond mortal words; the eternity in their hearts bubbled over into words. And we’ve all felt that, haven’t we?

We have a desire in us to know God, and the amazing thing is that God wants to satisfy that desire. The supreme expression of who God is and of knowing Him is in the person the Lord Jesus Christ – the bible says it like this – in the past, God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by His Son. And we can know Him as one who is living and active today.

Do you want that desire to know God fulfilled? Then get to know Jesus Christ. When we get baptised, we take our stand beside Paul, declaring that we know the one in whom we have believed. We have a living and an active relationship of speaking and listening and sharing our lives with Jesus.

What else is Paul saying here? He is saying that the person who he knows and believes in is absolutely trustworthy, is entirely faithful. Jesus is not going to lapse on His responsibilities in the relationship that we have with Him. He is not about to pull out of this. Do you know why I am sure of that? Because He gave everything to save you. He was so committed to having a relationship with you forever that, while we knew nothing about our problem, He died in our place. He is so committed to this that God did not hold back when punishing Him for the sin of the world – He took it all, and it was a more horrific experience than we can ever imagine. He went through the equivalent of Hell for us when He took God’s punishment for our sin, yours and mine. Nothing less than that. That is God’s declaration of commitment to us. Now, I am persuaded, Paul says, that I can trust Him. We are secure forever with Him.

Do you know the one in whom you have believed? If you know that Jesus is the Christ (Peter’s declaration), then do you know Him and trust Him in your day-to-day relationship with Him?

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