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I Know Whom I Have Believed

by Chip Brogden
“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).
The Scriptures exhort us to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18). Our spiritual growth may be generally discussed as occurring in three seasons of development. Please do not use this teaching to examine where others are, but use it to examine yourself and see if you are indeed growing and maturing in the knowledge of Christ.

I will use the terms “immature” and “childish”, but not with the intention of disdaining the young. I am simply contrasting maturity with immaturity, adulthood with childhood. My children are immature, but I cannot expect them to be anything other than immature so long as they are children. I am lovingly committed to their long-term growth. In the same way, let us not despise the spiritually immature or the weak in faith. Instead, the Word tells us to receive them and watch over them (Rom. 14:1). For those of you who are further along, never forget how many years of God’s dealings it took to bring you to the level of experience you take for granted today.

With those words of introduction, let us discuss the beginning season of the Christian life.

The Child Says, “I Know WHAT I Believe”

In the beginning of the Christian walk we are primarily concerned with WHAT we believe. We depend heavily upon other Christians, the pastor, or the church to tell us what we should believe. Our belief systems are established according to what we hear, see, or are taught during these formative years of spiritual development. Not being experienced in the ways of the Lord we naturally give attention to those Christians who have known the Lord longer that we may learn the essential doctrines of our faith. Whoever or whatever influences us as a spiritual child will usually shape and mold us into what we will become twenty, thirty, or fifty years hence.

Participation in Sunday School classes, Bible studies, church attendance, retreats, conferences and seminars is seen as a desirable and necessary step towards becoming a strong Christian. Memorizing a catechism, statement of fundamental truths, or doctrinal position is often a prerequisite to church membership. As the particular belief system is identified and reinforced, the young Christian may come to identify with social labels such as Fundamentalist, Evangelical, Charismatic, or Conservative. Labels are important to the spiritually immature because it allows them to sum up an entire ideology in one succinct title which provides instant recognition and camaraderie with those of the same genre. Baptists believe certain things, as do the Methodists, the Presbyterians, the Lutherans, the Catholics, the Pentecostals, and even the so-called Non-Denominationals or Independents. Identifying yourself as one or the other immediately brings you into the good company, fellowship, and relationship with others whose particular belief systems most resemble your own.

New Christians (or old Christians who remain childish) are acutely interested in WHAT they believe, seeking to have all the I’s and T’s of their personal theology dotted and crossed. In the process they usually major in the minors and strain out a gnat to swallow a camel. Doctrinal discussion and religious wranglings are the seedbed of most vain speaking, arguments, hurt feelings, biting and devouring.

Once they are settled into WHAT they believe it is nearly impossible to convince them otherwise, and any perceived threat to their belief system is met with hostility, anger, confusion, even depression. I heard of a Bible study that was devoted to a particular issue. An outsider posed the question: WHY do you believe this? The indignant answer was, “Because the Bible says so” and a chapter and verse reference was given. But how do you know the Bible is true? Because the Bible is the Word of God. How do you know the Bible is the Word of God? Because the Bible says so. And so on.

Christians at this stage of spiritual growth cannot reply, except to say that you just have to believe it by faith (even though God has never required us to believe something without offering substantial, albeit invisible, proof – but that is a topic for another discussion). The leader of this Bible study could answer to WHAT she believed, but she could not reply to WHY she believed it because her particular belief system would not allow for a frank and open discussion on the inspiration of the very Scriptures she was citing. God said it (or the pastor said God said it) , I believe it, and that settles it. End of conversation.

Children are often told to do thus-and-so, and when they invariably ask why, the answer is usually, “Because I said so.” Such an answer is sufficient for them at THAT stage, but when the child becomes a teenager a simple “Because I said so” is insulting. As an adult it is offensive. Why is this? Because it does not allow for input, feedback, or questions. What is lost? The experience of LEARNING and becoming mature.

Is the Bible the inspired Word of God? Well of course it is. But not because it says it is, and not because the pastor says so or the church says so, or I say so. Do you know WHY it is the inspired Word of God? Have you ever wondered why? “Because the Bible says so” is sufficient enough for a new Christian, but you must move beyond the elementary if you ever hope to experience or lead others into the full knowledge of Christ.

The Young Adult Says, “I Know WHY I Believe”

The one who knows WHAT they believe is always threatened by the one who knows WHY. Unfortunately some never grow to the point that they ever ask why. They see no need to ask why, and therein lies the reason for their perpetual childhood, their incessant carnal fighting and vain blabbering. To ask why is to commit the unpardonable sin! To question the church, its leaders, or its teachings is to jeopardize your eternal soul! People with faith are not supposed to ask why. People properly submitted to authority are not supposed to ask why. If you don’t know why, they say, focus on what, and don’t worry about why.

Allow me to say it as plainly as I can: to discourage the asking of WHY is to stunt the spiritual growth of yourself and others. An immature Christian is one who does not permit himself or others to question anything incorporated into their belief system.

Yes, it is true that many who grow up in the church and begin asking WHY often appear to backslide or end up leaving the church altogether. This healthy questioning, searching, and seeking for truth Jesus called “hungering and thirsting after righteousness.” The promise is, “They shall be filled.” They are The Blessed, not The Backslidden. Jesus is simply leading them elsewhere because He cannot fill them where they are. The quest for Truth, and the subsequent filling, almost never takes place WHERE YOU ARE, but WHERE GOD WANTS TO BRING YOU. If you are hungry and thirsty for what is right, for what is true, then you will be filled. It did not say where or how, only THAT. I cannot presume to say where or how He may lead you, only that He will.

You see, knowing WHAT you believe brings a certain aura of satisfaction and security which is akin to nursing at your mothers breast. It is an important first step in the Christian life, but that is all a first step, a means to an end, not THE end. We are not suggesting that you do not have to know WHAT you believe. We are saying that real progress begins when you begin to get an inkling as to WHY you believe it. This is the middle stage of spiritual growth. Like knowing what, knowing why is an important step, but it is not the end either. It is merely a rite of passage between childishness and maturity. It is the literal enlargement of one’s capacity for Truth, and of course, for Christ Who is Truth. It is the spiritual equivalent of puberty, a time of great change, rapid growth, and of great turmoil, emotionally and spiritually.

An exciting thing begins to happen in the spiritual life of the Christian who desires to grow and mature. It is hoped that after some progress in spiritual things, once the new Christian has experienced a few defeats or disappointments, that he or she will ask, “Is there more to the Christian life than what I am experiencing?” Oh, blessed question! How God has worked long and hard to bring the Christian to this point! And the Answer which God so desires to give us is, “Yes! There is more to this Life! You have but scratched the surface!” The Question often comes to us in the middle of a church service, when everyone else seems to be worshiping the Lord and having a good time. We try to join in but the Question continues to bother us week after week until we resolve to do something about it.

But what usually happens? The church will often reassure the babes that all is well as long as they ignore how they feel, keep attending church, reading their Bibles, saying their prayers, etc. Nevertheless, the One asking the Question will not go away, and it indeed is the bidding of the Spirit of Truth Himself which ignites and fans into flame the holy desire to launch out into the Deep, the very Depths of Christ. WHAT they believe is no longer good enough, and they want to know WHY. Instead of discouraging these questions, we should welcome and invite them. We even ought to take the initiative and begin asking them of others.

What emerges after this period of soul searching, asking, seeking, and knocking is a core set of values and beliefs that are refined in the fiery furnace of real-life experience, not taught or learned out of a textbook or Sunday school class. It is the difference between singing, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” because we know the words to the song or because we have truly experienced the great faithfulness of Jesus Christ. We know WHAT we are singing, but more importantly, we know WHY we are singing. And WHY we desire fellowship with other believers. And WHY the Bible is the inspired Word of God. And so on.

Most importantly, Christians at this stage of growth are liberated from the limiting beliefs imposed upon them by other people, even other good people. The younger children are full of argument, opinion, defense, and either/or thinking. For them, the less they think they know the more distressed they become. Pose a question to them that is not in their catechism (literal or figurative) and they will be off to look up the answer so they can impress you with the solution the next time you meet. They haven’t yet learned that there will always be someone in the world who is smarter and can come up with a more brilliant argument, right or wrong. It seems their whole goal is to confound the world with WHAT they believe.

Not so the Christians with some maturity. The Christians at this stage realize they don’t know as much as they thought they did, but they know what matters. They are no longer straining out the gnat while swallowing the camel. They do not have as many answers, but neither do they have as many questions. Their spiritual life follows a steady, even course.

The Mature Adult Says, I Know WHOM I Believe

There is a certain downside to the intermediate stage of growth, and that is a danger to lean upon our own understanding. Now that we know WHY we believe we are apt to begin teaching the younger ones. People will look to us for answers. We tend to tell them all we know, even more than we know. We are in danger of falling prey to an intellectual faith instead of a Spirit walk. Naturally speaking, teenagers and college students have a lot of knowledge. In fact, according to their own mind, they are smarter and more enlightened than anyone over the age of thirty. Once they reach thirty they will realize how little they really knew about life. Academic learning is no substitute for experience, and experience takes time. In spiritual things we will always be growing. Even the spiritually mature will continue to grow and learn.

We must see the process of maturity through to completion. To illustrate, let us imagine that we here on earth desire to reach the moon. That is a definitive goal which we can see. We can measure the distance and make plans to reach the moon. To us here on earth that is the ultimate in space exploration. Now let us imagine that one day we reach the moon. Just as we become acclimated to this enormous triumph, our eyes turn upward yet again and we see the vast expanse of space, the innumerable stars, planets, and galaxies, stretched out before us for more than 15,000,000,000 light years, and enlarging its borders faster than we could ever hope to keep up. We will never get to the end of it.

Suddenly, we realize all that we have accomplished in reaching the moon is but a drop in the bucket. In the grand scheme of the universe it is so small as to be infinitesimal. Of course you had no idea that the universe was this large while confined to the atmosphere of Earth, but now, having journeyed a bit beyond, you see just how large it is.

This, in a nutshell, is what it is to find ourselves lost in the depths of Christ. The edge of the universe is beyond our reach, but even it is finite in terms of size. This vast universe is summed up into Christ. The Creator is larger than the creation. So it follows that the more we know of Him, the less we realize we know. All the learning and spiritual experience of all the saints since the foundation of the world hardly makes a dent into the richness of Christ.

Job was left speechless after his encounter with God. He entered into a dialogue with the Creator thinking he knew what he was talking about. Thoroughly confounded and reduced to nothing, Job regretted having spoken of things that he knew nothing about. His idea of God was totally shattered. Before he had heard about God, but having seen God, he realized he didn’t know anything. Ironically, his confessed ignorance was higher and more noble than the wisdom of his counselors who claimed to know God, but had never seen Him.

This is the difference between revelation and head-knowledge, between seeing for yourself and merely hearing about. The man who says, “I don’t know” is finally beginning to know. Once he can see, he can say, “I know whom I have believed” and be accurate, even though he doesn’t know anything in and of himself. It is a case of owning nothing, but possessing everything. The Christian is poor in spirit, yet blessed with every spiritual blessing.

Christianity is a spiritual paradox designed to confound man’s wisdom and reduce him to Christ. If it were only a teaching or a philosophy, it would be easy to follow. But Christianity is not a teaching or a philosophy, it is a Man. Take away the Man and there is no Christianity. It is all about giving up your own life in order to receive the Life of Another.

The more I write, the more I realize I don’t know anything. A million words cannot convey HIM. Everything of me is filthy rags; who am I? Who am I, really? What do I know? Nothing, not one thing. Oh, I’ve seen a little fragment, and I can hardly express THAT, much less anything beyond that. I am a man of unclean lips, in a generation of people with unclean lips, and like Job there is not much else to do but sit in the ashes and loathe myself. There have been times when I laid down my pen or shut off my computer and said I would never write again. All that I thought I knew I realized I did not know. What I did know I could not find words to describe.

We don’t know this Jesus we think we know. He is Wholly Other, totally, supremely, magnificently GOD. Only God can remain silent while we speak blasphemies and heresies in His name. He allows mankind to distort and misrepresent and bring people to a place of despair, just so He can then step in and reveal Himself for Who He really is. And He is never, ever, ever, ever what you thought. Nothing is as you have been told. And then, once you meet Him, you cannot describe Him, except to say He is nothing like what you had been told. Beyond description.

When we realize we don’t know, then Christ becomes our Wisdom so we CAN know. When we are children we are apt to say, I know WHAT I believe. As we grow out of infancy and begin to wrestle with the deeper questions and issues of the Christian faith we will learn to say, I know WHY I believe. The ultimate experience, however, is to be brought to a place where we can say with confidence, I know WHOM I believe.

Knowing WHAT is a beginning. Knowing WHY is progress. Knowing WHO is maturity.

There is a time in our life when we penetrate the veil and from henceforth we KNOW Whom we have believed. It is no longer a question of belief, reason, argument, or opinion. We simply know.

Wait a minute, someone will say. First you say we cannot know Him, then you say that we can know Him. Which is it? All I can say is, it is both.

The child is preoccupied by WHAT, the young adult is consumed by WHY, and the mature believer is obsessed with WHO.

A brother wanted to know what holiness was. So, he found over 200 Scriptures on the subject, arranged them in order, and committed them to memory. Yet, he still didn’t know what holiness was. He felt empty inside. Finally he met an elderly sister who was holy. He finally saw Holiness, and it struck him to the ground. He then knew, because he saw. What he saw was not a concept or a teaching, but Holiness living through the elderly saint. It was not a virtue or a code of conduct, but a Person, Who was expressing His holiness through a yielded vessel.

Another brother was in a similar situation. He was emphatic about what he believed until someone with equal or greater argument confronted him. This occurred one day and someone pointed out several supposed “errors” in the Bible. This caused the brother to be very alarmed. He went to the same elderly lady and informed her of these alleged errors and wanted to know her opinion. She simply stated that the knowledge of God did not depend upon the answering of these questions. He thought, perhaps not to you, but to me it is important! So he spent the next year investigating what this other person had told him and found it to be untrue. But, had he simply known God He would not have found it necessary to study the whole thing and reason it out. The elderly sister was right, the knowledge of God did not depend upon the answering of those questions. If you know Who, knowing what and why become less significant.

No one illustrates this better than Paul the apostle. As the final hours were upon him, what was his testimony? He did not say, “I know what I believe.” A man of extraordinary intellect and education, he had forgotten more about Judaism and Christianity than most people will ever know.

He did not say, “I know why I believe”. Of course he knew why he believed. He didn’t have to say it. The years of persecution and prison had made him better, not bitter. For the first time in his life he knew what real joy was. But even knowing what and why would not be enough to carry him through this much suffering.

What was his secret? “I know WHOM I have believed, and I am confident that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him.”

You can start out with WHAT, sort through it with WHY, but it ultimately leads to WHO.

Who else? Christ as all in all. Everything leads to Him. All the questions, all the answers. Everything is reduced to Him, for He is the sum of all spiritual things. When we are reduced to Him, then we will be satisfied. Let us lose our life that we may gain our Life and know Whom we have believed. Amen.

30 Comments

  1. Cassie Ehn

    Wow, this article really blows a theory I have heard many times out of the water. The theory says know what you believe and why you believe it. I love how you put into words the real importance in maturing. Thank you so much!

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  2. Diran Amao

    Hmmmmm, the second paragraph in the intro calls for a great deal of sober reflection….May we always remember how long and how much effort it took the Lord to bring us to whatever level of spiritual maturity we may think we have reached and patiently relate with those we consider to be “immature” or “childish” ……

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  3. heidi boot

    Dear Chip, I find the leadings of the Spirit most amazingly simple, profound and specific. I logged on this morning and downloaded this article planning to read it at my convenience. Then going to my daily infinite supply clicked on the 6th and 7th, I do get behind, found that both entries sounded familiar. I had to laugh when it hit me that they were attached to this article. I can’t wait to see what the “Spirit is saying to the church.”

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  4. Mary

    Thank goodness we can know “Who he is”. During such hard times as I am experiencing, it is my only hope. Truly knowing “Who he is”.
    I ask for prayers for these times. Knowing others are praying, is a comfort.
    Thank you.

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  5. Ken Burgess

    Chip, I am 65 years old and it seems the more I think I know HIM the more of HIM there is to discover. I sincerely wish that you could do as Martin Luther did and “nail this thesis to the door of the institutional church.”

    As I read this article I could sense FATHERS’ hand on my shoulder and as usually happens I began to weep.I did not know why this happened but every time TRUTH makes HIS entrance into my spirit HE touches me in the brokenness of my soul. Knowing HIM is everything.

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  6. Jeff

    Thank you chip for sharing this article with us.The who,what, why,where, hows,of Jesus is all summed up for the [ECCLESIA]in Relationship with Jesus!If one doesn’t have or want a father son/daughter relationship with Jesus,all the answers in the world will never suffice.

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  7. MOHANDAS PALAN

    Oh, dear brother ..tears were filled in my eyes…as i was reading…I only say, i have not yet know Him…!!! love you brother.

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  8. Carylen Terry

    Thank you!

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  9. Laura Petrisin

    Excellent job at laying out this teaching, Chip. I used to get in so many theological debates and became quite adept at mental gymnastics! Lol! It didn’t translate into much spiritual growth however. Let me say this, too – I left the institutional church some years ago because much of what was going on was troubling my spirit far more than refreshing it. But as you have stated – getting out of the religious system does not mean the religious system has gotten out of you. I thought it did. No, it is a process and the Holy Spirit takes many pains to show me how entrenched it is inside of me. So, I thank you for this course. It is a really good tool to help get us into alignment with the Lord.

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    • Chip Brogden

      Good to hear from you Laura. “The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life…”

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  10. zotha Myeni

    thank you, i feel like saying i can see the light, Amen

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  11. Regina Sanchez

    Beautifully written. Lord help me know You and You alone!

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  12. Latonya Roberts

    this has blessed me…so much. I need and long to know YOU LORD. In a very real way.

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  13. maureen perkins

    Thank You Lord. I am just getting to know Whom and it starting by a painful decreasing, but worth every bit of it. Thank you for your teaching .

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  14. Patrick Maina

    With such an unveiling, I’d be a fool to hold on to my life. May I decrease so He might increase. Amen, and thank you brother.

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  15. Dave Henderson

    Wonderful words.

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  16. Frank Pytel

    I was reminded of a hymn by a brother named Whittle that could be sung with your fellowship.
    He says in the hymn, “I know not why”, “I know not how”, I know not what”, I know not when”,
    but “I know WHOM”. It is all HIM! “To know HIM”!
    thank you.
    in Christ, a brother

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  17. Wilma Korthuis

    Thank you

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  18. kenneth dawson

    man that is a great post to read right after church–we were having some discussions about how there are so many Christian people out in life and you wonder if they really are saved at all and this article helped a lot–I think I was saying the same things to them but they would be better off reading your article.

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  19. James Mal

    What, why and who are three steps of the ladder of the Spiritual growth. During the younger days of my Christian life, I used to change my church ever few months. Why? I used to get disappointed, when the Pastor says, repeatedly, the Bible Says, the Bible Says, the Bible says. The written text is subject to interpretations. One God, One Bible and nine thousand denominations in This World. Who is responsible for that? Jesus prayed to the Father, they all be One as we are One.”

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  20. molly

    Thank you Dear Chip. i ever enjoy the presence of God through the great inspiring enriching teachings. And this one is excellent for me to know that i am nothing . we need to learn much of Job the last chapter how god dealt with Job making him pray for the other friends to show much how we need each other in LOVE .god Bless you

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  21. Chinyereme

    Thanks for this great exposition. Once again you’ve done justicce to a pricking issue in my heart. Sowhat do we answer those who purposely want to engage us in unnecessary argument. And ask, ‘Who wrote te Bible, a doctored and disjointed controversial document that contrdicts itself?’ Do we ignore, answer or just tell the, “I know Whom I believed!”

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  22. Rick

    After reading your article I am reminded of 1 john 2:12-14. The why part can be brutal. The Father works in me to unlearn so many things before I can correctly learn things. It truly is a death to self, carnal mind, flesh whatever your flavor may be. But these experiences truly work a deep and lasting work. A work greater than memorizing a few scriptures, or having a bible study or whatever. Not that there is anything wrong with those. Thanks for your article it got me between the eyes with a blast of truth and reality. Helps you see the big picture while in the trenches. Thanks.

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    • Timothy Baugh

      Dear Chinyereme, Once anyone truly KNOWS (not just knows ABOUT) Jesus Christ can he or she EVER deny such? Perhaps. We learn of Him through the highs and lows, in the good and bad of life; AND EVEN THEN WE CAN NOT EVER KNOW THE SMALLEST ‘INKLING’ OF WHOM HE TRULY IS! Experience. It can only speak for oneself. Until Jesus has “all of you”, just like you, with your best friend or mate, do we really KNOW Him? I think you can get the point I am trying to make. Please tell others how Jesus has changed you as a person. If they can not really see that, then perhaps you need to get to know Him better. But I trust you DO KNOW Him. With love to you in Christ. Timothy.

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  23. Barry Honeycutt

    I Chip My Brother, entered in at the Gate Jan 18, 1983 and sat down. Sad to say Brother, but I could not reconcile, once saved always saved with “he that endures unto the end, the same shall be saved. Its the path I could not see. The cross gets us into the Gate, but the life walking in the Spirit in which I must decrease so that the Messiah must Increase, gets us down the path, where he (me) that endures unto the end, the same shall be saved. That’s #1 and #2 That helped me tremendously was the fact that my son Jon Mark, is not 13 years old and he is growing physically as well as spiritually. He is starting to leave the “milk” of the word and asking WHY? This I took as questioning me, and therefore the conflict. After prayerfully completing this lesson #6 and praying my eyes to be opened, The Spirit revealed to me what Jon Mark was doing – trying to grow, and not only was I not growing but I was hindering him. He was not “questioning” my authority, but asking WHY? which is natural to ask as reaching (Spiritual) adolescence. I told him what I had went through and learned, and I now realized what Jon Mark had been trying to tell me. We both wept, and as I had my hand on my sons shoulder he said: Dad your hand is so warm. Just thank you my Brother for being faithful, not for your knowledge for we know where it came from, but I can say thank you for letting Him increase in your life. And teaching us through the HOLY Spirit how to let HIM have the preeminence in our lives.
    Your fellow bondservant
    Barry

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  24. Der

    This is simply the voice of the Wholly Ghost that every one MUST read and pray pray pray and pray
    Be blessed Chip

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  25. Jackie

    LOVE the picture of the baby!!! Made me smile! Jackie

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  26. Nicholas Flores

    The knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ comes from Christ as we grow in obedience to Him. Jesus said (John 14:21), “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who love Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” Such knowledge of Christ includes both facts about Him (as revealed in Scripture) and knowing Him personally. We need both.

    Knowledge about Christ keeps us from the many errors of the false cults that deny the deity of Jesus Christ. But Christ is not just a subject to be studied; He also is a person to be known. We should be growing to know Him personally on a deeper and deeper level as we spend frequent time with Him in His Word and in prayer.

    The Christian life is a matter of progressively growing in submission to Christ as through God’s Word you see more of who He is and more of who you are.

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  27. alison

    I love the photo! One of my favourites is the Apostle Paul -once he got his sight back, he ‘really’ knew in ‘Whom’ he believed. Even when his friends tried to dissuade him from going here, or going there, due to the risk factor, Paul knew the call, knew indeed the risks, his life itself, but he knew so strongly in the ‘Whom’ he believed, it was of little matter. Most of us may not have the immediate faith conviction that Paul had straight away, as it develops over time, when we see the hand of Grace, quietly working in our day to day lives. We are told in 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”. So we do our own exploration and/or study, coupled with our enduring ‘spiritual’ relationship and fellowship with Christ. The ups and downs of our lives serve their purpose too, as do relationships with others. God uses everything in our lives, and if we agree to yield to Him, we may mature more easily and quickly. There are of course many variables in each of our lives, for it all to be so simplistic, however at the end of the day,
    we will mature if we surrender.

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  28. Jim Rivet

    Chip- I look at Jesus, at the age of 12 he already knew more than the High Priest’s and Scribes and so call theologians. Yet, it was 18 more years before he started his ministry. God’s word states to don’t be so quick to be a teacher, as they will be held more accountable. That doesn’t deter them though. My cousin had only been a christian for 3 or 4 years and started a Church. We wonder why there is no unity, it’s because man is teaching man ( blind leading blind). Everywhere you look there’s a Church popping up. Notice I capitalized Church, because it’s of man and their pride. Where in the Bible – it’s church of God. If a pastor / teacher has not been taught by the Holy Spirit, then they are not of God. They are” Wolves in Sheep clothing”, and their master is the Devil. They peddle God’s Word for their own profit, while doing their master’s work of : robbing, murdering and destroying lives. The Churches of today asked them who wants to come except the Lord tonight ? Who cares if the Holy Spirit hasn’t drawn them – just run them through like cattle. They got get that money flowing. Oh- by the way don’t forget to purchase : CD or book on the way out, and come back brother. That way we can fill your head with all that smooth talking and the false teaching’s . Don’t ask about Spiritual Truths, heck we don’t know it all- cause we just started 4 or 5 years ago our selves. We have our doctrines from our sister Church, but we’re working on ours with all the modern technology of this World. Don’t worry we got pre-recorded everything. I’ve seen and heard enough.

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