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    - Knowing the Author –

    2 Timothy 1:12, "I know whom I have believed"
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    The Apostle Paul in his letter to Timothy, didn’t say, "I know in whom I have believed," although this was also true. He didn't say, "I know what I have believed," although this also was true. Moreover, the Apostle Paul said, "I know whom I have believed" (2 Timothy 1:12). Not only did Paul know something about Jesus Christ, but he also knew Him personally. Salvation isn't merely a matter of knowing something but believing Someone. My friend, do you know Him? If so, do you enjoy reading what He says? If you know the author of the Book, you will love His Book. To illustrate my point … a young woman laid aside a certain book she was reading because she thought it was rather dull. But some time later she became engaged to be married. One evening as they were sitting on the porch watching a beautiful sunset she said to her fiancι, "I have a book written by a man with the same name as yours. Isn't that a coincidence!" The man replied, "That's not a coincidence, you see I wrote the book that you have!" That very night she sat up until the wee hours of the morning reading the book she once found to be very dull. It was now the most exciting book she had ever read. You see she had fallen in love with the author.
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    Further thoughts:

    The apostle Paul reminded young Timothy of the importance of knowing God's Word (2 Timothy 3:14-17) and of carefully and diligently carrying out his ministry of teaching others (2 Timothy 2:15). The goal of such teaching is not just learning, but Christlike living. Paul wrote, "Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife" (vv. 22-23). Today, and every day, let's make time to study God's Word with diligence and purpose, because without the knowledge of God and His purposes revealed in Scripture and in His Son, Jesus Christ, we finite humans with our deceitfully wicked heart and sin-darkened minds have at best a blurred picture of the invisible and all powerful Creator. However, when we pick up the Bible and encounter a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Man who was God-in-the-flesh, the blurred picture fades away as we study and are obedient to His statutes and commandments. As the Savior Himself declared, "He who has seen Me has seen the Father" (John 14:9).
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    (1) So, "Is the Bible a dull book to you?"
    (2) If it is, then you should meet the Author, because to know Jesus Christ, the Living Word, is to Love the Bible, the written Word.
    "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil" - Proverbs 3:5-7


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    Corrie ten boom said:

    "First we need to feed on the word of God, digest it, make it a part of our being. This will mean disciplined Bible study each day as we not only memorize long passages of scripture, but put the principles to work in our lives.

    Next we need to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Not just the Jesus of yesterday, the Jesus of history, but the life-changing Jesus of today who is still alive and sitting at the right hand of God.

    We must be filled with the Holy Spirit. This is no optional command of the Bible, it is absolutely necessary. Those earthly disciples could never have stood up under the persecution of the Jews and Romans had they not waited for Pentecost. Each of us needs our own personal Pentecost, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We will never be able to stand in the tribulation without it."

    arcadia

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    I agree that we need to apply the teachings of Christ as we seek His Word in our everyday lives.

    The Bible is the greatest book in history! Alleluia. Being God's Word, it will live up to time, situation and all sorts of tragedies, but are we willing to live His Word within our hearts?

    ...Ivory

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