Confidence In God
II Timothy 1:12
“For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded (win over, believed or have assurance in) that he is able to keep that which I have committed to Him until that day”. What had Paul committed to the Lord? His life. Why he was confident that the Lord could keep what was committed to him and can we have this same confidence? In order to follow someone, we must place our confidence in that person that they are able to perform what we commit to them. Notice some verses from the Bible that show us we can place our confidence in the Lord.
Exodus 3:14, “and God said to Moses, I Am who I AM. And he said, thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I AM sent me to you”. When Moses was sent by God to lead the children of Israel out of bondage, Moses ask God, “What if the children ask who sent me, who should I tell them? (vs.12). This was to be Moses reply, “I AM who I AM has sent me”. What would this mean to the children of Israel?
John 8:24, Christ says, “therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins”. What did Christ say they must do? Believe that “I AM”. Today likewise we must believe that Christ is the, “I AM”. Then what must I believe about him?
John 8:28, “ then Jesus said to them, when you lift up the son of Man, then you will know that “ I AM” and that I do nothing of myself, but as my Father taught me, I speak these things”. Jesus here in these two verses revealed to them who he was, yet they failed to understand who he was and put him to death. John 8:58, “Jesus said to them, most assuredly I say to you, before Abraham was, “I AM. In verse 59, they tried to kill him.
By using this, “I AM”, those during Jesus time should have known who he was having reference to. Exodus 3:14. God there told Moses, “tell them I AM has sent me. Israel then knew when Moses said “I AM” has sent me would know to whom Moses was referring to.
John 8:58, “ before Abraham was, I AM. Jesus did not say before Abraham was born, I was born. Before Abraham was (came into existence) I AM. Abraham had a beginning, did not always exist. The contrast here is, I AM is uncreated, absolute, eternal, always existing and independent of time. Those in the book of Exodus knew this. They knew “I AM “meant eternal God, the one who had no beginning or ending. They knew he was the one who created all things, is all powerful, all knowing , and is always present to everyone. He was someone they could put their trust in.
Read Isaiah 43:1-13. There was no one before him nor there be no one to come after him. We should understand today to whom “I AM” is referring and we can have complete confidence in him. As Paul stated, “I believe he can keep that which I commit to him. do we show the same trust today concerning our souls?
- CL Bruner