SOME THINGS WE KNOW Andy Hollifield 2-4-19
1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
Know—-To perceive or understand as truth or fact; to apprehend clearly and with certainty. To have fixed or established in the memory or mind.
Have you ever though about the word “know?” Knowing something is more certain than thinking something. When you know something, it means there is no room left to doubt the fact that you know it. Here in the south we have some sayings that are intended to put a solemn guarantee on things we know. Here are a few of them; “Just as sure as I’m standing here” and “Just as sure as my name is what it is” and “You can take that to the bank” and one of my favorites, “If I’m lyin’ I’m dyin’!” We don’t take things lightly that we put our word to with those sayings. The reason we take it so serious is because of a few more old sayings we have: “A man’s word is his bond” and “A man is only as good as his word” and “You have my word on it.”
I was reading this verse in 1 John recently when I was writing and I was struck by the first two words; “We know.” This verse got me to thinking about some of the things the bible says we know. The words “we know” are used thirteen times in the book of 1 John alone. Isaiah 59:12 says “For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them.” Sometimes I wish I didn’t know my iniquities but I also know I have a God that will forgive them all if I will only repent. Hosea 6:3 says in short, “then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord:” he will come to us. Matthew 22:16 speaks of the Pharisees trying to tangle up Jesus in his own words, started off with a bit of truth. “Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth…” If they had of only applied what they said they knew to their hearts, they would have no longer been Pharisees. John 3:2 tells of Nicodemus admission when he first came to Christ by night. He said, “Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God, for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.” Romans 8:26 speaks about something we don’t know. It says “We know not what we should pray for as we ought.” Have you ever been there, to the place you didn’t know what to pray for? I am glad that when we just don’t know, we know “the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” I am glad that when I am so burdened I can’t even pray and don’t know what I need anyway, the Spirit knows and goes before the throne on my behalf and is able to speak what is in my heart that I can’t even put into words. Two verses later in 8:28, it says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” I don’t ever have to doubt that God has my best interest at heart and everything he does in my life, both good and bad, is for my benefit. That, I can rest assured in. Paul also said in 1 Corinthians 13:9 that we only know the things of God in part. I am glad that one day, I will know the rest of it. He also said in 2 Corinthians 5:1 that when we leave this body, we have a new one in heaven that is eternal and can’t ever die.
Now we are at 1 John 2:3. “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” In verse 18 the writer says, “It is the last time.” He goes on to say that by the presence of many antichrists in the world, we know it is. Chapter 3 verse 2 says, “We know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him.” We also know that “We shall see him as he is.” In 3:14 it says “We know that we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren.” If you can’t “love the brethren,” it’s a good indication that you are still abiding in death. Verse 19 says when we see our brother in need and have compassion on him and try to meet his need, we know we are of the truth. Verse 24 says “We know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he has given us.” In chapter 5, verse 2 says if we love the Lord and keep his commandments, we know we love God’s people. Verse 15 says, “And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” verse 18 says “We know that whatsoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.” Ain’t that a blessing? Satan might afflict our bodies and wreak havoc in our minds at times, but he still can’t touch our soul. Verse 19 says “And we know that we are of God…” Verse 20 says that we know Jesus has come and given us an understanding that we could know him that is true.
One of the very best scriptures about things we know, was spoken by a man who spent a long time when he couldn’t get a word from God. Job 19:25-27 says, “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: (26) And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: (27) Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.” That’s a promise and a half isn’t it? I know he lives and I’m going to see him for myself. What a blessing!
I am thankful that there are some things that we can know. Some things we don’t have to wonder about. According to Ephesians 2:4 we know God “is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us.” I’m glad I also that God “is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). I am also glad we can know “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Finally, in John 6:37 we know “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” That means that “we know” that God in his great love loved us. He so loved all of us that he gave Jesus to die for our sins. We know that he said anybody that will can come. We know that if we repent, he will have mercy and he won’t turn us away. I know this has been a lot of scripture. But I know that God’s word is a record book of all the things we can know “clearly and with certainty.” “And you can take that to the bank.” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!