Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

What was it Paul knew?

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

19th September 2010

Although Paul did not claim to know everything (Acts 20:22; 1 Corinthians 1:16), he did have a tremendous grasp of the gospel and he tells us that we too can know what he knows:

In Ephesians 3:2-4 he says,

‘Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ’

Throughout his writings Paul specially mentions four things he knew:

1. He knew who he believed in

‘…of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day’.(2 Timothy 1:11-12)

Paul didn’t just know “what” he believed, but “whom” – The Lord Jesus Christ.

And what do we know about Jesus?

‘I know that my Redeemer lives…’ (Job 19:25) and ‘…because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them’. (Hebrews 7:24-25).

2. He knew all things work together for good for God’s people

‘…we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose’ (Romans 8:28).

We know that all things work for our good because:

  • God cares for His people. (1 Peter 5:7; cf. Matthew 6:25-34)
  • God overrules circumstances for good. (Philippians 1:12)
  • God disciplines His children. (Hebrews 12)
  • God limits our temptations. (1 Corinthians 10:12,13).

3. He knew the fear of the Lord

‘For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience’. (2 Corinthians 5:10–11)

We know of God’s past judgements:

  • The Flood (Genesis 6)
  • Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19)
  • Nadab and Abihu. (Leviticus 10)
  • Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5)
  • Herod. (Acts 12:20-23).

We know that there is a future judgement to come (Romans 2:5-11; Hebrews 9:27), and we know ‘our God is a consuming fire’. (Hebrews 12:29).

As Jesus Himself said, ‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell’. (Matthew 10:28)

But,

4. He knew with God we can have a glorious future

‘Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands’. (2Corinthians 5:1).

Tomorrow may contain many uncertainties. (cf. James 4:13-15), but eternity with God is certain for those who have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour (John 3:16; cf. 2 Timothy 4:6-8).

Do you know what Paul knew?

Have a good week getting to know ‘The Mystery of Christ’

Pastor Barry

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