Yesterday I was listening to an old song by singer and song writer, Lee Ann Womack, who is known for her traditional country-style. The top twenty song, entitled Some Things I know, begins with these lyrics:
There’s some things I know to be true
Snow is white and the ocean is blue
Rain is wet when it falls from the sky
And the stars come out every night
And just as sure as the sun will rise
The love is real you see in my eyes
Plant a seed and it will grow
Some things I know
Some things in life we just know. Either by observation. Experience. Or intuition. Then there are things we know by revelation. From God’s Word. The Bible. In his letter to the Roman Christians, Paul tells us some things we can know.
Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. (Rom 6:3-10).
(1) I know that I am dead to sin. How? Because when baptized, I was immersed into a new relationship. With Christ. With him who loves me and died for me. I was buried into his death. As He died, I died to sin. And I was “washed in His blood” (Rev. 1:5). I know that. And that gives assurance.
(2) I know that I am alive with Christ. Christ died, but was raised. I died to sin, but was raised. Christ is alive. I am alive. I enjoy life in all its fullness because of Jesus. I know that. And that supplies joy.
(3) I know that I am not Satan’s sin slave. He doesn’t own me. I don’t have to listen to him. He can only harm me if I give him permission. His power is limited. Why? Because of the power of Christ. Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn 8:32). Thanks be to God, I’m free. I know that. And that provides peace.
(4) I know that death has no dominion over me. Since I am not sin’s slave, death doesn’t control me. It has no power over me. It doesn’t frighten me. I am not manipulated by Satan or his minions. I know Jesus is the resurrection and the life. And that offers hope.
As Lee Ann’s hit song says, there are Some Things I Know. I know God loves me. I know that Jesus died for me. I know that I am heaven bound! That’s why I know I have assurance. Joy. Peace. And hope.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman