We live in a world when it seems that everything we thought we knew is turned upside down.
Morals. Ethics. Religion. Marriage. Gender. Right and wrong. Good and Evil. And absolute truth have all become targets of subjectivism. We are constantly told, “there is no absolute truth.” That everything is relative. And that each of us have a right to our “own truth.”
However, some things in life we just know. Either by observation. Experience. Intuition. Or just plain common sense, which it seems has become rather uncommon in our age.
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 Jesus was raised from the Dead.
The Bible affirms the resurrection of our Lord. Witnesses saw him. ( The sadness of the disciples was turned to gladness. (Lk. 24) Doubting Thomas became believing Thomas. (Jn. 20:24-29).The resurrection was at the heart of the gospel message. (1 Cor. 15). Critics could not deny it. The tomb was empty. The apostles stacked their lives on this fact. And were willing to suffer and die for the resurrected Savior whose story they preached with feeling and ferver.
(2) 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.
(3) 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.
(4) I know that I am not Satan’s 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.
(5) 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.
Don’t be discouraged or dissuaded by the deception of the devil and his disciples. We can know Truth. It is unchanging. Unbending. And unalterable. When the eyes of our understanding are enlightened by God’s Word there is so much that we can 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