The Lord knoweth them that are His
by Terry Broome
Do you believe that God knows you personally and cares for you in your time of need? If you’ve ever doubted, even for a moment, that God is alive and aware of the needs of all his creatures, then you need the reassurance offered from two wonderful texts that should thrill your soul.
2 Timothy 2:19 (KJV) 19 “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
John 10:27-28 (KJV) 27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
God’s Word tells us that God is alive and powerfully revealed in the universe. We marvel with King David as to the glory of our Great God! Psalms 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”
In a discussion concerning the ungodly and unrighteous who would not glorify Jehovah as God, the Apostle Paul affirms in Romans 1:20 (KJV) 20 “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” God gave enough evidence of Himself to compel an awareness that He exists.
We call this Natural Revelation. It doesn’t tell us who God is, or how He deals with mankind, but it affirms that He lives. Special Revelation is God’s way of introducing Himself to Us through the inspired Word. There we learn of His personality and nature as well as His plan for mankind.
It’s sad to note that many people through the ages invented their own gods, and gave up the knowledge of the one True and Living God. God gave them up according to Romans 1:24. To those who accept the testimony of nature and the Bible, they can know that “The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein” (Psalms 24:1).
The Bible tells us that He knows and blesses those who are His (as per our text of 2 Timothy 2:19). Some may have concluded that God is too far away or too busy running His universe to care very much about us; however, not one sparrow can fall to the ground without His knowledge of it (Matt. 10:29-31). God has given this seal, “The Lord knoweth them that are his…” (2 Timothy 2:19). A seal is used as a guarantee of the truthfulness of a thing. In Revelation 7:2-4, John reveals that God has sealed his servants in their foreheads to separate them from Satan’s followers. This is a book of symbolical messages and we don’t see a physical mark on our foreheads. What we do get from the book is that God wants to reassure His people of His protection and acceptance of us.
Our confidence is founded on God’s promises, (Hebrews 6:17-19). Our hope is anchored in Heaven and supported by the trustworthiness of His own Word!
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