- God Is Able to Make Things Known to Us
- Faith Has to Do with That Which We Cannot See
- Knowledge with Certainty
- To Reveal Is to Make Known
Faith does not have to do with ignorance or speculation (1 Timothy 1:4). It has to do with that which we know to be true (The Knowledge of the Truth). This means being sure of what we know (Knowledge with Certainty).
John 4:22 – The Samaritans established their worship in hope rather than in faith. That is, that did not build their worship on what God had revealed (i.e. made them to know) through the prophets (2 Chronicles 20:20) and therefore were merely indulging their vain imaginations.
Romans 8:38, 39 – “For I am convinced that…”
Romans 8:38-39 KJV – “For I am persuaded, that…”
Romans 8:38-39 ESV – “For I am sure that…”
Romans 8:38-39 GNT – “For I am certain that…”
Bible Gateway catalogs 52 English translations, including the NASB. I looked at all these translations of this verse and found the following:
23 of the 52 translate as “convinced.”
13 of the 52 translate as “persuaded”
11 of the 52 translate as “sure”
3 of the 52 translate as “certain” (GNT, JUB, WYC)
1 of the 52 translate as “know” (New Life Version – NLV)
1 of the 52 translate as “have every confidence” (The Voice – VOICE)
2 Corinthians 10:5 – No thought should be considered more important than the knowledge God gives us by His word.
1 Timothy 1:4 – We should not speculate on those things that God has not told us, but rather build our lives on those things that we know because He has told us that they are true (Deuteronomy 29:29).
Exodus 32:1 – The golden calf was built upon the self-acknowledged ignorance of the Israelites (“we do not know what has become of him”). Thus did the Israelites depart from faith, for faith has to do with that which we know and understand because God has spoken such that we might know and understand (Deuteronomy 29:29).
Psalm 46:10 – “Cease striving and know that I am God…”
Psalm 46:10 KJV – “Be still, and know that I am God…”
Psalm 46:10 ESV – “Be still, and know that I am God…”