"I know whom I have believed". These words of certainty convey to every Believer the confidence to say the same as the man who first said them, Paul the apostle:
"... I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day," 2 Timothy 1'12.
Believers through the centuries have said it, and Believers today can also say "I know".
Years earlier than when Paul spoke about knowing, Jesus had spoken about Believers knowing God, knowing Him and about eternal life:
"And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom You have sent," John 17'1-3.
But how does an unbeliever receive this eternal life that leads to knowing God? The answer lies in receiving a gift! But what is the gift and how is it received?
The first step is to recognise that every person's basic situation is the same. Romans 3'23 and 6'23 explain:
"... there is no difference; all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God".
"... the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord".
The gift is offered to every sinner who repents, believes and receives Jesus. To receive Him is to receive the gift.
Paul speaks of the gift this way: "This is a faithful saying ... Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief," 1 Timothy 1'15.
Knowings are understandings (sometimes called "revelations"). They come by the Holy Spirit, from Christ's New Covenant Kingdom word.
By them He gives the assurance and confidence that keeps God's People safe and victorious. And keeps them in the place where the He can move in their lives.