2 Timothy 1:12
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed…
I. ONE GROUND OF THE APOSTLE'S ASSURANCE WAS A PERSUASION THAT CHRIST IS ABLE TO KEEP THE SOULS COMMITTED UNTO HIM.
1. It is implied that Christ is able to bring the soul into a state of salvation.
2. This persuasion of the apostle implied that Christ is able also to preserve the soul in a state of salvation. He added, as the other ground of his assurance —
II. A CONSCIOUSNESS THAT HE HAD HIMSELF COMMITTED UNTO CHRIST HIS OWN SOUL. However firmly he might be persuaded of Christ's ability to save the souls committed to Him, he yet could not be assured that He would save his soul unless he felt conscious of the fact, that it was really committed unto Him. Let us now see what things this consciousness also implied.
1. It implied that he had knowingly given up all thoughts and hopes of saving himself by his own merits and doings.
2. It was further implied in it, that he now knowingly placed all his hopes and dependence on the sacrifice and mediation of Jesus Christ alone.
3. But it was also implied in it that, from the time in which he had thus renounced his own righteousness, and by faith had hoped in the righteousness of Christ, he had lived and acted consistently with such a faith and hope.
Parallel VersesKJV: For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
WEB: For this cause I also suffer these things. Yet I am not ashamed, for I know him whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to guard that which I have committed to him against that day.