One of the most powerful statements in scripture is “We know…”. This phrase is personal and emphatic. What the Bible is getting ready to promise, “we know” it is true and assures you that it will be done.
Many times, when asked, someone will quote Romans 8:28, in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” In it, the Apostle Paul proclaims a solid promise that God works all things for the good of those who love Him. He didn’t say all things are good but confidently states that God works all things “for the good.” Great stuff! However, we often leave off the first part of the verse which personalizes it…”And we know.” On a personal basis, I don’t stand daily on this verse until “I know.”
Romans 5:3-5 is absolute rock-solid truth that we need to recognize and stand on, 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. We are told to glory in our sufferings which produces perseverance which produces character which produces hope which assures us that love has been poured out into our hearts. But you know what? As strong as this is, it does no good unless “we know that” which is stated in verse 3 and makes this real to you. Folks can quote these verses and shout out loud about it but until we genuinely, personally “know it” on a moment-by-moment application basis, it does not come alive in your heart.
Romans 6 is about our identity with Christ. When He died, I died. When He got out of the grave, so did I in His resurrected power!! We are united with Him. Wow! In verse 6, as a result of this “our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” Potent stuff! However, I left off the first three words of this verse and what makes it significant to you personally, “For we know.” The truths in Romans 6 can give you overcoming life. However, until “we know” it will not have impact on your life.
Once “We know” personally, the promises in the Bible come alive.