“for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.” II Timothy 1: 12b
In my opinion, this verse is one of the most telling verses in all of the New Testament. It's one of Paul’s last earthly writings and in it he discloses to us the root of his steadfastness. He didn’t just believe in Jesus, he knew Him. It was this close relationship with Jesus that would sustain Paul in one of the loneliest times of his life. He goes on to say in his second letter to Timothy that when he was put on trial for the sake of the gospel, not one person stood by his side but all deserted him. It’s sad to think that after all Paul had done, all the people he served and ministered to, not one of them stood by him in support. But it did not affect Paul in the least, he says, “But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me” (II Timothy 4:17). Paul’s steadfast faith was a result of his intimate relationship with Christ. All his needs were met in the person of Jesus, whether they were companionship, support, strength or whatever else he faced in life. He looked only to Jesus. And we can have the same type of relationship with Christ as Paul did. Jesus is eager to reveal Himself to those who desire to know Him.