I Know Whom I have Believed (I know not why God’s wondrous grace)

This is a hymn about faith.   The chorus is based on  2 Timothy 1:12.

It was written by American solider and later gospel song-writer and evangelist, Daniel Webster Whittle (1840-1901), who wrote under the pseudonym “El Nathan.”

With meter 86.86 with refrain, it is almost-always set to the tune EL NATHAN, which was named for Whittle, and written for this text by composer James McGranahan (1840-1907).


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1 I know not why God’s wondrous grace
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own.

But I know Whom I have believed,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.

2. I know not how this saving faith
To me He did impart,
Nor how believing in His Word
Wrought peace within my heart.

3. I know not how the Spirit moves,
Convincing men of sin,
Revealing Jesus through the Word,
Creating faith in Him.

4. I know not what of good or ill
May be reserved for me,
Of weary ways or golden days,
Before His face I see.

5. I know not when my Lord may come,
At night or noonday fair,
Nor if I’ll walk the vale with Him,
Or meet Him in the air.

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