Two Kinds of Belief

Friday, Mar. 10                           

After the wedding in Cana, Jesus went to Jerusalem where he performed many miracles to verify that he was the promised Messiah, which caused many to “believed in his name (John 2:23).”  His name was “Jesus,” which means “savior.”  Were these people believing that he was their savior?  [The word “Christ” is a title, not a name.  It’s the English equivalent for “Christus” (Greek) and “Messiah” (Aramaic) and means “the anointed one.”]    The belief mentioned in verse 23 presents a problem which I think is clarified in the next two verses.  “But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men.  He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.”  Jesus knew their hearts and realized they believed that he performed the miracles, but did not believe he was the Messiah.  They did not have saving faith.  However, I believe that many of these people did believe unto salvation after the resurrection.  In fact, many of those who shouted “crucify him” a few days before Jesus’ death were  no doubt part of the thousands that formed the church following the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Within months there were local groups of believers all over Judea and Samaria.

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