Unbelief’s Believable Deception (part 2)
Primary Truth Taught- To know God’s Word correctly is to understand with the desire to obey
Last time we saw that even Jesus’ brothers did not believe in Him. This was eye opening because we saw the things they did believe and how that belief could have been mistaken for genuine belief or saving faith.
John 7:5 (ESV)
5 For not even his brothers believed in him.
We also a saw a few weeks ago the crowd that followed Jesus, they gave up much to follow Him and yet He said that they didn’t really believe.
By the end of the message last week we also learned that belief that is real is a result of looking past the benefits, blessings, and miracles to Jesus Himself. He is salvation and He is where we must place our trust.
The big things that stand in the way are human deadness and human pride. We saw it in the crowd and we saw it in Jesus’ brothers. We also see it, at times, in ourselves.
Here, John gives us another group of unbelievers. Now, on the surface it looks like true belief, however, once we dig deeper we’ll see it’s not. We’ll see how they marvel at Jesus’ teaching. However, they marvel because they see that Jesus has incredible knowledge and incredible oratory skills. They are not cut to the heart as with Peter’s sermon at Pentecost. To this group this was merely an intellectual exercise not words of life…
I pray we can see the difference because I fear there are many today who have knowledge of the Scriptures and marvel at some of the teaching but fail to obey what the Bible commands. To them it’s an exercise in doctrine but not an exercise in faith, humility, obedience and practice.
Human Need Met
We have the need to be able to see past surface appearances to reality. In verse 24 our Lord commands us to look past surface appearances to judge with right or true judgment. How can we look past surface appearances when that’s all we’re used to? We begin to obey God in the things we know to do. When we have a heart that seeks to do the will of God He will give us the discernment we need in other matters.
We’ll see that in our text this morning…