We rarely consider the things we are robbed of because of doubt. Doubt is often regarded as a positive trait. It is deemed a reasonable response to the promises of God. And no wonder, when we reflect upon the many promises made by men and never fulfilled. “But God is not a man, that He should lie!” (Numbers 23:19)
Just as belief is a choice, so are doubt and unbelief.
Often we choose unbelief even when the logical choice would be to believe. In the Bible, we read the account of Jesus own countrymen choosing unbelief despite the many proofs they encountered.
Matthew 13:54-58 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
The power of God was manifest over and over in Christ’s ministry and it was available to those living in His “own country” (vs. 54) but, because of unbelief – they did not “see” a manifestation of God’s power. James said it this way, James 4:2 . . . “yet ye have not, because ye ask not.”
Think of those who discovered the awesome, amazing power of God, simply by believing. Consider the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25-34) or Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:22-24, 35-43). In verse 36 the instruction is simple, “only believe” and in verse 42 we discover “And they were astonished with a great astonishment.”
These people believed because of what they had seen. Even Thomas believed once he had seen the power of God manifest in the Son of God, but some would not believe, even what they had seen with their own eyes. (Luke 24:25)
Jesus manifestation, miracles, and ministry were all meant to help them to believe! For some, seeing is believing, and for others seeing is not enough for believing.
Unbelief Robs Men of Eternal Life
The miracle of “New Life in Christ” can only come by believing. Jesus explains in John 8:24, I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. In John 1:7 we read that John the Baptist came to make Jesus known. He was manifest as a light to point all men to THE LIGHT, but they had to believe. The miracles of Christ would follow the ministry of John and many would believe. Yet, Jesus said of the multitude that they didn’t even believe what they had seen. How could they believe what they would not receive?
John 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
John 5:38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
John 5:46-47 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
Scripture confirms, the prerequisite for receiving is believing! All Eternity hangs in the balance. John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Unbelief Blinds Men’s Hearts to God
John 6:29, 36 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. … But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
Jesus spoke these words and much more concerning their unbelief. He inquired of them in John 10:37-38 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
The world saw the Man. They saw the Ministry. They even saw the Miracles. Yet in unbelief, they could not truly see the might of His miracles or the majesty of His manifest presence, Immanuel, God with us. What men miss because they will not believe. Luke 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
The apostle Paul was privileged to pen this truth. Hebrews 11:6 But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Believing is seeing! Through faith multitudes saw the mighty power of God manifest through the Messiah – the sent one, The Lord Jesus Christ. So many marvelous, miraculous events in our Lord’s ministry all meant to reveal to the “believer” the power of God manifest to those who “believe.” Miracle after miracle in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, multitudes saw it, yet many would not believe, but to those who saw and believed God was manifest – made known to them. John 20:31But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
What have we missed because of unbelief?
The disciples could not do miracles, be careful of unbelief. Matthew 17:19-20 Zacharias could not declare the glory of God because of unbelief, so his lips were sealed. Luke 1:20Multitudes saw no miracles because of unbelief. Matthew 13:58 Multitudes more could not receive eternal life because they would not believe Matthew 23:37, Luke 22:67
Make the choice to believe.
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