John 4:1 For Certain

John 4:1 (KJV)
When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,

What a contrast between the Lord and the Pharisees.

The best the Pharisees could do was to hear.
Especially in their system of religion they had become accustomed to merely repeating what someone else had said. There was very little personal experience with God or with truth. They, like academia of today, studied theories rather than certainties.

The more learned a person becomes in today’s world, the less they really know. “Ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Jesus, on the other hand, knew.
Jesus knew what they had heard. Jesus knew it not because He had investigated and studied it but because, being God, He knew all things. Jesus didn’t question or wonder or have a piece of the knowledge puzzle. Jesus knew. Jesus acted on knowledge, not theory or speculation. Because it was so, His actions were and are always appropriate.

Christians possess knowledge
Certainly we do not know all things but we can know spiritual truth for several very important reasons:

  • Because God has given us the truth in the Word of God
  • Because the Holy Spirit lives in us to illuminate that Word

There are some supernatural/faith elements to this knowledge
I do not guess whether I am saved because the Spirit bears witness with my spirit that I am saved. I cannot prove my salvation but I am sure of my salvation. I cannot know certainly about anyone else’s salvation because I am only able to look on the outward and hear what they say. I do, however, know I am saved because the Spirit of God tells me I am saved.
I am certain the Bible is the Word of God. I am as certain it is from God and perfect as I am that I am saved. The Bible tells me it is God’s Word, history demonstrates that it is and the Holy Spirit confirms it to be so in my soul.

These are the things that drive the intelligencia away from faith. They cannot conceive of certainty. The only thing they are sure of is that, according to their worldview, they can’t be sure of anything.

The difference between the world and the believer is not so much one of faith as it is of knowledge. We know we have eternal life because we believe on the name of the Son of God. They don’t know anything.

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John 2:9 Verified Fact

John 2:9 (KJV)
When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

The ruler did not know that Jesus had turned plain pots of water into wine. All he knew was that this was fresh and good, the best wine of the feast. But what he did not know did not mean there was no one who knew. There were in fact servants who had witnessed and could testify that Jesus had turned the water into wine.

This account illustrates a solid truth about faith in Christ. It is based in verified fact.

  • There were witnesses to the supernatural nature of Christ’s conception
  • There were witnesses to his fulfillment of the righteousness of the law
  • There were witnesses to the miracles of Christ
  • There were witnesses to His death, His burial and His resurrection.

Christians believe by faith that the events of Christ’s Gospel effectively pay our sin debt but we are not required to believe in the fact of those events by faith, they are verified and recorded in the pages of the Word of God. Those who choose to deny the factual account of Christ do so out of bias. They would never question the veracity of the life of Alexander the Great yet there is more evidence to support the resurrection of Christ than of the life of Greek conqueror. They accept the one and reject the other because to accept the truthfulness of Christ has consequences they are not willing to accept.

I do not have to be an eyewitness to the life of Christ to embrace the accounts of those who were. And, having accepted those accounts as true, I am able to accept the further teaching of the New Testament as true.

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John 1:15 He’s The One!

John 1:15 (KJV)
John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.

I am sure all of us have had the experience of pointing out a person and saying, ” That’s the person I was telling you about.” John the Baptist got to do that concerning Jesus Christ.

John the Baptist spent his entire, though brief, adult life telling people about the Lord. He had urged not one or two but multitudes to prepare themselves for His coming. Finally came the day when Jesus arrived and he was able to tell the crowd, “This was He of whom I spake.

Could there be anything more thrilling than, if one day soon, we were able to point out the coming of Christ in the air and saying to someone we had led to the Lord, “There He is! The One I told you about”? Someone will have that pleasure. If it is our lot to give up this life before the coming of Christ then those of us who are saved and have told others about the Lord will still one day in heaven be able to point Jesus and say, “He’s the One of whom I spake.”

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John 3:1 There Was a Man

John 3:1 (KJV)
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

The ministry always begins right here with, “There was a man.”

  • There was a man named Jesus, who is God
  • There was a man sent from God whose name was John
  • There was a man who came under conviction and was saved
  • There was a man who surrendered his life to the Lord’s service
  • There was a man who needed someone to speak to him about Christ

All around us are men and women who could benefit from the relationship of Christians with the Lord. If only we would tell them of our relationship with Him.

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