Seeing Isn’t Believing Pt. 2
This is the second and last post with the title “Seeing Isn’t Believing”. I would recommend you read the first part before reading this one. You can do so by clicking here —-> “Seeing Isn’t Believing Pt. 1”.
As I discussed in my last post seeing does not translate into believing. There needs to be more at work because the human mind is fallible. This creates a deep need because if seeing amazing acts by Jesus couldn’t convince people to follow him…what will? This need is probably best described in the book of Romans. Let’s look at Romans 3:10-12:
“as it is written:
‘None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.’“
Here the Apostle Paul is giving his interpretation of Psalm 14:1-3. He understands that people are not righteous. People do not understand God and they do not even seek for God. In addition to those things Paul goes even deeper when he writes, “no one does good”. If you are a Christian you would probably agree that believing in God is a “good” thing but Paul says that people can’t do anything good. As if that wasn’t enough, Paul speaks to this subject even more in Romans 8: 7-8 when he writes:
“For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.“
Here we see a continuation of what people cannot do. The mind that is set on the flesh cannot submit to the commands of God. The fleshly person cannot please God. The same question I raised earlier now comes to the forefront of this conversation. If believing in God is good, and Paul writes that no one can do what is good, then how is anyone saved? This question leads me to the main focus of this post.
Jesus answers the question for us in John 6: 35-40 when he says:
“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.‘”
In my previous post I commented that Jesus understands the principle of seeing isn’t believing. In verse 36 Jesus says, “you have seen me and yet do not believe.” But he doesn’t stop there. He gives a reason for why they don’t believe and tells us why anyone does believe in him. Notice the bold faced words in this text. Jesus speaks and in one sentence answers why they do not believe and why anyone does believe in him.
The answer he gives is that “all that the Father gives me will come to me”. One must be given to the Son to come to him. Due to the nature of humanity (sinfully depraved) God is the one that needs to break through the human nature in order for belief to happen. So, why don’t some people believe? Because they have not been given to the Son by the Father. Why do some people believe? Because they have been given to the Son by the Father.
Jesus doesn’t stop there. He gives an amazing promise of salvation in the next phrase when he says, “and whoever comes to me I will never cast out”. Jesus is a perfect and righteous savior. Jesus works in accordance to the will of the Father and what is the Father’s will? “that I should lose nothing of all the he has given me.”
God is capable of breaking through our incapability. He creates a willingness to seek after God when the natural person doesn’t. God is capable of creating a willingness to do good when the natural person cannot. God is capable of instilling faith when the natural person does not want faith.
Seeing is not believing.