The Proof Is In The Works
The story line from which this scripture was taken began back in chapter nine, verse thirty-five, of the Gospel of John with the opening of the eyes of a man born blind. This man was later kicked out of the temple where he worshiped because of his testimony of the goodness of God. Jesus later found the man and asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” Jesus said in response to the man whose desire it was to get to know the Son of God, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” [John 9:40-41] Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?” Jesus then explains to the Pharisees that He is the True Shepherd, the Good Shepherd, and the Shepherd knows His sheep, leads up to the statement Jesus made in [John 10:38] “Though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in Him. Or, in other words, Jesus was saying to the unbelieving religious leaders that the proof of who He was is in the works He was doing among them. Just prior to this statement, Jesus had identified for them the work of the devil when He said, [John 10:10] “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy, but I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it (life) more abundantly.”
In [John 10:10] Jesus outlined for them how a person could tell the difference between the works of the devil and the work of God. If anything steals, kills, or destroys, it does not come from God, but from the evil one. And if anything adds life to a person, that work is of God. He couldn’t have made it any clearer for a person to distinguish between who does what on this earth. In verse 38 Jesus in talking to the religious Jews who wanted to stone Him; and who represent the modern day church that does not believe that God wants His children to prosper, and be in health, even as their soul prospers, [3 John 2] said to them, “Though you do not believe me, believe the works.” People may not be able to understand the scriptures, but they can certainly understand works, and according to the works performed, they should know who’s behind it. If people do not believe the works, it is because they choose not to believe, not because they do not see. If people are feeding and clothing the poor, the devil is not the one influencing those people to feed and clothe the poor, that work is of God. If a person takes food and clothing away from the poor, the people who are robbing them are being influenced by the devil, they are not of God. God is a good God, and He adds to a person’s life, He does not take life’s necessities away from them. The devil is the thief who steals, kills and destroys. According to Jesus, who is the Son of God, the Word of God, who came to earth in the flesh to show us the Father. [John 1:14] “The Word became flesh (or, The Word of God took upon Himself a flesh and blood body named Jesus) and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” His people was to undertand if they didn’t believe what He said, they could know He was telling the truth by the works He was doing.
The prophet Isaiah gives us a description of the work the Father sent His Son (The Word of God) to do while He was on the earth and that those who receive Him as their Savior would continue to do after He had ascended back into heaven. [Isaiah 61:1-3] “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, (the Word of God) because the Lord has anointed me (The Word of God) to preach good tidings (the good news that God isn’t mad at mankind) to the poor; He has sent me (The Word of God) to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes (a new life). The oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He (God, the Father) may be glorified.”
As Jesus said to the man born blind, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” As the story illustrates the man born blind received his sight and recognized Jesus as being the Son of God, and the Pharisees who were born with sight were blinded by their refusal to hear (accept) the Word of God, and take notice of the works He was doing. People who refuse to hear God’s Word and accept the good works He does on earth will be judged. And it will not matter if they are in or out of the church, or what church they attend, they are blind and their blindness will cost them their eternal future.
The Jewish people trusted in the traditions of the their leaders and their leaders loved their traditions (which is a twisted version of the truth) to the point they served their devil inspired traditions and not the God who had delivered them out of bondage some centuries before. The traditions the Jewish people were observing was the reason the Son of God, the Word of God came into the world. He, The Truth, came to save them from their traditions which had led them into captivity under the hand of the Roman Empire and had separated them from the God of their fathers. Jesus said to the Pharisees, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” Jesus spoke to them plainly, “I am the door.” He was telling them, “There is no other way to enter into God’s sheepfold (kingdom) but by Him.” He continues, “All who ever came before Him, or after Him, are thieves and robbers, and the true sheep do not hear their call.” (My paraphrase.) When the Son of God made this statement, He removed forever any thought that there might be some other way into heaven. He called those people who mislead or preach there is more than one way into heaven, thieves and robbers, who rob people of their hope for salvation.
He told those who did not understand to look at the works He was doing in their midst; that those works would be the proof they needed to know He was, is, and will always be, the Savior of man, the doorway into the kingdom of God. No one else had ever opened blind eyes or cast out demons before He came to earth, or promised to return for those who believe in Him and take them to heaven to be with Him on a future day. The prophets of God in the Old Testament, under the Law of Moses, had raised the dead, healed the sick, fed the poor and performed miracles, but the thieves and robbers Jesus is talking about preach hate and murder, war and famine, the sacrificing of their children to appease an angry god, and they worship everything under the sun as being a god from animals to flies.
John 1:14 tells us, “The Word (of God) became flesh (took upon Himself a flesh and blood body by the name of Jesus) and dwelt among men and they beheld His glory.” That flesh and blood body was crucified by man, placed in a grave, and after the Word of God which indwelt the body of Jesus returned from serving our punishment in hell, returned to earth, once again took upon Himself the earthly body of Jesus with the nail holes in the hands and feet, and the spear wound in its side as evidence that the Word of God had been on the earth and walked among men. That body man killed will accompany Him when He returns for those who believe in Him and everyone will see for themselves the nail holes in His hands and feet. It would suffice us to know that not one of the bodies of the thieves and robbers who came before or after Him had power over death. Their bones are still in the grave and the flesh is gone, but their lying spirits that deceived their fellow man into following them is in hell where they will remain forever suffering torment beyond imagination. When Jesus said, “I am the door of the sheep.” or “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through me.” [John 14:6] He meant that there is no other way into the kingdom of God except through Him. As Jesus said, “Though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in Him.” DThrash
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