Think You Believe In Jesus? You Don’t!
Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me, but in Him who sent Me, and he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. And if anyone hears My Words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My Words, has that which judges him – the Word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.” [John 12:44-50]
Jesus begins with “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me, but in Him who sent Me.” So Jesus who is the Word of God is clearly identifying with God the Father, the author of the Word that people accepted as being the Word of God based upon what they saw Jesus doing; or they rejected God’s Word (Jesus, the fleshly body of the Word of God) because His Words were contradictory to their long standing traditions. Jesus was saying to them in this passage because a person believes the Word, they were not really believing in what they heard or even saw, but in actuality they were believing in God Almighty, the Father, and Author of His Word. This is important for us to understand because God and His Word are inseparable. God’s Word paints for us a clear picture of Himself and what His will is for man. What God’s Word says, is precisely the way He is, therefore we can count upon Him to perform His Word. If words reveal the character of a person, and they do; then God’s Word reveals unto us the character of God and those that say differently are liars. Jesus then tells the people following Him, “…he who sees Me (the Word of God) sees Him who sent Me.” God loved the people of Israel, but because they couldn’t see Him, they were having a difficult time adhering to His commands, so God the Father sent His Son, His Word, into the world clothed in a fleshly body named Jesus, so His people could not only hear Him speak, but could see Him physically, and touch Him, love on Him and be loved back, and they could see God’s will for their life expressed through the works Jesus, the Incarnate Word of God was doing for God’s people. So the people who saw the works Jesus was doing among them and believed in Him, Jesus told them they were not seeing Him, but they were seeing God the Father in action delivering them from their physical, mental, and spiritual problems.
Jesus in keeping with His normal teaching pattern began teaching the people with things they understood. In this case He used words and actions before proceeding on to Light and Darkness. “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.” He tells the people the reason God sent His Word into the world in human form was to show them the will of the Father, and if they understood what God was doing among them, then they would understand that the things He was teaching shed Light on the kingdom of heaven and would dispel the Darkness they had been living in. He is portraying for them the difference between the two kingdoms operating on the earth, the one He is from, and the one they are presently living in. God’s desire was for His people to leave Darkness and enter into the Light where all things become known and are clearly seen, thus they would no longer stumble around in the darkness of this world under the power of Satan, but would have the light of life living in them so they could clearly see what the will of God is for His people.
Jesus knowing that people are afraid of change and only the most daring of them would leave the darkness of this world to enter into the light He brought into the world would understand the things He was teaching them. The Light of God reveals the Truth of God, of which God wanted His people to know, but many of His people rejected the Truth in favor of the darkness they were living in (their traditions) and tried to destroy the Light, but darkness can not destroy Light. All darkness can do is try to evade light until light comes and darkness gives way. Jesus continues with, “And if anyone hears My Words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My Words, has that which judges him – the Word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.” Here is a dire warning from Jesus to God’s people, “If they do not believe that Jesus is the fleshly body of the Word of God, that was sent into the world to be a perfect sacrifice for their sins, they would be judged by the Word of God on a later date because they rejected not God’s Word, but God Himself, who sent His Word into the world to save the world.” This warning is just as much in effect today for the people of the world as it was on the day Jesus, the Word of God gave it to the people of Israel. God’s Word brings light and understanding. Those who accept it as such will receive eternal life as the following statement given by Jesus illustrates as He concluded His teaching on recognizing God, ” And I know that His (God the Father) command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.” The same Word of God that came into the world to save the world will be the judge whom unsaved man will face at the end of time for their rejection of Him. Not necessarily because they rejected the Word of God, but by their refusal to come to the Light of Truth of God’s Word, they were rejecting God Himself. And as Jesus so aptly revealed for us in these passages of scripture; those persons who do not believe God’s Word will be rejected themselves by the very One they rejected in this life. DThrash
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