“Many people believed in his name because they saw the signs he was doing. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people” (John 2:23-24).
John basically tells his readers that many believed in Jesus, but he did not believe in them. Why? Does this statement prepare us for additional encounters with shallow believers? Such as, “the disciples who quit following Jesus” (6:60-71); “the Jews who had believed in him” (8:31-59); “those who believed, but because of fear, would not confess their belief” (12:42), etc.
What do you think?