Why didn’t Jesus’ brothers believe in him?

In today’s lesson from the Gospel Advocate’s Foundation Series (Christian Growth in James and Jude – James a Brother of Jesus), question #3 asked, “How did the brothers of Jesus view Him at that time (John 7:5)?”

John 7:5 (NKJV) says, “For even His brothers did not believe in Him.”

The answer then would be, “As unbelievers.”

The teacher of the class then asked (with consideration to supposition due to the silence of the scriptures), “Why do you think Jesus’ brothers (of all people) didn’t believe?” Continue reading

#brothers-of-christ, #faith, #unbelief

Dear Calvinist friend

Dear Calvinist friend,

What does it mean to sigh?

In case you’re not familiar with the meaning, the technical definitions are: 1.) (as a verb) to emit a long, deep, audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or a similar feeling, and 2.) (as a noun) a long, deep, audible exhalation expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or a similar feeling.

To say the least, practically speaking, sighing is a very human emotion that mixes frustration and pain and the overwhelming sensation of unbelief at the situation that can accompany either or both.

Did you know Jesus sighed? More than once according to scripture. But one time in particular is found in Mark 8:12 which says, “But He sighed deeply in His spirit, and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.”

Why did Jesus sigh in Mark 8:12? I mean that wasn’t just a sigh in the flesh there – it was a God in the flesh sigh that went all the way down to his spirit!

Well, think about the situation that he was facing.

Sign after sign after sign after sign had already been given to the people (just read John’s gospel – not to mention the miracle that Mark had just covered) but the entire culmination of those signs couldn’t be anything but one big sigh on the part of Jesus because of the unbelief on the part of the people!

Why would Jesus sigh if the people couldn’t help but be caught in unbelief at that time? Better yet, why would Jesus be caught in a state of frustrating unbelief if the people weren’t capable of doing what he desired of them? Either way it’s a good question. How could Jesus not believe what he was hearing if the people couldn’t believe in what he was doing?

My Calvinist friend, I hope you understand what I’m about to say when I think of the damage that the doctrine of irresistible grace has done to the truth of free-will and the responsibility that comes with it in the eyes of many of its followers…sigh.

#calvinism, #irresistible-grace, #jesus, #unbelief

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5-11-2015 What God Is Able To Do

John the Baptist told the Jews, “do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones” (Matthew 3:9). Under the Gospel of Christ, Jews, “if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again” (Romans 11:23). And to Christians, “God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8). God is able to by-pass the Jews, save obedient Israelites, help Christians serve Him. The issue is never what God is able to do – but what are you willing to do? Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptized, #believes, #by-pass-jews, #christians, #jews, #john-the-baptist, #unbelief

You did not believe me

How in the world could the Lord possible say to Moses that he (Moses) did not believe Him (the Lord) in Numbers 20:12 (NKJV)? For 40 years Moses led the Lord’s people through the wilderness toward the promised land; for 40 years Moses taught the people the Lord’s way; for 40 years Moses prayed and sought guidance from the Lord—how could the Lord say that?

That Moses did believe and trust in the Lord is obvious to any reader of Scripture, but it must have been the case that in Moses’ frustration with the rebellious people of Israel, in his weakness, he exhibited a degree of rebellion (unbelief) himself. It has been suggested elsewhere that Moses was unsatisfied with the Lord’s remedy of the situation, and he expressed it in his actions before the people.

Whether this is the case or not, one thing that can be learned is this: to him whom much is given much is expected. Moses was given much, very much. The Lord expected better of him, and Moses failed Him on this occasion. How much have you been given?

#expectations, #frustration, #moses, #responsibility, #unbelief

Bare-bones outline for John 9:8-28

There are times when people are going to refuse to believe no matter what they see or hear about Jesus, and John 9:8-28 is testament to it!

  • Skeptics won’t believe their eyes no matter what kind of change they see in others – John 9:8-12
  • Deniers won’t believe their ears no matter what they’re told about Jesus – John 9:13-23
  • Plain old unbelievers won’t learn no matter what – John 9:24-28

But just because other people refuse to believe in the truth of Jesus with their eyes, ears and mind, that doesn’t mean we can’t believe in him – and if we keep our eyes open for him, then one day, like the former blind man of John 9, we’ll see the Light of the world who opened our eyes for our self.

#bare-bones-outline, #gospel-according-to-john, #sermon-outline, #unbelief

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Sins That Stop A Church

Here is a Sermon/Study Outline on “Sins That Stop A Church:”

http://doverchurchofchrist.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/SinsThatStopAChurch1.pdf

#bible-study, #church-of-christ, #god, #jesus-christ, #sin, #unbelief

The Fallacy of Rejecting “Paul’s Words”

For various reasons of self-interest and faulty theology there are those in the religious world who believe and teach that the “word’s of Paul” should be rejected.

If one were to reject the “words of Paul” then they by default have to reject basically every other letter that makes up the New Testament.

Don’t like “Paul’s words” huh? Well I guess you can’t like Peter’s words either since he endorsed what Paul taught and considered him to be a brother in Christ (2 Peter 3:15-16).

Don’t like “Paul’s word’s” huh? Well I guess you can’t like Mark’s words either since history/tradition teaches that Mark wrote through the guidance of Peter who, again, endorsed the “words of Paul” and due to the fact that Mark was very familiar with Paul and considered him a brother in Christ who taught the truth (2 Timothy 4:11).

Don’t like “Paul’s words” huh? Well I guess you can’t like Luke’s words either since Luke greatly supported Paul and due to the fact that they labored together on missionary trips teaching the same thing to others who were coming to Jesus through their preaching (Colossians 4:4, 2 Timothy 4:11, Acts 21:1-19…notice how many times “we” and “us” are used).

So I guess that leaves a person with the words of John and James and Jude…except for the fact that both John and James endorsed Paul’s preaching (Acts 15:6-29) and Jude is just too judgmental!

So you still want to reject the “words of Paul” huh? I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds a whole lot like, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

Failing to listen to “Paul’s words” is a failure to listen to the word of God.

If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 14:37)

#apostle-paul, #christianity, #false-doctrine, #false-teachers, #new-testament, #new-testament-canon, #rejecting-pauls-words, #religion, #theology, #unbelief