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?”
My answer was simply this: Faith isn’t hereditary.
The atheist loves to proclaim no child is born a believer in God. The opposite is true too – no child is born an unbeliever in God. Considering the evidence (Psalm 19), both conditions are learned and decided upon by the individual…including Jesus’ fleshly brothers.
Jesus’ brothers were no different than anyone else who witnessed the miracles, the lessons and the results of God at any time in biblical history but still chose to not have faith (1 Corinthians 10:1-15, Hebrews 4:1-11). They failed to have faith because they failed to have faith.
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”” (Hebrews 8:10-12 NKJV)