That You May Believe

That You May Believe

the journey to believing - in the gospel of John

 

What IS Faith?

1) Greek peitho = to convince by argument, persuade / to assent, agree, to yield

used primarily in Acts (18.4 & 19.8)

2) Greek pistis = persuasion, conviction, "faith" / reliance upon > constancy in

used primarily in Romans (1.17 / 4.20)

3) Greek pesteuo = confidence, entrust, credit > in truth or a person, to commit

used 100x in John: his only word for faith / in present sense: "believing"

 

Adequate Cause for Believing

Reason John Baptiser came to identify and testify of Him 1.7

Signs cause disciples to (really) believe in Him 2.11 / 2.23

Samaritans became believers -- by testimony and experience 4.39,41&42

>Belief is based on testimony 2.22 / 5.46&47/ 8.45&46 / 17.20 / 19.35

>Aided by evidence of good work 7.31 / 10.37&38/ v42 / 11.45 / 12.11/ 12.37

Disbelieving response prophesied - & must come true 12.39

>Power to prophesy proof of divine inspiration 13.19 / 14.29

The Lord overcomes stubborn unbelief - to His praise! 20.24-29

Case presented to lead us to believe 20.31

 

Obstacles to Believing

The sin of the world: to disbelieve Who He is 3.18& 36 / 8.24 / 16.9

Anxious Expectations / Preconceived Notions / Personal or National Pride

Requiring (our kind of) signs and wonders as a condition 4.48 / 6.30

Interrupted by seeking praise from men 5.44 / 7.45-48-49 / 11.48 / 12.42

 

Full Effect of Believing

Receiving -- believing -- becoming -- by divine right - children of God 1.12

Means to life eternal 3.14-15-16 / 5.24 / 6.35, 40, 47 / 7.38&39 / 11.25&26

The work God has appointed to man: believe 6.28&29

Belief present and still growing 4.50 > 53 / more to believe 11.15 / 20.8&9

Enhanced Perspective: Believing is seeing (not the reverse) 6.36 & 69 / 11.40

Believing response defines His sheep 10.26 / He knows His own v27

and transforms followers into sons of light 12.36

and connects to the Father Who sent Him 12.44&45 / 14.10&11 / 16.27

By Believing we have Life -- in His name 20.31

 

A Close Encounter! blind from birth > opened eyes > see Jesus 9.35-38

 

How would we answer?Jesus said ,"So now you believe?" (John 16.31)




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