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We Have Believed and Have Come to Know

November 4, 2019


We Have Believed and Have Come to Know

Jesus’  closest disciples  were with Him for three years,  traveling and preaching.      In that time frame,  they saw many mind-boggling miracles  —  the raising of the dead,  the healing of the blind,  deaf,  lame,  and leprous  —  not to mention the feeding of the 4,000 and the 5,000,  walking on water,  etc.      Even more impressive than that,  they witnessed Jesus’  authoritative preaching  and His compassion for sinners.      They saw Jesus’  righteousness  in all situations  —  His pointed truthfulness  —  and His purity of mind  and soul.      He did not sin.

Then came the time  when Jesus preached  some very hard-to-understand truths  regarding faith,  how the Spirit gives life,  and how His body and blood  were the bread of life  and the true drink.      All of that was more than many cared to hear.      With that teaching,  many chose to forget about  all the miracles they had seen.      They could not understand this truth  and chose to walk away  from Jesus.      As they walked away,  the following is recorded  in John 6:67-69,

Jesus said  therefore  to the twelve,  “You do not want to go away also,  do you?”

Simon Peter answered Him,  “Lord,  to whom shall we go?      You have the words of eternal life.      And  we have believed  and have come to know  that You are  the Holy One of God.”

Who or what would we turn to  if we decided  we just can’t understand God’s teachings  in the Bible?      Looking at various people around us,  some have turned to a philosophy,  some to idols  or religions that cannot back up what they say,  and others  will turn to a life of obvious sins  of all sorts.

If Jesus were to pointedly ask us,  “You do not want to go away also, do you?,”  would we hesitate  for any reason?      If we do have any sort of hesitation,  we need to become  as well-grounded  in the word of God  as Jesus’  faithful disciples were.      We need to find out  for ourselves  how the Bible  has proven itself  to be eternally true.      We need to see  how the Bible proves  that Jesus really is  “the Holy One of God.”

Peter said that they had  “come to know”  that Jesus is  the Holy One of God.”      The strengthening of their faith  was a gradual thing  as they continued to follow Jesus.      The more they stuck with Him,  the more they learned  and wanted to learn.      The more they learned,  the more they believed.      Their assurance  and faith  were based on what they saw  with their own eyes  and knew  regarding God’s promises  in the Old Testament.

The difficult teachings  of the Bible  shine in glory  as they are seen  in the light  of proven truths.

Knowing that Jesus truly is  “the Holy One of God”,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  You have proven  how all things are possible  —  and nothing is impossible  —  regarding the gift  of eternal salvation  through Jesus Christ alone.      Blessed be Your almighty,  saving love.”




A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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