64. Discernment (2)

Short Meditations in John 6:  64. Discernment (2)

Jn 6:64   Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.   

In the previous study we considered this all-important subject of what it means to be spiritual and how important it is if we are to have understanding of God’s word and the words Jesus has been speaking. To be spiritual means to have come to Christ and to have received his Holy Spirit, who then indwells us so that He is able to teach us, inspire us, guide us and empower us. Jesus’ death on the Cross opens the door for all this to happen, and without the Spirit we are not Christians, and it doesn’t matter how much the world bandies about the words ‘spiritual’ or ‘spirituality’, true spirituality only exists when we have been born again and indwelt by the Spirit of God.

The starting point is belief – believe in Jesus, that he is the unique Son of God who has come down from heaven, who died on the cross for our sins, and was raised from the dead and has ascended back to heaven where he is seated at his Father’s right hand, ruling over God’s kingdom in the midst of his enemies on the earth. Belief means we will turn to God, receiving His salvation through Christ and receiving His Holy Spirit. Belief is also the dividing issue within mankind for there are those who believe and those who refuse to believe.

And here is where we come to Jesus’ words: “Yet there are some of you who not believe.”  Hold on! Verse 61 told us that it was some of his disciples who were grumbling and therefore he has been addressing disciples! And now he is saying to some of them who had appeared to be following him, some of you don’t believe. Wow! They appeared to be followers but in reality, they did not believe in him in the ways we have been saying.

Yet here is something amazing: For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.  The fact that Jesus was spiritual meant that he was able to discern who believes and who doesn’t – and that even from the beginning when he first met them. Being spiritual means not only insight about the present but also about the future for with God He operates outside of time and therefore, although prophecy may be a big thing for us, it is not for Him. This even extends to the fact that Jesus knew that Judas Iscariot would end up betraying him, yet he accepted him onto the team to work into the bigger plan of God resulting in the Cross. Isn’t it amazing that God accepts us into the ‘crowd’ knowing who will appear to follow, who will only partly believe, and who will be utterly committed believers.  Where on this spectrum are you?

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