What Is Faith Part 24

The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
John 20:25

Thomas said that he would have to see and touch Jesus to believe in the resurrection. He was basing his belief on the input of his five physical senses. Many Christians will be quick to criticize Thomas without realizing they are following in his footsteps!

And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
John 20:26

Jesus appeared to the disciples after Thomas refused to believe He had been resurrected. Can you imagine the look on his disciple?

Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
John 20:27

Do you think this changed Thomas’ mind? Jesus’ body was resurrected and glorified. It still carried the marks of the cross. Thomas could see and feel Jesus because they were standing together.

be not faithless, but believing.

Thomas’ insisted on seeing before he would be willing to believe. The faith of God does not rely on what is seen or felt. It is willing to believe without any physical evidence.

And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
John 20:28

Jesus told Thomas that the blessing would be on those who are not dependent on what they see and feel.

“…blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

It is dangerous to rely on our feelings. When something is seen or felt it is usually going to be an uphill battle to receive.

He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.
Romans 4:20

Can you see the difference between Thomas and Abraham? Thomas staggered at the thought of Jesus being resurrected. Abraham believed and gave glory to God. He did not need input from his five physical senses to believe!

“…blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

Are we willing to say with Abraham, “I believe” without any proof being evident to our five physical senses? The choice will always be ours alone to make.

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