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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Walk by Faith or Signs?

Signs are a central part of what is happening in John’s gospel.  In John 20:30 – 31, he tells us that he deliberately chose the signs he reported for a purpose.  The purpose?  So that we would believe that Jesus is the Son of God and through Him have eternal life.
Walk by Faith or Signs?
I have written about this a in the past months, but there is a thread through John that we need to pull that may be instructive to our faith.

Look at these passages:
  • John 2:18
  • John 4:48
  • John 6:30
  • John 12:37
  • John 14:8
The signs were for us to understand that Christ was the Son of God (John 20:30 – 31), but Christ did not respond to those who believed in the signs.

We see in the passages above that those who saw the signs continually asked for more.  Even Philip in John 14:8.  This is how we are is it not?  We want tangible proof that God is who He says He is.  If He will just ________ I will believe…  Usually, that ___________ is something that we want, it is not focused on Him or His glory.

In 2 Corinthians 5:7 I wonder if Paul has this reality in mind.  We want a sign, Jesus wants us to walk with Him by faith.

What are you depending on to validate your relationship with God?  Signs or faith?