Conflict of Faith and Unbelief

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A brief overview of the conflict of faith and unbelief in the Gospel of John.

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The Conflict of Faith and Unbelief in John’s Gospel:

The Conflict of Faith and Unbelief in John’s Gospel

The Conflict of Faith and Unbelief:

The Conflict of Faith and Unbelief The miracles of Christ and testimony of many provide ample evidence for faith in Christ. Nevertheless, Christ was challenged over and over again by those who refused to believe the evidence. John declared, “Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him…” (Jn. 12:37). Following each discourse, major testimony, or miraculous sign, a conflict arose between belief and unbelief.

The Conflict of Faith and Unbelief:

The Conflict of Faith and Unbelief Growth Time Unbelief Faith As Christ’s public ministry increased, both faith and unbelief also increased. As these increased, so did the conflict between them. Christ’s Public Ministry The Book of Signs Jn. 1-12

The Conflict of Faith and Unbelief:

The Conflict of Faith and Unbelief We need to remember that Jesus was considered a criminal—at least in the minds of the religious rulers. They charged Jesus with breaking the Sabbath and blaspheming. They considered Him an enemy of Israel (Jn. 11:46-53). But Christ often turned the tables and accused the religious rulers of sin—often exposing their evil hearts (Jn. 8:31-58).

The Conflict of Faith and Unbelief:

The Conflict of Faith and Unbelief Growth Time Unbelief Faith During Christ’s Passion—“the hour of darkness”—unbelief prevails over faith. Christ’s Passion and Resurrection The Book of Glory Jn. 13-20 Christ’s Public Ministry The Book of Signs Jn. 1-12

The Conflict of Faith and Unbelief:

The Conflict of Faith and Unbelief Growth Time Unbelief Faith But at the resurrection of Christ, faith triumphs and belief is vindicated. Christ’s Passion and Resurrection The Book of Glory Jn. 13-20 Christ’s Public Ministry The Book of Signs Jn. 1-12 Resurrection

The Conflict of Faith and Unbelief:

The Conflict of Faith and Unbelief The climax of the gospel occurs when Thomas touches the scars of Christ and proclaims in worship, “My Lord and my God!” (Jn. 20:28). Although many of the political and religious establishment continued in unbelief, many thousands would soon be saved. May we join Thomas and countless others to reach out to Christ and believe.

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