Text verse: verse 64… “But there are some of you that believe not.”
This man sound strange when you look at who the Lord is talking too, the world. Yes, it sounds strange. Today the world looks at the church and in most cases it sees those that are much like themselves, so much so that the world feels it does not need what Christ has to offer.
Look at the crowd that Jesus is speaking too…They were “disciples” if you will notice verse 66. These were followers of Himself, witnessing His miracles, hearing His words, experiencing His presence. And yet they were just as lost as if they had never heard the name of Jesus.
Notice what we learn from this…
1. Discipleship does not save the soul. Being part of the crowd did not do it for them and it still won’t do it for men today. Church membership is not enough.
2. Knowledge does not save the soul. These people had been listening to the greatest preacher who has ever lived. They had been following the greatest teacher in all history. They possessed a first-hand knowledge of what He was teaching. AND THEY WERE NOT SAVED!!!
I have heard many times, “Well, so-and-so has got the whole bible memorized.” Or maybe “So-and-so knows more about such-and-such doctrine than anyone else in the world.”
Our first concern should be the salvation of the soul, and not the contents of the head or mind.
3. Witnessing the miraculous will not save the soul. We are all familiar with what became known as the great revival of Brownsville. It was a big going on there for a while and people came from all over the country to see it.
Go by there now and hang around for a few days. When a town, county, state, or nation experience revival it has a lasting effect. What happened in Brownsville was a very widely publicized, quite possibly a well commercialized event.
All over America and the world are “healing” crusades and “miracle” crusades. What ever happened to the “GOSPEL CRUSADES”?!
In our text are people who probably, for the most part, partook of the five loaves and two fishes. In the book of Matthew the feeding of the five thousand did not occur til chapter 14. There were many great works that people had witnessed and heard of yet that did not save them.
Abraham told the rich man in Luke 16:31 “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” (Abraham is speaking here of course of the scriptures)
And the Lord turned on this crowd and said, “But there are some of you that believe not.”
So we know that “seeing is not believing.”
4. How many left? Look at verse 67. Out of the thousands were 12 and one of them was a devil. These had been in the presence of God. They had heard the word of God, and they had seen the miracles of God.
Which group do you belong too? Are you saved? Or do you have a head knowledge of God and His word? Simple knowledge or assent does not save. You must be willing to repent, call on God for forgiveness. You must realize that you are lost and in need of salvation and call on God to save you. If you have never, then you are not. Look at any church, any religious group. You will find that there are always some among them that believe not. Do you believe?