BUT JESUS DID NOT COMMIT HIMSELF TO THEM…

How sad. Those referred to in the verses below had a superficial belief. How beautiful it is to have genuine faith that trusts and rejoices in the Lord… “Although the fig tree shall not blossom…” Habakkuk 3:17, “Though he slay me…” Job 13:15, and say Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” Job 1:21 – By His grace.

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John 2:23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.

John 2:24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,

John 2:25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

Commentaries:

Matthew Henry:

To believe in Christ is to commit ourselves to him and to his guidance.

In dangerous times and places, it is wisdom to take heed in whom you confide;

We should be shy of turbulent unquiet people, as our Master here was, though they profess to believe in Christ, as these did.

John Gill:

… great part of these, at least some of them, were only nominal and temporary believers, who were not to be confided in as true disciples, and hearty followers of Christ; and who continued not long in the same mind

Cambridge:

Faith growing out of such soil would be likely to cease when the miracles ceased.

Joseph Benson:

Let us study a wise and happy medium, between universal suspiciousness, and that easiness and openness of temper which would make us the property of every pretender to kindness and respect.

Adam Clarke:

Many believed in his name – They believed him to be the promised Messiah, but did not believe in him to the salvation of their souls: for we find, from the following verse, that their hearts were not at all changed, because our blessed Lord could not trust himself to them.

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