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