John 2: Believing Increases Belief

“Then they believed.”

J.R. HEIMBIGNER

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Jesus answered them, “ Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scriptures and the words that Jesus had spoken. — John 2: 19–22

In the early years of my faith, I learned so many things about God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, the Bible, etc. I listened to every sermon I could, read my Bible extensively, and had as many conversations with people about my faith as I could.

I had stepped into the land of discipleship with Jesus.

Soon, I was hitting the information overload stage of my faith. I was taking in so much new information that I was unable to understand it all.

Much like the disciples of Jesus’s time, I was beginning to learn something and have no idea what it meant or how to apply it. And at first, this was very frustrating.

However, after some encouragement, I realized there would be things I wouldn’t understand right away. These would be discrepancies in the Bible or theologies which were polar opposites of each other.

And I didn’t really know how to balance these out. I was given typical advice:

“Pray about it. See what Jesus says. Keep reading your Bible.”

While these were all good pieces of advice, it turned out what I really needed was time.

John 2: Then They Believed

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In John’s gospel, this exchange with the Jewish authorities is written as though it happened near the beginning of Jesus’s ministry on earth. And so while the disciples were taking in a lot of what they were being taught, and believing much of it. They clearly were learning things they didn’t understand.

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J.R. HEIMBIGNER

Author of 10 books with more on the way. All while working a day job and chasing my dreams with my family. Learn more: http://bio.link/minauthor