He Knows The Heart Of Man

In John 2: 23-25 It says the following,… “Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, observing His signs which He was doing. But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.”  I find these verses to be quite interesting, they parallel a lesson that I have learned as a “church worker. The Greek word “pisteo” is used twice. Once in verse 23, it is translated (NASB) “believed” and once in 24 translated as “entrusting”. The word, pronounced pist-you-o reminds one of the crude language of our day pissed-you-off! 🙂 Now you might think that I have digressed completely, bear with me here.  The verses are saying that many folks witnessing the miracle, hearing the words, and observing Jesus during these early days of His earthly ministry were “believing” in His name. See 2:23, 2:11, & 1:49. However, by contrast , Jesus is not “believing” in them. This word, for our purposes can also be translated commit. Jesus was not “commiting/entrusting Himself to men, not these men. The reason given, is that he knows what is in the heart of man (vs 24). In 1 Timothy 3:6 we are instructed that an overseer of the church must not be a “new convert.” One of the things that I have learned over the last many years of church/pastoral work is that I too do not trust men. That is, I do not trust men that have not been tested. One of the tests that I look for is “has this guy been challenged?” Has this guy been in a fight with his Pastor yet?” Not that I am looking to fight with folks, but I have discovered a secret…. When men (particularly) are challenged by strong men in authority, they do one of two things. They either gently submit to rebuke and correction, or they run.

These new believers were “wowed” by Jesus, they were beginning to “trust” Him. But they had yet to be “challenged” by Him. That challenge or testing was yet to come. Eventually He would thin them with His rebukes as well as His teaching. It was to those men, those disciples that He eventually entrusted the future, the church. Have you been “pissed-off” by your Pastor? Or, maybe God himself? Do you pass the test?

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