because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
– John 20:29
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
The Lord Jesus reproached Thomas with these words because he was full of confusion over Jesus’ resurrection. What God’s will behind it should we understand?
God’s words say, “These words recorded in the Bible that the Lord Jesus spoke when He appeared to Thomas are a great help to all people in the Age of Grace. His appearance and His words to Thomas have had a profound impact on future generations, and they hold everlasting significance. Thomas represents a type of person who believes in God yet doubts God. They are of a suspicious nature, have sinister hearts, are treacherous, and do not believe in the things that God can complete. They do not believe in God’s omnipotence and His rule, and they don’t believe in God incarnate. However, the Lord Jesus’ resurrection was a slap in the face to them, and it also provided them with an opportunity to discover their own doubt, to recognize their own doubt, and to acknowledge their own treachery, thus truly believing in the existence and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. What happened with Thomas was a warning and a caution for later generations so that more people could warn themselves not to be doubting like Thomas, and if they were, they would sink into the darkness. If you follow God, but just like Thomas, you always want to touch the Lord’s rib and feel His nail marks to confirm, to verify, to speculate on whether or not God exists, God will forsake you. So, the Lord Jesus requires people to not be like Thomas, only believing what they can see with their own eyes, but to be a pure, honest person, to not harbor doubts toward God, but only believe in and follow Him. This type of person is blessed. This is a very small requirement the Lord Jesus has for people, and a warning for His followers.” God’s words make us feel His righteousness and holiness. God treats different kinds of people depending on their attitudes toward Him. He hates those who are sly and deceitful, and those who are full of distrust toward Him like Thomas. Such people will be abandoned by God. Instead, God loves those who have pure and honest confidence, and can pursue to love God. Such people will be perfected by God.
Source: Grow in Christ — The Second Coming of Christ
The Lord Jesus said, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:12). Today’s world is becoming more and more dark and evil. People all follow the trends of this world, and long for the enjoyments of the flesh. Believers don’t practice the Lord’s words, or follow the Lord’s commandments; instead, they hold only to human traditions that have been passed down, and focus on expounding biblical knowledge and theological theories in order to show themselves off and bear witness to themselves. They do not bear witness to the Lord, exalt the Lord, or seek the Holy Spirit’s work at all, and they have strayed wholly from the Lord’s way. These iniquitous actions are happening more and more, so brothers and sisters can’t gain the watering and sustenance of the living water of life. Thus, their faith becomes tepid, and they feel negative and weak, and lose the Lord’s presence. During the dangerous days in the last days, how can we gain faith and power from God? Read the following Bible verses about faith and they will help you receive the work of the Holy Spirit, increase your faith in the Lord, and restore the normal relationship with God. If you have any confusion or difficulty or anything you want to know, you are welcome to contact us via messenger.