“Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me?
Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.” John 1:47-50 KJV
“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. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.”
John 2:23-25 KJV
Contrasting Nathanael’s attitude to Jesus with that of the multitude: Nathanael simply believed in Jesus based on His Words, but the multitude believed in the name of Jesus based on the works He did. The result of these two attitudes is clear:
The faith Nathanael expressed in the Word of God led to Jesus assuring him that he’ll see greater things. Faith indeed comes by hearing God’s Word (Romans 10:17). The belief in Jesus because of His works by the multitude led to Jesus not committing Himself to them.
Are we coming close to Jesus because He has the Words of life (John 6:68), or because of what He can offer us? Let’s examine ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5), to see the source of our belief & the attitudes of our hearts, if it’s drawing us towards or away from Jesus.
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God bless you 🙂
© Lydia for Pneumaword