23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. 24 But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25 and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man. (John 2:23-25)

The purpose of John’s Gospel:

31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:31)

Is there contradiction about belief?

23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. 24 But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them…(John 2:23-24a)

Not all belief is the same.

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ (Matthew 7:21-23)

Different kinds of belief:

Partial belief

  • Numerous religions have a partial belief in Christ
  • Many believe in Christ, but try to earn their salvation

Momentary belief

13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. (Luke 8:13)

Intellectual belief

Even the demons believe—and shudder! (James 2:19)

Sign belief

many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. (John 2:23b)

Born-again belief

1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:1-3)

Jesus knows everything.

24 But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25 and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.

(See: John 1:48; John 13:11; John 16:30; John 21:17; Matthew 11:27; Matthew 22:18; Matthew 12:25; Luke 6:8; Revelation 2:23)

om·ni·scient: knowing everything : having unlimited understanding or knowledge

People love based on what we don’t know about each other.

  • We have limited knowledge of each other
  • We need testimony
  • Jesus needs no witness about us.

25and needed no one to bear witness about man… (John 2:25b)

And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them,… (Matthew 12:25)

But He knew what they were thinking,… (Luke 6:8)

“Now we know that You know all things, and have no need for anyone to question You; by this we believe that You came from God.” (John 16:30)

Jesus knows your heart and is willing to love you anyway.

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)