Do You Believe?

His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.  Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.  Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?

John 16:29-31

The disciples told Jesus that “we believe that thou camest forth from God.”  They confessed that they believe in God.  But Jesus asked them in verse 31, “Do ye now believe?”

That is a question for the ages.  Do ye now believe?  That question is just as pointed and powerful now as it was nearly two thousand years ago when Jesus first asked it.

Every man and woman born into this world will have to answer that question at one point or another.  Do ye now believe?  The choice is ours.  We are not forced to believe in Him and we are not forced to not believe in Him.  Every one of us has to decide.  Do ye now believe?

We cannot make this decision for others.  It would be nice if we could believe for our friends and family members, but we cannot.  Each person has to make the decision for themselves.  It is not a group decision; it is a personal decision.

We need to examine our own hearts and ask ourselves what decision have we made?  If the Lord Jesus were to stand before us today and ask us this question, what would be our honest response?  Life and death are in the answer to this question.  Eternity literally hangs in the balance.

Do ye now believe?  What is our answer today?

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