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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

November 6, 2021

Daily Reading: John 5-6


John 5:47

But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?


The verse just before this one states: For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. This is Jesus speaking, He is saying that if you do not believe the Holy Scriptures (for the Jews, the books of Moses especially) you will not believe that which I tell you. How true!


Every preacher knows this to be true. If individuals do not believe God’s Holy Word, they will never believe that which a preacher says about God’s Holy Word. But if the Bible is believed, that which a preacher preaches from it will be believed. It really is that simple.


In Jesus’ day, during His physical life, He preached the Word of God. Remember, Luke 8:1 said of Him: And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, There were some who believed Him, some who rejected Him. What was the difference? One aspect of difference was that some believed the Scriptures, and some did not. Those who believed the Scriptures believed that which Jesus spoke. Those who did not believe the Scriptures did not believe that which Jesus spoke.


How is a man of God supposed to convince anyone of anything they say if those that hear him do not believe the clear teachings of the Word of God? For truly, … if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words.


The first ingredient to believing that which any pastor, missionary, evangelist, or teacher says is believing the Scriptures. Consider loving your enemies. If someone hears a message about loving their enemy, their response will be based upon their belief in the Bible’s teaching, not the preacher’s words. Contrariwise, no matter how logical, passionate, sincere, talented, or enjoyable a pastor’s message may be, if the listener does not believe the Bible’s words about the subject, they will never believe the preacher. On this thing of belief of the message or the Scripture, consider this old quote: “The only part of the Bible you believe is the part you obey.” A person may say they believe they should love their enemy, but unless that person loves their enemy, they really do not believe that Biblical teaching.


In short, many did not believe the Lord’s words because they did not first believe the words of Moses as canonized in Scripture. Yet, some did believe. Praise the Lord for these, for they are the first New Testament Bible believers, of which there are still some today.


Until tomorrow, live for the Word today.

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