As before in human history, signs, wonders, and supernatural miracles that are performed by someone cause people to wonder if there are gods or powers that can make a human more powerful.
Jesus was fully aware that many of the people believed in Him solely because of the works, wonders, miracles or signs He performed. Jesus Christ requires a belief built upon faith alone, and not in the constant need of physical proofs and signs (verses 24-25):
“But Jesus would not entrust Himself to them, for He knew all men. He did not need man’s testimony about man, for He knew what was in a man.”
Here the inadequacy of faith built on signs is clearly stated. This does not mean that faith prompted by miracles is inadequate, but rather, it should be a first sep to coming into true faith based on what is not seen, or felt, or understood by the physical senses or mere logic, but rather what is revealed to a person by the Holy Spirit. Accoring to Jesus, people are always looking for signs. Why?
People are always hoping to know something about their future that they cannot know. Oh, if God would just give me a sign. What in our future is hidden from us. How about:
The day of our death,
The day of our great consolation,
The day of the second coming of Jesus Christ,
The day of the coming of God’s Kingdom,
The day of the declaration of the Kingdom of this world,
The day of judgment for Satan and his demons,
The day of judgment for the wicked,
The day of our final judgment,
The day of our reward,
The day of being reunited with all of those who have gone before us marked by the sign of faith.
Faith is not meant to exist in the absence of logic, reasoning, and physical proof. However, these things by themselves are not enough.
What is faith not based on? Faith is more than just our senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch). It is more than our limited human reasoning and logic. Faith is more than the sum of our emotions and experiences. It is more than what is seen, but also what is unseen.. Faith is not merely there to escape something like pain, suffering, tribulation, fear and hell. Faith is not merely used to gain something like joy, healing, prosperity, peace and heaven.
What is the basis of faith? Faith is revelation by the Holy Spirit. We walk by faith, not by sight. Faith is assurance in the Holy Spirit.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” - Hebrews 11:1-3
Fath is conviction and mental integrity:
”The Lord doesn;t see things the way you seen them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart!”- 1Samuel 16:7
Faith is intention and spiritual motive:
But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” - Jeremiah 17:10
Faith is choice in God’s will”
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His Name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of flesh, nor of the will of any person, but of God.” - John 1:12-13
Faith is a decision, a spiritual confirmation. Jesus told Peter that He will build His church on the rock (Peter) and hell will not conquer it.
Let us now make a decision of faith together with this prayer:
“We believe in One God the Father, the almighty, creator of heavenand earth, and of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Fater, God from God, Light from Light, true God from God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through Him, all things were made. For us and our salvation, He came down from heaven. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, He became incarnate in the womb of the virgin Mary and was made truly human like us. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered, died, and was buried. He descended into the place of the dead in Sheol. There He proclaimed the Good News held captive there. On the third day, He rose again from the dead in accordance with the scriptures. He ascended into Heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His Kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son, He is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophets. He will not leave us orphans, for He remains with us always, even to the end of the age. We believe in one holy and universal Church. We acknowlege one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and the eternal life of the world to come.