“To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God”
From time to time, the question has been posed, “What proof do you have that what you believe is true?”
It is a question which initially provoked thought–and then some additional thought and some study.
There are a great many answers.
Some of those answers involve providing “proof” to the faithless.
Some of those answers involve what the Bible calls “infallible proofs.”
As to the first (providing “proof” to the faithless):
The faithless are always asking for proof or evidence of God. But no amount of evidence or proof will satisfy the faithless.
This was evident in the times when Jesus walked the earth: the faithless were constantly asking for Him to give them a “sign.”
“They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?”
“And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.”
“And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.”
“And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.”
“Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?”
“Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
This quest for a sign will also be evident before Jesus returns.
BUT it will be Satan and his workers–not God–who provides miracles, signs and lying wonders to the faithless in the end times.
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast”
“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders”
“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
And all of this ultimately leads to the answer to the original question.
“The proof that I have that what I believe is true are ‘many infallible proofs.’”
Invariably, the curious THEN want to know exactly what are these many infallible proofs.
Sadly, providing such proofs to the idle curious/nonbeliever does no good: oh, that it might!
Deception is a spiritual condition.
Spiritual deception cannot be satisfied by logic, pictures, communications, willpower, documents, intelligence or any other common thing man often refers to as “proof.”
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There is no more proof needed of this than the account of what happens to man on earth in the final days before Jesus Christ returns.
Man is bombarded with increasingly severe judgments from God. His physical situation will have so deteriorated as to match his spiritual condition.
YET God’s Word tells us that man will REFUSE to repent–even as judgment is being rained down upon his head.
“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”
God even stays his hand and holds up his judgment in order to give man a little more time to repent (change his mind/direction).
“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.”
BUT man refuses to repent of his wickedness–this is how spiritually deceived man is.
So, the answer THEN becomes a question: “How much proof would satisfy the faithless?”
BEFORE one becomes a believer, no proofs are given: otherwise, faith could not be called faith.
“For we are saved by hope [faith]: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?”
AFTER one becomes a believer, many, many, MANY infallible proofs are provided–though at that point, none are needed or even desired.
Isn’t that something?
DOES the reader wonder why God does not “do miracles” like in the days described by the Bible?
HAS reader heard the church folk claim that “miracles strengthen their faith“?
HAS the reader put his faith in a church claiming miracles or signs from God?
HAS the reader longed to see such a “miracle” or “sign from God”?
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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