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John 9:24–25 (ESV)  24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.”   25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”

John, the Gospel of Believing,  and the Gospel of UnBelief

God Himself calls all men to believe in His Son but, the vast majority do not.

  • We see unbelief in a number of forms. 

The Pharisees are a League of the Their Own

What stands out is the willful, truth-rejecting, hard-hearted unbelief of the Pharisees, the scribes, the chief priests, and the rulers of religious Israel. 

We Will Face This Same Unbelief

Our responsibility is to carry on the gospel ministry, to preach Jesus Christ. 

  • You’re going to confront unbelief. 
  • Most all of the people to whom you give the Gospel will reject it. 

Unbelief demands more and more evidence, but when it receives that evidence, it doesn’t respond as any appropriate person should, any thinking person. 

  • Unbelief does biased research. 
  • It can look at facts and come to the complete wrong conclusion. 
  • Unbelief is self-centered, selfish, ego-centric. 
  • Unbelief starts with a predetermined conclusion and works backward looking for anything that will substantiate that conclusion

Four steps of hostile conflict from unbelief

  • Intellectual – people will at first simply state their unbelief hoping to find agreement
  • Emotional – then they start to get upset or angry, facts don’t matter
  • Verbal – then follows the verbal insults, attacks, threats, name calling
  • Physical – finally come the physical acts of violence, constraint, injury, etc

This progression is true of unbelief in the face of any kind of truth – Bible, politics, relationships

Unbelief is intransigent

Will not bend.  Cannot be convinced. 

Unbelief is irritational

With true facts, if you come to a wrong conclusion, you’re irrational. 

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John 9:24–25 (ESV)  24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.”   25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”

At this all pretense to impartiality on their part disappears, “unwilling to believe” is on full display: “We know that this man is a sinner.”

The formerly blind man obliges: he gives glory to God—not by denial, but by fearlessly reiterating the truth that he knows and has experienced.

  • The Pharisess know perfectly well, that this miracle clearly refutes any idea that Jesus is a sinful man.

The formerly blind man knows only one thing: he can see!

John 9:26 So they said to him, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?”

John 9:27 He answered them, “I told you already and you did not listen; why do you want to hear it again? You do not want to become His disciples too, do you?”

Understandably exasperated by the Pharisees’ repeated questioning and obvious bias, the healed man answered them, “I told you already and you did not listen; why do you want to hear it again?”

Remember, the Pharisees would never have been his “friend” his entire life

His bold rebuke and biting wit struck a nerve. Incensed at his insolence, the Pharisees exploded in rage:

John 9:28–34 (ESV)  28 And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.   29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.”   30 The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes.   31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.   32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind.   33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”   34 They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.

They saw Jesus as:

  • deranged (8:48), untrained (7:15), blasphemer (19:7), from an insignificant family in the despised village of Nazareth (cf. 1:46).

Ironically, the blind man has discernment to see through the tricks of these men

And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.   –   

God Be Merciful to Me a Sinner – The Essence of the Gospel

  • YOU are a sinner, we are not (refer to OTHERS as sinners but not themselves)
  • YOU were born in sin (implying they were not)
  • God does not listen to sinners

But the Bible teaches:

Luke 18.13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’

  • Admit you’re a sinner, you can’t need a Savior if you don’t need to be saved
  • The Law shows us our sin

Matt 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

  • Realize that you cannot rescue yourself from this dilemma
  • You are as helpless as the blind beggar, doomed unless Jesus comes along

Ephesians 2:8-10 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

  • Place your faith in Jesus
  • Faith is belief and trust put to action (parachute)

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Application:

  • Learn how to recognize unbelief, what to expect, how to deal with it
  • Sharing the Gospel is not complicated: I’m a sinner, I can’t save myself, I was blind, Jesus healed me.