Seeing is Believing...Or is it?

Scripture Passage: 
1 Kings 10:1-7
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INTRODUCTION: The queen of Sheba did not believe the words she had heard about Solomon and the glory of his reign until she had seen it for herself. This supports the truth of the old saying: seeing is believing. But does it? The Bible speaks of a fascinating relationship between seeing and believing. It is connected to our salvation and it is connected to our walk with Christ. Let us look at what the scriptures say.

  1. THOSE WHO BELIEVE NOT BECAUSE THEY SEE NOT
    1. They Claim they would believe if they saw (Mark 15:32)
    2. They Require Signs and Wonders in Order to Believe (John 4:48)
      1. They have already rejected what they have been shown (John 6:14, 30)
      2. They will not be given signs and wonders (Matthew 12:38-40)
  2. THOSE WHO SEE BUT BELIEVE NOT
    1. They Use Any Excuse to Reject the Truth (John 6:28-36)
    2. They are Like the Brethren of the Rich Man (Luke 16:27-31)
  3. THOSE WHO SEE AND BELIEVE
    1. They are Touched by What They See (Lamentations 3:51; John 11:45)
    2. They are Convinced by What They See (John 20:24-29)
    3. They Believe the Son and Receive Eternal Life (John 6:40)
  4. THOSE WHO BELIEVE WITHOUT SEEING
    1. The Special Blessing on Those Who Believe Without Seeing (John 20:29)
    2. The Special Response of Those Who Believe Without Seeing (1 Peter 1:7-8)
      1. A special love for Christ
      2. A special joy in faith
    3. Their Special Reliance on the Word of God
      1. The unbelief of the disciples (Mark 16:14)
      2. The faith based on the word of God (Romans 10:13-17)
  5. THOSE WHO SEE BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE
    1. Those Who Believe will See the Glory of God (John 11:40)
    2. Those Who Believe will See Him Who is Invisible (Hebrews 11:27)
    3. Those Who Believe to See Shall be Strengthened (Psalm 27:13-14)

CONCLUSION:  Have you believed in Jesus Christ as your Saviour?  Do you walk by faith as a Christian, trusting in the Lord?  Or, do you live a life of doubt and distrust, guaranteeing that you will not see many good things from God?

David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 18:4

The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.