Tell Us Plainly

Text: John 10:22-27

This Was Not a Sincere Request of Those Genuinely Seeking Truth

  • The Jews asked Jesus to tell them plainly if He was the Christ (v. 24) — yet this request had already been granted (v. 25)
  • Same thing happens today — on various subjects, man wants a plain answer; God has already told us in His word (1 Corinthians 2:10)
  • Problem is not a lack of clarity, but a lack of faith

Man Blames God for Lack of Clarity

  • If we don’t know/understand something, man often concludes that God was not clear enough — this makes Him the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33)
  • Many claim we cannot understand His word — yet Paul says we can (Ephesians 3:4)
  • Is it that man believes God is incapable of leading us to understanding? — this would be strange, considering God made us in His image (Genesis 1:27)
  • Is it that man believes God never intended for us to understand? — this wouldn’t make sense, since we’re commanded to obey (Ephesians 5:17)

Why People Don’t Understand

  • Lack of faith in the fact that the word is truth (John 17:17) and/or that we can understand it (Ephesians 3:4)
  • They are not of His sheep (John 10:25-26) — He sheep hear His voice (John 10:27)
  • Bias in favor of people, traditions, and various preconceptions
  • They really don’t want to understand (John 7:17) — understanding requires action (James 1:22)

Necessary Steps to Understanding

  • Desire to hear (Matthew 11:15)
  • Willingness to obey (John 7:17)
  • Humility (James 1:21)
  • Time & effort dedicated to study (2 Timothy 2:15)
  • Recognition of what the word of God is (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16)

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