The defeat of doubt

RE Verse reading–Matthew 28:16-20 (day one)  “When they saw Him they worshiped Him; but some doubted”  (vs 17)  It is a completely unexpected detail.  If there ever was a moment when doubt should be impossible it would have been the reunion in Galilee between the disciples and the resurrected Christ!  Matthew, however,  has a different report.  He says that “some doubted”.  Some of the eleven?  Some of the others who joined them?  (1 Corinthians 15:6?)  We don’t know.  What we do know is that the defeat of doubt is the first necessary accomplishment of the the Holy Spirit’s work.  None of us can follow Christ so long as we are plagued by concerns–“will everything be ok?”, “where is this going?”  Even when the evidence is compelling, every believer still must experience a personal miracle–the defeat of doubt in his/her own heart.  “God has not given us a spirit of fear”  (2 Timothy 1:7)  We either worship or doubt.  We cannot do both. ” I have decided. . . “

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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  1. A great thing is to come to the point where we *know.* Just two examples: Joshua 22:31 – “… today we know …” and John 4:42 – “… we know …”

    It’s a great thing to come to that point. Jesus said that we would not have to fend for ourselves, John 14:18.

    1. Great comment!

      I was listening to a song called “What love is this” by Kari Jobe this morning. I find myself worshipping every time I hear it (highly recommended). My favorite part is when she sings “What love is this, that You gave your life for me And made a way for me to KNOW you . ”

      This song reminds me so much of my favorite passage in the whole Bible…Zechariah’s prophecy in Luke 1:

      “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
      because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
      He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
      in the house of his servant David
      (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
      salvation from our enemies
      and from the hand of all who hate us—
      to show mercy to our ancestors
      and to remember his holy covenant,
      the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
      to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
      and to enable us to serve him without fear
      in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

      And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
      for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
      to give his people the knowledge of salvation
      through the forgiveness of their sins,
      because of the tender mercy of our God,
      by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
      to shine on those living in darkness
      and in the shadow of death,
      to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

      Father, You have made a Way. We want to walk in it fully and know you more…but not only us…also this entire nation. We want our nation to understand what You have done for us. We want our nation to “choose Life.” How I know it makes Your heart ache… and thus makes our hearts ache… that our nation would “ignore such a Great Salvation.” We hold our nation before You and acknowledge You as the only Sovereign/only Good/only Wise…only possible Help. Please help us Lord….Amen.

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