The Anatomy of Unbelief in the Gospel of John

The Anatomy of Unbelief (Part 1)

Text: John 5:39-47

Four Underlying Reasons Why People Reject Jesus Christ:

  1. A Lack of Willingness: They are simply unwilling to come to Him (39-40).
  2. A Lack of Love: They have no love for God in their hearts (41-42).
  3. A Lack of Humility: They are blinded by their own pride (43-44).
  4. A Lack of Faith: They do not believe what God has said (45-47).

The Anatomy of Unbelief (Part 2)

Text: John 6:1-66

Three Steps on the Path to Apostasy:

  1. An Initial Desire to Enjoy the Temporal Pleasures of What Jesus Provides (1-26)
  2. An Underlying Failure Embrace the True Significance of Who Jesus Is (27-52)
  3. An Eventual Unwillingness to Accept the Harder Truths of What Jesus Teaches (53-66)

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Scott Christensen on January 23, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    In preaching thru the Gospel of John for the last year and a half I have discovered that this gospel is as much about unbelief as it is about belief. In fact, the profound underlying reasons for unbelief in the gospel I think are a crucial theme in John’s unfolding of the heart of the ministry of Christ.

  2. Posted by Matt Waymeyer on January 24, 2008 at 12:46 am

    How true, Scott. And very well said.

  3. Two very challenging themes I noticed in John.

    John 5:40 and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.

    John 6:44 “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him;

    John states the both, unequivocally, without diminishing either and moves on as if no apparent contradiction exists.

    God enables belief and man is held responsible for his unbelief.

  4. Posted by Jim Masters on January 24, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    When I preached John 6, I separated it into 4 sections.

    John 6:1-15 – Jesus Is the Great Provider: Come Trust Him, and Be Satisfied.

    John 6:16-25 – Is God Seeking You, or Are You Seeking God? (God seeks true worshipers; man “seeks” God for benefits for himself, not truly seeking God)

    John 6:26-59 – Come, Respond to Jesus (showing who Jesus Is, how to respond to Him, and WHY people do and don’t respond to Him)

    John 6:60-71 – Separating the Men from the Boys (separating the deep from the shallow, true from the false, real from the fake)

    Those were probably the hardest, the most fun, and the ones that caused the most trouble for me sermons.

  5. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on January 26, 2008 at 12:59 am


    Thanks for your comment. Mark Dever preached a great sermon on unbelief a few years back at the Shepherd’s Conf.


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