Faith comes by hearing.
Ro 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
What did Mary do when she heard the shepherds tell her of what the angel of the Lord said? Did she automatically disbelieve, did she just blow the angel’s words off? No, she pondered in her heart on the words valuing and evaluating them.
Lk 2:18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. Lk 2:19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.
“The Greek here refers to not merely storing up ideas, but valuing and evaluating them, ruminating on them because their meaning is not immediately apparent. This is the opposite of the portrayal of someone who is hard-hearted and immediately rejects the message.”
What do the unbelieving do today? Do they ponder in their heart valuing and evaluating?
Is 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
Is the unbeliever willing to draw near to God?
Jas 4:8a Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you…
Are they willing to purify their hearts?
Jas 4:8b Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
How does God see the unbeliever? [As a fool]
Ps 14:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.
Why does the fool say there is no God? [Pride]
Ps 10:4 In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
 Witherington, B., III. (2006). What Have They Done with Jesus?: Beyond Strange Theories and Bad History—Why We Can Trust the Bible. New York: HarperSanFrancisco.
Published on Sunday, March 16, 2014 @ 4:30 AM CDT