How much credence is really given to the words of Jesus in the bible? How much belief and credit is given to His words with the word *acceptance* being a major part of it all?
The word Credence in the World English Dictionary means “acceptance or belief, esp. with regard to the truth of the evidence of others.” The synonyms for credence are:
- credit – to believe, put confidence in, trust, have faith in
- faith – strong or unshakeable belief in something, esp without proof or evidence
- confidence – full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing:
Challenged to believe and trust
Being a Christian and living in the community of Broad Brook means spending a lot of time reading and studying the bible. It means accepting the challenge to believe and trust what is being read and studied. When Jesus spoke to His disciples He expected His words to make an impact on them. He expected them to give full credit to what He was saying.
He also expected the disciples to give high credence to what He was saying and the words He used. In other words, He wanted them to know they could trust His words by placing complete faith and confidence in what He was saying.
Jesus questions the disciples belief
In John 14:10 Jesus asks His disciples about their belief in Him. Then He goes on to say, “The words I say to you are not just My Own.” Here Jesus shows that He does actually have an opinion of His own; but yet He gives more credit and higher credence to the words of God over His own.
Jesus’ opinions seems to line-up with the opinions and thoughts of His Father,so He had reason to questions His disciples after being with them for so long. He questions their belief in Him and their confidence in His words. He lets them know that He and the Father are one by standing in agreement with one another and speaking in one accord. Yet, the they still doubted His words.
The disciples still did not fully believe, even after Jesus had spent so much time with them. Even after all the miracles they were witnesses to that Jesus’ performed, they still had a hard time giving full credence to the words of Jesus. Then Jesus basically tells them,
“if you cannot believe Me, at least believe in the evidence of the miracles you have seen and witnessed with your own eyes that My words and Gods words are the same.”
Credence given to the words of God
In John 14:24 Jesus says, “...These words you hear are not My own: they belong to the Father who sent Me.” Jesus is trying to get His disciples to understand that they can give full and complete credence to the words He speaks. He wants them to know that they can place complete faith and confidence in His words.
He reiterates to His disciples that the words He speak are not just His own, but are also words of the Father as well. This why at the beginning of John 14 Jesus tells His disciples to trust in God and also in Him. He knew there would be a time when their hearts would be troubled by deception and false doctrines as well as concerns for the cares of this world.
No reason to waver
The point is that Jesus only speaks what is true and truth is the only thing He speaks. Jesus speaks only what He hears the Father saying or speaking.
There is nothing for Jesus to gain by lying or giving false testimony. God Himself even says in the old testament that He is not a man that He should lie. Even today God is still not a man that He should lie. Therefore every Christian or Jesus follower can still put complete faith and trust in the words of Christ giving them the highest credence they are worthy of, even today.
Jesus shows His disciples there is no reason to waver on the words He speaks, they really are truth and they really are life. If more Christians would grasp a revelation of this they may actually find that peace Jesus says He will give to them and also leave with them.
Jesus says He is the bread of life, therefore anything that comes from Him will not produce anything but life itself, and that includes His words contained in a book called the Bible.