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The Secret Believers

The Secret Believers
Words of Faith 1-9-17
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2017
Jeff.Hoy@faithfellowshipweb.com
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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John 12
[42] Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; [43] for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.

Jesus was largely met by massive national unbelief. But the situation was not hopeless. God always has a remnant. Don’t forget that.
Along with those who refused to believe, many actually believed but refused to admit it openly. Many individuals in high places believed in Jesus, but for fear of being put out of the synagogue they did not openly confess Him.
These Jewish leaders wouldn't admit to faith in Jesus because they feared excommunication from the synagogue, which was their livelihood, and loss of their prestigious place in the community.
Some of these secret believers clearly feared men's opinions and loved men's praise... more than God's praise. Of course, the praise of others is fickle and short-lived. We should be much more concerned about God's eternal acceptance than about the temporary approval of other people.
We could see these folks as being completely cowardly. But we will also see two of the secret believers taking down the body of Jesus from the cross and arranging for anointing and burial. That took courage. The courage came late but both Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea were among the secret believers in Christ who later grew in boldness.
But we also don’t want to forget that Jesus had strong words for people who will not take a stand for Him because of fear of rejection or ridicule. "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven” (Matthew 10:32-33).
For us, in our time, hearing the words of Jesus and taking courage to speak of our trust in Jesus is the avenue of true faith lived out. As Peter put it in his first Epistle, “In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” (1 Peter 3:15).

Father God, give me courage to always speak up when there is an opportunity to give the reason for the hope that is in me. May I always acknowledge Jesus in my words and deeds. In Jesus’ Name.

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© Jeffrey D. Hoy 2002, 2017
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy - Faith Fellowship Church (EFCA)
2820 Business Center Blvd.
Melbourne, Florida 32940 (321)-259-7200
Jeff.Hoy@faithfellowshipweb.com
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© Jeffrey D. Hoy 2002, 2017
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy - Faith Fellowship Church (EFCA)
2820 Business Center Blvd.
Melbourne, Florida 32940 (321)-259-7200
Jeff.Hoy@faithfellowshipweb.com
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The Words of Faith devotion is published five days a week by E-mail excluding Federal holidays. Please feel free to forward this devotion to a friend who might be blessed by this devotion. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture is quoted from the New International Version (R) of The Holy Bible. Copyright (c) 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved. Words of Faith (c) 1997, 2010 Jeffrey D. Hoy. All rights reserved. Permission is granted to forward this copyrighted material or use portions of it with appropriate notation of the source for non-profit purposes.