The Man Who Believed Twice

LeRoy Koopman

READ : John 4:46-54

This is the story of a man who believed not once, but twice.

When Jesus told him that his son would live, he believed (v. 50). And later, after hearing that his son had survived, the man believed again (v. 53).

A contradiction? No. The first belief was in a promise; the second was in a person.

The first belief had to do with physical healing; the second had to do with spiritual healing.

The first belief involved the body; the second involved the soul.

The first belief had to do with the welfare of another; the second concerned his own eternal destiny.

The first was a belief in what Jesus could do; the second was a belief in who Jesus was.

In other words, believing in a miracle is not the same as believing in Christ for salvation. The first belief may lead to the second, but the two are not synonymous.

A person can be miraculously healed of a life-threatening disease and even give God the credit, but that does not mean that he or she has been healed of the sickness of the soul that leads to death.

What a tragedy if the royal official had received the first blessing but refused the second! What a tragedy if he had believed only once!

PRAYER

Lord, I believe not only in what you can do, but I also believe in who you are—the Savior. Amen.