Did Thomas Have Faith?

Most people know the story of “doubting Thomas”. For those who do not, a quick explanation.

Thomas was a disciple of Jesus. After the death and burial of Jesus the disciples were together in a room. You can read the account in John Chapter 20. Thomas was not there, in the room, at the time. Then Jesus appears in the room where the disciples were.

Put yourself in their shoes. Here you are with about 10 of your buddies sitting in a room talking about “things”.  Then Jesus appears in the middle of you and your buddies and says, Peace be unto you.

The disciples had witnessed Jesus being beaten, stripped naked and put on a cross. They witnessed his crucifixion and removing his body from the cross. They witness his body being put in the tomb and a stone rolled to seal the tomb. And 3 days later Jesus stands in the midst of them, alive?

Luke 24:37 records the disciples were “terrified” and frightened. I would be too.  But Thomas was not present at that time. We also know from John 20:19 – 23 that Jesus breathed on the disciples that were present and gave them the Holy Ghost at that time.
John 20:19-24 KJV “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
[20] And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
[21] Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
[22] And when he had said this, he breathed on them , and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
[23] Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
[24] But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.”

When Thomas came back to the room, Jesus was gone and the disciples told Thomas what happened. Now pay attention to what Thomas says,
John 20:25 KJV “The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

God’s definition of faith is in Hebrews 11:1 KJV “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Faith is not seen. People may say you have faith and they determine if you have faith by what you say and what you do, but they can not see your faith. If you say you have faith and you do things of the world, people say you are a hypocrite.

Thomas said if he could not see and touch Jesus, he would not believe. But faith is based on things we can not see. So I ask you again, did Thomas have faith?  How did Jesus handle Thomas?

Notice it was 8 days later before Jesus came back. That gave Thomas 8 days to hear the testimony and declarations of the other disciples for 8 days. These were Thomas’ friends, he knew these people well and still refused to believe his friends, his buddies.

We know God got a hold of Thomas and Thomas did finally believe but Thomas needed to see proof. When we need to see proof God will hear us, or proof God loves us, or proof of anything from God, do we have faith?

Unlike Gideon who believed God but wanted to prove he understood correctly what God was calling him to do, Thomas flat out would not even believe God until he saw proof.

Today, God has given us his word and the Holy Ghost. And Christ is not Jesus’ last name. Until next time.

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