Biblical Concept: Not seeing but believing


(Explanatory parentheses are mine.) (Conclusion at end.)


NAS Psalm 95:9 "When your fathers tested Me, They tried Me, though they had seen My work.  (Seeing but not believing.)


NAS Psalm 97:6 The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples have seen His glory.  (God consciousness = spiritual sight potential.  See Biblical Concept: God Consciousness.  Also Romans 1:20 below.)


NAS Matthew 12:38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered Him, saying, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You." 39 But He answered and said to them, "An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign shall be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet;  (Signs?  No, repent or be judged.)


NAS Matthew 13:17 "For truly I say to you, that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it; and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.  (Believing but not seeing.)


NAS Matthew 16:4 "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah." And He left them, and went away.  (Signs?  No, repent or be judged.)


NAS Matthew 24:24 "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.  (Seeing signs and wonders can spiritually mislead.)


NAS Mark 15:32 "Let this Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, so that we may see and believe!" And those who were crucified with Him were casting the same insult at Him.  (Not seeing, not believing.)


NAS Luke 10:13 "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had been performed in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.  (Miracles and spiritual sight obligation.)


NAS Luke 10:23 And turning to the disciples, He said privately, "Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see,  (Seeing and believing.)


NAS Luke 19:37 And as He was now approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen,  (The spiritual obligation of seen miracles—note 19:41-44.)


NAS Luke 23:8 Now Herod was very glad when he saw Jesus; for he had wanted to see Him for a long time, because he had been hearing about Him and was hoping to see some sign performed by Him.  (Not seeing, not believing.)


NAS Luke 24:16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him.  (Prevented from seeing and spiritually seeing.  See 24:31.)


NAS John 1:18 No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.  (Equal humanity: Not seeing God.)


NAS John 1:50 Jesus answered and said to him, "Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these."  (Seeing and believing.)


NAS John 2:11 This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.  (Seeing and believing.)


NAS John 2:18 The Jews therefore answered and said to Him, "What sign do You show to us, seeing that You do these things?"  (Seeing and not believing.)


NAS John 2:23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, beholding His signs which He was doing.  (Seeing and believing.)


NAS John 3:2 this man came to Him by night, and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him."  (Seeing in part.)


NAS John 3:36 "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."  (See the afterlife through belief in Jesus.)


NAS John 4:48 Jesus therefore said to him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe."  (See 4:46-54, seeing and believing.)


NAS John 5:37 "And the Father who sent Me, He has borne witness of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form.  (Equal humanity: Not seeing God.)


NAS John 6:30 They said therefore to Him, "What then do You do for a sign, that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform? (See 6:36, seeing and not believing.)


NAS John 6:36 "But I said to you, that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe.  (Seeing and not believing.)


NAS John 7:31 But many of the multitude believed in Him; and they were saying, "When the Christ shall come, He will not perform more signs than those which this man has, will He?"  (Seeing and believing.)


NAS John 9:16 Therefore some of the Pharisees were saying, "This man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath." But others were saying, "How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?" And there was a division among them.  (Seeing and believing, seeing and not believing.)


NAS John 9:39 And Jesus said, "For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see; and that those who see may become blind."  (Seeing and believing, seeing and not believing.)


NAS John 11:40 Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you, if you believe, you will see the glory of God?"  (Faith leads to spiritually seeing.)


NAS John 12:37 But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him;  (Seeing and not believing.)


NAS John 12:40 "He has blinded their eyes, and He hardened their heart; lest they see with their eyes, and perceive with their heart, and be converted, and I heal them."  (The obligation of seen miracles.  See 12:37 above.)


NAS John 20:29 Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed."  (Belief is superior to seeing.)


NAS Acts 14:3 Therefore they spent a long time there speaking boldly with reliance upon the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting that signs and wonders be done by their hands. 4 But the multitude of the city was divided; and some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles.  (Seeing and believing, seeing and not believing.)


NAS Acts 28:26 saying, 'Go to this people and say, "You will keep on hearing, but will not understand; And you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive;  (Seeing and not believing.  See 28:23-26.)


NAS Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.  (God consciousness = spiritual sight potential.  See Biblical Concept: God Consciousness.)


NAS Romans 8:24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees?  25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.  (Spiritual hope is superior to seeing.)


NAS Romans 11:8 just as it is written, "God gave them a spirit of stupor, Eyes to see not and ears to hear not, Down to this very day."  (Jewish spiritual sight failure.)


NAS 1 Corinthians 1:22 For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  (Seeing and believing, seeing and not believing.)


NAS 1 Corinthians 2:9 but just as it is written, "Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him."  (God’s spiritual plan is superior to sight.) 


NAS 1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known.  (Spiritual maturity = spiritual sight.  See 13:8-13.)


NAS 2 Corinthians 4:4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  (Satan attacks spiritual sight.)


NAS 2 Corinthians 4:18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.  (Eternal spiritual vision is superior.)


NAS Ephesians 1:18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,  (Spiritual vision is superior to seeing.)


NAS 1 Timothy 6:16 who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light; whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.  (Equal humanity: Not seeing God.)


NAS Hebrews 2:4 God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.  (This second generation Christian Hebrews author recognized that after the Apostolic Age it was back to not seeing but believing.)


NAS Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  (Faith and hope are superior to seeing.)


NAS Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.  (Spiritually seeing creation.)


NAS Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.  (Faith is superior to seeing.)


NAS Hebrews 11:13 All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.  (Faith is superior to seeing.)


NAS Hebrews 11:27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen.  (Faith is superior to seeing.)


NAS Hebrews 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  (Not seeing but believing.)


NAS 1 Peter 1:8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,  (Faith is superior to seeing.)


NAS 2 Peter 1:3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.  (God has provided the believer with the ability to spiritually see.)


NAS 1 John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.  (Eternity is for seeing God.)


NAS 1 John 4:20 If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.  (Seeing and loving, not seeing and loving.)


NAS Revelation 16:14 for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.  (Satan attacks spiritual sight.)


NAS Revelation 22:4 and they shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.  (Eternity is for seeing God.)


Conclusions:  Generally, humanity is required by God to not see but believe—this is a divine purpose for humanity—to not see but believe.  (Note: Angels see and believe or disbelieve.  Humans do not see and believe or disbelieve.)  God has granted the advantage of God consciousness for potential spiritual seeing.  From the Divine perspective: Superior is believing but not seeing.  Faith and hope are superior to seeing.  From the Divine perspective: Superior is spiritual vision.  Many people have seen miracles and not believed.  Satan attacks spiritual sight.   Eternity is for seeing God.