This man came to Him at night and said, "Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher, for no one could perform these signs You do unless God were with him."
When the people saw the sign He had done, they said, "This really is the Prophet who was to come into the world!"
However, many from the crowd believed in Him and said, "When the Messiah comes, He won't perform more signs than this man has done, will He?"
As He was saying these things, many believed in Him.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples.
Nevertheless, many did believe in Him even among the rulers, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, so they would not be banned from the synagogue.
For they loved praise from men more than praise from God.
And the one sown on rocky ground-- this is one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy.
Yet he has no root in himself, but is short-lived. When pressure or persecution comes because of the word, immediately he stumbles.
And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, immediately they receive it with joy.
But they have no root in themselves; they are short-lived. When affliction or persecution comes because of the word, they immediately stumble.
And the seeds on the rock are those who, when they hear, welcome the word with joy. Having no root, these believe for a while and depart in a time of testing.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision accomplishes anything; what matters is faith working through love.
[I pray] that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,
and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. [I pray that] you, being rooted and firmly established in love,
You believe that God is one; you do well. The demons also believe-- and they shudder.
Foolish man! Are you willing to learn that faith without works is useless?