Summary of passage: Many people saw Jesus’ miracles and believed in him. However, Jesus knew the heart of all men and would not entrust himself to them.
11a) The disciples knew truly in their hearts who Jesus was. The Passover believers believed with their minds and not their hearts. They believed in the spectacular miracles, not in the person who did the miracles.
b) Those who go through the motions of belief in Jesus but don’t actually have the heart for him. You see this everywhere from church to work to schools to vacations and every day life events.
12) Part personal Question. My answer: Jesus knows these are the very people who are gonna kill him later. He also is not fooled by their half-hearted belief. I think Jesus entrusts himself to us every day when he gives us the Holy Spirit and we are his representatives here on earth for others to see. It is our responsibility to live the life he wants for us, to live His life.
Conclusions: Great emphasis on the importance of true belief and the depth of Jesus’ love for Fallen mankind.
End Notes: Superficial belief is a start and better than nothing. However, it’s not enough for Jesus. We must always strive to know him better and deeper.
He doesn’t put too much faith in his followers for he knows us. He is not misled.
Isn’t it amazing how God still loves us even though he knows man? From here on out, John tells us Jesus is letting us know he knows everything about us. He is the One. There can be no doubt.