"Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, we have seen the Lord! But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not BELIEVE it (John 20:24-25)." Jesus had been crucified, he had been raised from the dead. Some of the disciples seen him, but Thomas did not. Believing then is a choice based off of whatever individual criteria you establish. Thomas' criteria was, I must touch him in order to believe. Look at John 20:26-27, "A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, peace be with you! Then he said to Thomas, put your finger here, see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and BELIEVE. " Jesus considers Thomas' criteria for having to examine him to believe faithless. "Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed (John 20:28)." The word seen in this text denotes sensory perception. In other words he is saying "Blessed are those who have no sensory perception." Those who don't have to verify with their senses, but can set their wills to believe. This is how you tap into the blessings of God.
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