And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.
And some believed, etc. The end of all preaching is practical faith. Not sentiment. Not mere intellectual change. Illustrate from those who listened to Paul. What faith involved to a Jew, to a heathen. The alternative, not indifference, not neutrality, but "disbelief" (Revised Version), exemplified in the opposition of Jews. Moral responsibility for faith, as seen in the light of the Old Testament view (vers. 26, 27). Resistance to the Spirit a moral perversion and hardening.
I. GOD'S SPIRIT WORKS BY MEANS OF HUMAN AGENCY.
1. The truth is presented to the heart, notwithstanding infirmities of method and manner.
2. The external ministration corresponds to the internal work of grace.
3. The essential point in all preaching is the presentation of an object of faith. Jesus.
II. THOSE WHO LISTEN TO THE WORD OF GOD ARE TRIED BY IT.
1. The broad distinction between acceptance and rejection of Christ. The heart which moves towards the Savior is changed.
2. No compromise in the final result, though hearts may deceive themselves. By faith we stand.
3. While there is the opportunity of hearing, there is hope of turning the unbelief into faith. God's people must never take it for granted that any are beyond reach. They hear not as they might hear.
4. The opportunity may be itself decisive. "Now is the accepted time." - R.
Parallel VersesKJV: And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.