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"But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him.

-John 6:64

As long as there is money, there will be counterfeits. As long as there is a church, there will be counterfeit Christians. Jesus knew that these people who followed after Him and claimed to be His disciples did not really believe. J. C. Ryle states, “Not all who come to church, nor all who profess to admire and follow popular preachers, are real Christians.” If Judas fooled the eleven, although not Jesus, there are certainly many who can fool us. We do not, as Christ, have the ability to remove the tares from the wheat. We do have the privilege to follow the Lord's example and proclaim the gospel to all while knowing that many who profess to believe really do not. But remember, there is joy in heaven and, I trust, in our hearts, too, over just one sinner who repents. Be encouraged!

Scripture References: John 6:64; J.C. Ryle; Matthew 13:30; Luke 15:7