“If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”
King James Version (KJV)
7:17 If any man be willing to do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God - This is a universal rule, with regard to all persons and doctrines. He that is thoroughly willing to do it, shall certainly know what the will of God is.
Joh 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine. The Common Version is ambiguous. The Revised Version is clear: "If any man willeth to do", etc. The difficulty is in the way of the Jews recognizing the teaching of Jesus as divine, was that they were not willing to do God's will. This spirit of disobedience is the source of most, if not all, skepticism. Unbelief is due, not to the head, but to the heart. He who in his heart says, "Thy will be done, give me light and I will walk in it", will find that Christ is just the teacher demanded by his soul, and that the gospel meets his soul's want. Jesus will so meet the wants of his soul that he will be satisfied and will know the doctrine, that it comes from him who made the soul. The great German poet, Heine, was a scoffer until old and tortured with chronic disease. Then he said: ``I have discarded my proud philosophy and learned to trust in the consolations of religion.'' He had no more outward evidence than before, but his heart had changed.