Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Do you just have to believe in Jesus to be saved or is there more you have to do?

  • First of all, I think that our understanding of “belief” today is different than what most of the Bible writers had in mind. 
    • We often think of belief as being “accepting that something is real” (such as a child believing in Santa Claus). 
      • This is not the kind of belief that is talked about in most places in Scripture.
  • This question can be answered very clearly with John 3:36 which states:
    •  “"He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.".
  • In the book of John, “belief” is more than just “accepting that Jesus is real”. It involves “obedience”. 
    • In fact the word in this verse for “does not obey” is a word that means “being subject to”.  To truly believe, one must subject themselves to the authority and rule of Jesus.
  • Just believing that “Jesus is real” will not get you to heaven. James 2:19 states “You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder”
    • True belief also involves obedience and subjection.
  • With this understanding of the word “belief”, John 3:16 has a much deeper meaning.
    • "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Post by Cliff Sabroe - Scripture quotes from NASB 95.