How do you believe?

Do you believe everything the Bible says about Christ?  Absolutely everything?  Is your motto, “The Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it”?  Well, that is good.  However, does not Satan himself also believe the very same things?  He has seen with his own eyes much if not all that our Scriptures teach us.  Receiving sound instruction about Jesus Christ and believing every word of it does not make someone a Christian.  Believing in Christ is what makes a person a Christian!  Turning from our sins and putting all trust, hope and faith in His death on the Cross to make us right with God is what makes us a Christian.  Sometimes it is good to examine one’s self… Do I believe in the broken, bleeding and resurrected Jesus, or do I just believe what the bible says about Jesus?

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6 Comments on “How do you believe?”

  1. Delwyn X. Campbell Says:

    If I am truly His, however, I will become painfully aware of the ways that I still come short of His glory. The lost, by contrast, think that they are doing ok. So, for me, the fact that I know that I need the blood of Jesus because I do not have the ability to constantly, consistantly, resist the evil one, draws me ever nearer to my blessed Lord. The counterfeit, by contrast, feels confident in his knowledge of religious things, blessed by his business, and secure in his sanctification as displayed by the sins he avoids through rigorous self-denial.

    Of course, some would argue, that you cannot truly know whether you are saved or not, you can only hope that you are saved. What do you think?

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    • Lynne Says:

      I think we should strive to present the Gospel (not our opinions) & let the word of God speak for itself. John 3:16 Amplified Bible)

      “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ([a]unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

      John 3:16 (King James Version)

      For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

      John 3:16 (New King James Version)

      For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

      John 3:16 (Common English Bible)

      For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life.

      John 3:16 (The Message)

      16-18″This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.

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    • ChurchSalt Says:

      To me, it looks likes all of the Biblical writers had a sense of security in their salvation. Probably because they recognized salvation was the work of God and did not revolve around their works. If my salvation was dependent on my works instead of Christ’s, I wouldn’t have much (any) hope, I can tell you that!

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      • Delwyn X. Campbell Says:

        True, Salt, nevertheless, unlike this generation that spends so much of its time loudly declaring how no one has the right to judge them since they are saved, the biblical writers, even Paul, spent much of their time exhorting Christians to strive for excellence in character and conduct. I wonder if Paul would have written a song like “We fall down, and we get up…for a saint is just a sinner who fell down and got up…” and made it a regular feature of praise and worship time? For them, the grace of God calls the Christian to a life of purity and a hatred of sin; for our generation, that same grace excuses our lack of purity, and accepts sin as an essential element of our humanity.

  2. Delwyn X. Campbell Says:

    I’m afraid that this, for many, will be a distinction without a difference. In order to believe “in” Him, you can’t get around believing what the Bible says “about” Him. Many believers believe in Christ as far as they understand theology to require it. Soem believe in Christ as the propitiation for their sins to the point that they feel they no longer ned to worry about their actions, since “Jesus paid it all.” Others call then “antinomian,” believers in “cheap grace,” etc. Many others believe in Christ as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords to the point that they don’t want to “crucify the Son of God afresh,” so they do all that they can to “live holy.” Others call them “legalists.”

    So, not that y0ur words define terms or establish truth once for all, but since you brought this up, how can a person know when they are properly believing “in” Christ, rather than “in what the Bible says about” Him?

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    • ChurchSalt Says:

      I think the simple answer to that is to read 1st John and look at the evidences of salvation that he lists out. Are we walking a life trademarked by ever-increasing obedience, or is willful sin our habit? Do we love other believers, or do we horde our time, money and resources for ourselves? To be clear, these are evidences of salvation not a means of salvation. Ultimately the question is this, “Who are you trusting to save you from the punishment you deserve?” When standing before the Throne of Judgment, are you expecting some form of smile and a “Well done” for the religious and moral life you led that outweighed the evil in your life, or are you trusting in Christ to save you because of what He did?

      We should certainly believe everything our Lord said in His Word, for it is truth. But simple intellectual assent is not the same as faith and trust. Our actions, as always, will point to what we really believe.

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