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Believing is Not Enough

May 30, 2015

John 3:18 NLT

“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son…”

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This was the daily verse for my Bible app today. It really jumped out at me.

Very straight forward here, we are not born believing in the Son of God. We must by faith believe that Jesus is the Christ and that through Him we can find eternal life. Prior to believing this we are considered judged, and found guilty of not believing in the greatest gift and way to eternal life.

This sentence of being pronounced guilty is completely washed away, as far as the east is from the west, according to God’s Word when we put our faith in Him.

There is just one major problem with what the teaching of this verse has done for modern Christianity. We have been led to believe that by belief alone we are saved. Lets see what the scriptures say about this.

James 2:19

You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!

Pretty straight forward that belief in and of itself is not saying anything.

John 14:24

He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.

So just believing in Jesus Christ is not enough. Saying you love Jesus and not knowing, obeying or keeping His Words doesn’t cut it either.

Jesus must be Lord of your life. He wants the number one position of your heart. He will not share it with anything or anyone else.

The good thing is God has given you a free will. So if you don’t like that, no one will force you.

Grace and Peace

 

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