What is to believe Jesus Christ?



Will Jesus Christ save those Christians who do not believe him but tell him what to do? Christians do not believe the teachings of Jesus Christ even though they boast about his miracles. They do not believe and obey his teachings, then why do they believe he saves them from hell? Will Christ save them who will not believe him but tell him what to do? Why do they believe Jesus Christ saves them from hell?

One Christian cliché is "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved."  Every Christian believes on Jesus Christ, otherwise there will be no Christianity.  A lot of non Christians also believe that Jesus Christ lived two thousand years ago, worked miracles; died on a cross, etc.  Are non Christians, who believed on Jesus Christ, saved from hell?  Christians may say, no.  Then, what is the difference between these two kinds of beliefs? Do Christians have a similar belief to non Christians and yet are saved just because they are Christians?  Let us study the difference between these beliefs from the Bible.

In the beginning Jesus Christ was God the Word, then he became the Man Jesus, then he was made the Lord Jesus Christ, and he is God. Even though Christians believe these, still they do not believe what Jesus Christ says. That is, Christians believe things about Jesus Christ, but they do not believe his preachings. That is, Christians do not believe Jesus Christ. For example: Jesus Christ said, John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. Matt 7:24 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” But Christians do not believe what Jesus Christ has said. Christians commit sins like others; they do not do the will of God the Father, and keep calling Jesus Christ as Lord, which are opposite to what Jesus has said. However, Christians believe preachers, who say that Jesus Christ will take them to heaven. In short, Christians believe the preachers, but not the Lord Jesus Christ.

What does it mean "to believe"?

If a person came to you and just asked you, whether you believe him or not, what kind of answer can you give?  Believing always refers to the information that is conveyed and whether we accept the information as true or not.  Believing a person is to believe what he has said and not to believe whether he is short or tall or something else about him.

Let us make the following as an example.  Someone says, "I believe that Jesus Christ has saved me".  If we ask him how, he may refer to a verse in the Bible, or a sermon of a preacher, or a conversation with a friend, or his own conviction, etc.  This is not his belief on the Lord Jesus Christ, but his belief on the verse, the sermon, the conversation or his conviction, about Jesus Christ.  However, believe the Lord Jesus Christ is to believe what he has said, and not just believing the things said about him.   The Bible has information about Jesus Christ and it has the teachings of the commandments of Jesus Christ, which is the gospel.  If we believe what he has says in his teachings, then we believe Jesus Christ. We must believe the Bible, which is the word of God.  We must also believe what Jesus Christ says through the Bible.  This is the true belief.

The Bible goes one more step in the belief.  "Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?"  To hear and believe what he says is good. But since he is Lord, he demands obedience as a commander demands obedience from a soldier.  So, if we believe that he is our Lord, we must obey what he says. If we don't obey him and we say that he is our Lord, then we lie because our obedience is the one making him as our Lord.  Then, believing on the Lord Jesus Christ is to believe his teachings and obey his commandments.  According to Jesus obeying is part of believing.

Commandments of Jesus

They are the same as the Commandments of God the Father. God the Father who was dwelling in the Man Jesus was speaking through him.  "John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, ---. 24 --- the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me."  Even though the commandments of God were given in the Old Testament settings, they are spiritual.  "Romans 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual:" The New Testament was given in the perspective of the kingdom of heaven. It is neither pertained to the kingdom of Israel, nor pertained to the things of this world. God reveals the mysteries of his kingdom to his disciples, but to others it was not given to understand in that fashion.  "Matt 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given."

The principle of the spiritual application of the commandments was also taught to the disciples.  "Matt 5:21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."

Those who don't have the spirit, cannot even do the commandments of the Old Testament.  If it is so, how can they do the spiritual commandments of the New Testament without the spirit?  So as usual, the false workers of Christianity twist the Word to justify themselves and to make it easy for their followers.  "2 Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction."

The obedience of the spiritual commandments comes naturally to those who are truly spiritual. It is not grievous (burdensome or difficult) for those who love him.  "1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings:---."  God says it clearly that those who does not love God, will not keep his commandments

Become Spiritual

By our own effort we cannot become spiritual.  God has to give us the spirit of life, or we may say that God has to quicken us.  In other words God has to give us the spirit man and the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to live a spiritual life.  If we have a sincere desire to be spiritual, in order to obey God, then ask for it and it will be given to you.  "Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 13 --- how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."  Those Christians who believe on him should receive the Holy Spirit.  If they desire to obey God, he will give them the Holy Spirit.  "John 7:39 But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive ---. Acts 5:32 --- and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him."

What God expects?

All Christians worship God and are satisfied in the manner of their worship.  Jesus Christ says that the true worshipper must worship God in spirit and in truth. If they truly believe the Lord Jesus Christ, they will obey him.  "John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."

Believe what Jesus Christ says rather than to believe what preachers say about him.  The truth will be understood by those who believe him, if we study the His word continually and obey what we have studied.  "John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

To receive the spirit person and the Holy Spirit is not an option for a true Christian.  But it is mandatory for Christian life because nobody can live a holy life without them.  But when they receive the Holy Spirit they will receive power to live a holy life so that they will be a true witness unto Christ.  "Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me ---."  

God wants us to believe that he will reward those who diligently seek him.  "Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."  So God wants us to diligently seek him, to receive the Holy Spirit, and to live a holy life.  And we will receive a great reward.

Signs and Miracles

'God the Word' became a mere man voluntarily in order to die for the sins of the world. This action of God was prophesied long before it happened.  "John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."

However, when God became a Man, it was supported by signs and wonders in order to show that it was him.  "John 10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. 37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him."

When the Lord Jesus sends his disciples to do the ministry, they were given signs and miracles in order to confirm that they were the servants of God.  "Matt 10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works - than these shall he do; ---. Romans 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ."

Miracles By God

Healings and wonderful miracles were done by the Lord Jesus and by his disciples.  They are recorded in the Bible.  In reality they were all done by the power of 'God the Father' and 'God the Holy spirit'.  The Lord Jesus said that he could not do anything without the Father. In reality, the Father was doing the miracles through the Son.  "John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 30 I can of mine own self do nothing: ---  Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."

After the resurrection of Jesus Christ, he is seated in the right hand of power, as God.  So from then, all the Spiritual and power manifestations are done by God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit"Acts 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, 9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole."  God uses his servants to do what he wants to do.

Different Beliefs: Belief for Healing: Belief for Salvation

Many healings done by Jesus Christ are recorded in the Bible.  Jesus asked many of them whether they believed that he was able to heal them.  They believed and he healed them. One example is given here.  "Matt 9:27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. 28 And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. 29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. 30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it."  Even though the power of healing was given for a sign, it was not for propaganda or advertisement.

Let us say, a man believed on Jesus Christ for his healing and he has received his healing.  Does this mean that he is saved, because he believed on Jesus Christ to heal him?  No! This person is healed and not saved. For his salvation, he has to believe on 'the Lord Jesus Christ', which means that he has to accept Jesus Christ as his Lord, who is the author of salvation and who is seated on the throne in heaven as God.  This belief is to submit themselves to obey whatever the Lord says. 

Conclusion

Salvation is eternal and it is spiritual.  We must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation. The knowledge and acceptance of the historical works of Jesus of Nazareth will not save anybody. The salvation of the soul cannot, and will not happen in an oath of promise, in a ceremony of acceptance, in leading a person through a prayer, or any such things.  If we believe Jesus Christ, we will begin to obey him at least in the ceremonial things like water baptism, communion, etc. Then God will give us the spirit of life.  Thus we will become Spiritual, which will help us to obey His commandments.  Then God will help us to receive the Holy Spirit, who will lead us to walk in His ways. Righteous living (works) will lead us to holiness and to the abiding of God. Those who have the abiding of God will not commit sin and they have overcome the flesh, the world and the devil.  Now we are saved and we are the church in heaven, the body of Christ, the sons of God, the bride of Christ, and we will be with Christ for ever and ever.

However, I have to add a note of caution. Even though we have arrived to a position that we abide with Jesus Christ, still if we have to be diligent so that we may not fall from Christ. If we fall from Christ, then we will be destroyed. 1 Cor 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 18 Let no man deceive himself. So, let us be diligent and may God protect us.

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I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

If we love God with reverential fear, we will obey God and We will stop sinning.

 

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Acts 3:26
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