Do You Really Believe? Part 2


“What Separates a Christian from the Rest of the World?”

 

            Let’s explore what really needs to take place in the life of an individual in order for that individual to be saved. A key verse to understand salvation isRomans 10:9-10:

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

The first thing we need to understand is that there is no salvation without repentance. Repentance was John the Baptist‘s central message. It was also Jesus’. God accepts us the way we are; no doubt about that; but we must repent for what we’ve done. The second thing that must happen is that we must believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord.Luke 6:45tells us:

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heartbrings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

            Even as Romans 10:9-10 mentions confession first, we must understand that confession is the result of a repented heart. The third thing that must take place is the confession itself. What I have said so far is not perhaps strange or far off, but there is more that we must understand in order to go deeper into the doctrine of salvation. We must look at two key words “believe” and “confess.”

“Believe: From the Greek Word (πιστεύω; πίστις) Meaning to believe to the extent of complete trust and reliance—‘to believe in, to have confidence in and to have faith in. In rendering πιστεύω and πίστις it would be wrong to select a term which would mean merely ‘reliance’ or ‘dependency’ or even ‘confidence,’ for there should also be a significant measure of ‘belief,’ since real trust, confidence, and reliance can only be placed in someone who is believed to have the qualities attributed to such a person.” (Louw Nida 31.85)

Lets take a look at the following verses that gives us the same Greek Word for Believe:

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

 

 “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” Romans 4:3 KJV

“Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.” 1 Peter 2:6 KJV

Believing is more than just acknowledging, but is in fact, trusting. That is what makes us believers!

TO BE CONTINUED…

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