What Does it Mean to Believe in Jesus

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Have you ever wondered what it really means to believe in Jesus?

Does it mean to believe that He lived two thousand years ago?
That He was a great teacher?
Even that He was the greatest man who ever lived?

Is that what John 3:16 means?

Believe is defined: to accept something as true, genuine, or real.

I believe that a good synonym or definition for believe is – trust.
Because I believe we can believe without trust, but we cannot trust without believing.

When we trust something or someone we place our confidence and hope in them.

Trusting Jesus is putting our confidence in His death as the payment for our sins, and
our hope in His resurrection that  by God’s grace our relationship with God is restored eternally.

Trust changes us.

  Placing our trust in Jesus understands that there is nothing we can do to make us good enough
to pay for our own sins; nor is there a request so great that we would ever deny Him.

Trust embraces us.

God surrounds us with His grace and mercy,
fills us with His Spirit,
and increases our ability to trust Him.

Trust defines us.

Rev and I wrote our statement of faith and trust the other night.
It reads as follows:

I trust that God’s way as it is revealed in the Bible is the best way to live my life,
and I will by His grace seek to honor and obey Him in all things.
I will trust that any and all bad things that happen in my life
can and will be used for my good and His glory.
I will trust Him forever and always.

Grant dear Lord that I may honor this vow.
In Jesus name. Amen.

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6 thoughts on “What Does it Mean to Believe in Jesus

  1. Such a perfect explanation of it- I do so love your statement of faith– I’m sending it to a dear friend of mine who is going through a particularly dark time in her life– she had just texted me today, “…I’m learning that my only course in life is to trust Jesus with everything. Nothing else is sure and He is healing my heart to believe in His goodness” I know she will appreciate this statement of faith you have written!

    1. Oh Connie, I love your friend’s statement of faith. “The only course in life is to trust Jesus with everything. Nothing else is sure.” That’s beautiful. Straight from the heart and so very very true. Blessings on your Wednesday dear friend.

    1. Thanks Alecia, I’m so glad you visited. I’m looking forward to getting to know you. God’s richest blessings.

  2. John 3 v 16 – must be one of the most misused pieces of Scripture of all time, and yet, John chapter three actually teaches us so much, if only we would listen.

    Why John 3 v 16? Why not John 3 verses 1 to 21, why just verse 16, taken out of context, and grossly misused.

    Let us link John 3 v 16, to John 14 v 15 to 24, and also Matthew 3 v 11, why not, for they are all saying the same thing.

    What does it mean to believe in Jesus? Well of course, it does not mean to believe He exists, Nicodemus knew Jesus existed, He was stood right infront of him, speaking with him; yes we do tend to forget that John 3 v 16 is a comment Jesus made to a person called Nicodemus, not to us, but nevertheless the instruction Jesus gave to Nicodemus, can still instruct us today.

    So let us look at a piece of Scripture, that is almost identical to John 3, it is Acts 10 all, and both John 3, and Acts 10, are linked by Matthew 3 v 11 – “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He Who is coming after me is mightier than I, Whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with The Holy Spirit and fire.

    Now have a look at Luke 7 v 29 to 30. Look also at Mark 16 v 15 to 16 – “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”

    John 3 v 16, is just one verse, of a conersation Jesus had with Nicodemus, in which Jesus tried to teach Nicodemus, and rebucked his disbelief, commending those who would believe His message.

    If we believe in Jesus, that is to say, if we believe His witness to us, His teaching, His preaching – then we will do as He commands us to – “You must be born again” – baptized, in water (NOT CHRISTENING, children being protected by their parent’s faith, Corinthians), and with God’s Own Holy Spirit, which always brings the God GIVEN (JOHN 3 v 27) GIFT of Tongues.

    Read Acts 1, and 2, Acts 10 all, Acts 19 v 1 to 6.

    Read Matthew 3 v 11, and now read Luke 12 v 50 (remember, Jesus has already been baptized, in both water, and with The Holy Spirit of His Father).

    “I have a baptism with which to be baptized” – for us to be baptized with!

    Read John 16 v 6 to 16.

    Acts 1 v 4 to 8. Acts 2 all. Luke 12 v 50. John 14 v 15 to 24. Romans 8 v 1 to 17. 1 John 4 v 13.

    I we believe the witness Jesus is to us, then we will be baptized – bornagain, as commanded.

    Faith without actions is dead, and if we love Jesus, we will keep His commandments.

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