Muslims have a high view of Jesus as a great prophet, but their view is not high enough, in that they think that Mohammad was a greater prophet and they deny Jesus’ deity. Jesus said that we must believe in Him, and that means trusting Him with our souls, so I hope you enjoyed these 12 good Bible verses about those who believe in Jesus. Why is trust at the heart of all relationships. It says in the bible, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:31). In fact, he denied the Lord’s prediction of his denial because he thought he knew more than the Lord did! Report Story. So the story of Nicodemus helps us to understand these verses (and vice versa). 3:12-14; 1 John 2:18-19.) But your wife truly trusted.” (Adapted from, “Our Daily Bread,” 12/84.). John 2:25 emphasizes “man” (used twice) and then in 3:1, we read, “Now there was a man….” Also, 2:23 mentions the signs that Jesus was doing in Jerusalem during the feast, and in 3:2 Nicodemus acknowledges the signs that Jesus was doing. You don’t want to stand before the Lord and hear Him say, “Your faith was only superficial; I never entrusted Myself to you.” Genuine saving faith means having a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, trusting Him as the One who saves you from your sins. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Obviously, you do not need to know every answer about the Bible, Jesus' life, ministry, death and resurrection to be able to individually believe in the "Gospel of Jesus Christ," ie: the Bible according to Christianity points to Jesus from the very beginning -- as … Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.” 50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? If you’ve never done so, you must ask God to change your heart through the new birth. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition © The Lockman Foundation, Related Topics: Faith, Soteriology (Salvation), Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. In the smelting area, there were caldrons of molten metal. The Bible uses the word believe or the word faith hundreds of times to describe an act of trust. Chapter 6 reports a similar incident. 13:5), “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! They didn’t see Him as God. Today we will review and discuss the complete lyrics to “I Am the Bread of Life.” First verse: While I believe that he later came to faith, at this point his view of Jesus was high, but not high enough. But Peter strongly denounced him (8:20-23), “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! It’s obvious as the interview progresses that Jesus knew what was in Nicodemus’ heart and what he needed, namely, the new birth. And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household.” King James 2000 Bible And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, and your house. And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you. To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”. Simon the magician believed, but he had not repented of his pride and love of power over the people. We could rightly translate it, “Many believed in Jesus, but Jesus didn’t believe in them.” While I found a couple of commentators who argue that these people had genuine faith, I agree with the overwhelming majority of scholars who argue that John intends for us to understand that these people had superficial faith. I want to let you know today that We keep the Law of Moses. So when John tells us that Jesus knew all men and knew what was in man, it is a witness to His deity. The Bible teaches, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31). 15:2; Col. 1:23; Heb. But now we read (2:23), “Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, observing His signs which He was doing.” You would expect John to move on, leaving this as another example of saving faith following the earlier examples that he has given. Therefore, if you have a verse and you’re using it correctly, you win the argument. He thought that he was stronger than he was. Jesus knew that the people superficially believed in Him, but He didn’t entrust Himself to them. 1 Timothy 4:10. Isaiah 43:10 - Ye [are] my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I [am] he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. While only God knows the true condition of people’s hearts, Jesus said that we can know a tree by its fruit (Luke 6:43-44). If we are His disciples, then we must learn from Jesus and believe what Jesus believes about the Bible. 17:10; Heb. Only then is there anything in us worth trusting. Some of the scariest verses in the New Testament are Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:21-23: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. The answer of the Bible is, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31). But how can He do that in light of our propensity to sin? Lesson 13: Does Jesus Believe in You? This is what Paul told the Philippian jailer. Their disobedience showed that although they “believed” in Jesus, He didn’t believe in them. They were amazed at His signs, but they weren’t committing themselves to Him as Savior and Lord, so He didn’t commit Himself to them. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. The Jehovah’s Witnesses affirm that Jesus is the greatest of all created beings, but their faith is not saving faith because they deny His deity, which also denies His ability to atone for our sins. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (The Path to True Happiness [Baker], pp. We saw in 1:12, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” In 1:14, John writes, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”. Maybe some of them had been healed or knew those who had been healed. To many, "believing" was easy - but to countless thousands, the words "believe" and "faith" are mysteries hard to understand. Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The Parable of the Sheepfold. When he saw the miracles that God was working through Philip, Simon believed and was baptized. Christianity is primarily a matter of your heart before God, not of rituals or keeping rules. Yes you can one verse at a time. They had seen Him clear out the merchants and money-changers from the temple. These people get it! Version. He offered money to the apostles so that he could obtain the same powers. The disciples no doubt thought, “Great! Bible Language English. My aim in this message is, I hope, the same as John’s aim for including these verses in his Gospel: to get us all to believe in Jesus in such a way that He believes in us. The approach of Jesus in this particular conflict is rooted upon his fundamental conviction that “Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35 ESV). 6:17). Jesus could peer beneath the surface and evaluate the thoughts and motives of hearts (1:47-48; 4:17-19, 29; 6:15, 64 16:30; 21:17; Luke 16:15). We should be able to spot a Christian by his godly behavior and lifestyle. He asked a couple if they would like to prove the truthfulness of what he just said. The same is true of the Mormons. Faith that perseveres sees with growing clarity the glory of Christ and what He did for us on the cross so that it perseveres when trials or persecution hit. In the parable of the sower, it is only the seed that endures and bears fruit that is genuinely saved. How can you change your feelings on this? Often, they have not submitted their wills to Christ. 4:13.) "Everything is possible for one who believes." They were ready to sign on with Jesus. Or, in Paul’s words (2 Cor. John the Baptist Prepares the Way. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works. 18:15). Then, we need to walk in obedience to Him. Jesus and the Bible declare scripture to be God's truth, John 17:17, the words of God, preserved by God so we can know what God wants us to know about Him. If one third of our nation was truly born again, the moral condition in our land would be vastly different! 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes(A)in me will do the works I have been doing,(B)and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.13 And I will do whatever you ask(C)in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.14 You may ask … There is a third group where their Christianity is almost entirely a matter of the will. Trust is at the heart of all relationships. But the implication is that they didn’t know their own hearts. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More, 2. In 2:22, John tells us that after Jesus resurrection, “His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.” So John is drawing a portrait of Jesus as the glorious manifestation of God with us, the one in whom everyone should believe for eternal life. 11:22; 1 Cor. In John 14:21, Jesus states, “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” He adds (14:23), “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” The Lord entrusts Himself to those who obey Him and it is only those who have been born again who are able to obey Him from the heart (Rom. What helped your faith to mature and grow? Psalms 103. In 2:11, the disciples, who had already believed and followed Jesus, believed again when they saw His glory when He turned the water into wine. R. V. G. Tasker (The Gospel According to St. John [IVP/Eerdmans], p. 65) wrote, “[Christ] regarded all belief in Him as superficial which does not have as its most essential elements the consciousness of the need for forgiveness and the conviction that He alone is the Mediator of that forgiveness.”. Mark 9:23 And Jesus said to him, ‘If thou art able to believe! They just want to be doing things to serve God. Jesus did not entrust Himself to these superficial believers because He did not see their faith as the work of God stemming from the new birth. We see an example of superficial faith in Acts 8. They’re acknowledging Jesus as the Messiah!” But the next verse says that Jesus perceived that the people were going to take Him by force to make Him king, so He withdrew to the mountain by Himself alone. His goodness was not good enough to get him into the kingdom of God. No one can deny the existence of the universe. American King James Version At the final judgment, Christ’s evaluation of us will be the determinative factor. For Jesus to entrust Himself to you, He must trust you. Experience is everything. The reason that Jesus didn’t entrust Himself to these “believers” was that He knew what was in their hearts. Many people make a decision to follow Christ, but that decision is not an indicator of the new birth unless it springs from the right motive, namely, a desire to have our sins forgiven through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. That’s why Peter denied the Lord. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. The Essential 100® Bible Challenge–16–The Travels Of Paul. We’re God’s chosen people. In fact, they have been told that they should not try to understand. They may be scholars, but their knowledge has never changed their lives. But to go on and develop into genuine saving faith, you have to see yourself as the Bible portrays you and see Christ for who He is. Leah: The Woman No Man Loved But Every Woman Envied (Gen. 29:15-35). If Jesus … Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you. Has He entrusted Himself to me?” (We’ll look at what that means later.) There is power in believing in Jesus. Others have their hearts touched, but their minds have not been in operation. Discuss: Since genuine faith must be tested, is it wise to try to give assurance of salvation to someone who has just believed? That’s an interesting window into how Jesus understands the Bible. In 1:50, Nathanael is the first one in this gospel who is said to believe in Jesus. We see the same thing in John 10:31-33, where Jesus’ critics acknowledged that He did good works, but they were ready to stone Him for blasphemy, because He made Himself out to be God. The hot liquid rolled off harmlessly, just as the guide had said it would. for in prayer. " If you’re hiding some secret sin from others, remember, you aren’t hiding it from the Lord. But when things don’t go the way that they envisioned, they fall away. How can we know when we have believed on him? But his point is that the overall pattern of a true Christian’s life will be one of obedience to Jesus Christ, not a life of sin (1 John 3:4-10). During the visit to Jerusalem, He had performed some other signs that John doesn’t specify (2:23). We have to allow Him to reveal our hearts to us. These verses teach us that…. If you don’t trust someone, you will not be close to him. VERSES ON "BELIEVING" Note: All the following verses are from the Young's Literal Translation (YLT). Matthew 21:22. The word translated “entrusting” (2:24, NASB) is the same Greek verb as “believed” (2:23). But he didn’t understand that Jesus came to impart the new birth or that he even needed the new birth. He was looking to the joy that was set before him (Hebrews 12:2). The Existence of the Universe. receive whatever you ask. Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?”. Jesus, who had never known sin, was about to become Lazarus’ sin, and the sin of all who had or would believe in him. If so, please share them with someone right now while you’re thinking about it? So, we need to be careful because there is such a thing as superficial faith that does not result in salvation. There is such a thing as superficial faith that does not result in salvation. John 14:6 - Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. The true Jesus, Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 2013, All Rights Reserved. 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