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Does Belief = Salvation


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Is “Belief = Salvation”
Really True?

BY SAMUEL M. SMITH

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BY SAMUEL M. SMITH

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To the serious student of the Bible:

It is important for you to always read not only the verses quoted in any Bible Study, but also to read those verses just before and just after the quoted verses to be sure the person giving the Bible study has correctly applied those verses in the way God and the original author intended that they be used. Many false doctrines are based on the use of verses without regard to who wrote them and why they were written. You will avoid confusion by a careful study of the Bible for yourself.--S amuel M. Smith



In this Pocket Truths Bible Study, we shall attempt to answer the following questions, not according to the theology of man, but the written Word of God, the Bible as each verse is understood  in the setting or context in which it was written.
  1 • What does the word “believe” mean?

  2 • What part does belief have in God’s  “Plan  of Salvation”?

  3 • At what point is one truly “Saved” or “Born  Again”?

  4 • Is there any way that a person can tell  within himself or herself that he or she has been  “born again”, or must they simply  believe that it has happened and continue living as before?

  5 • Is there any real difference in the life style  and habits of a truly "born again" child of  God after he or she is “saved”?

  6 • Is there any way that openly non-Christian  people can tell if a person has been "born  again"?

  7 • Is there any way that other Christians can tell if a person has truly been "born again"?

  8 •  Does being “born again” guarantee eternal  security?

INTRODUCTION:

Having FAITH in God in the person of Jesus Christ is the first step in bringing us to real Biblical conversion. By the Grace of God, we are given the opportunity for our minds to be informed about the love of God and His provision for our salvation, health and every other need. But we must BELIEVE that information in order to receive any benefit from this wonderful love of God. Paul sums up his ministry to the lost as “…testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, REPENTANCE toward God and FAITH toward the Lord Jesus Christ,” (Acts 20:21). It is impossible to repent, however, unless one has faith toward God and His Word. To profess to turn to God without forsaking sin in repentance ends in hypocrisy. To attempt to forsake sin without turning to God in faith ends in failure and despair.


 


Is
“Belief = Salvation”
Really True?

Many churches teach an equation:“Belief = Salvation”.

Is this really a correct Biblical principle? As the vast majority of denominational churches teach, is the person who believes instantly and gloriously saved? Is it true that once a person believes and is therefore instantly saved that thereafter he or she can never be lost? 
We shall attempt to show, not what this or that denomination or church organization says is truth, but to go back “to the horse’s mouth,”the Bible itself and examine the teachings of Jesus and His original Apostles. 

Raised in church from infancy, for the first thirty years of my life, I too believed that Belief = Salvation, because that was what I was taught. When I began systematic Bible study in late 1967, I came to realize that was NOT what the original apostles preached, nor taught, nor practiced. As I saw the Belief = Salvation theology FAIL soMISERABLY in skid-row missions in Chicago, I also saw the real change of life when Grace = Jesus’ Loving payment for our sins, Hearing the Word, Belief, Repentance, Baptism = Salvation confirmed by Holy Spirit Baptism was taught like the Apostles did. I have been thoroughly convinced of the Apostles’ way being right and John Calvin’s way in error. For the sake of hearing “Well Done, My child,” when you stand in the judgement, please study on. (2 Timothy 3:16.)

God foreknew that man would fail and sin and He planned our redemption from before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4; 1 Pet. 1:19,20). He provided Himself the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8), as Abraham prophesied in Genesis 22:8 and John the Baptist announced in John 1:29 and 35. This great Love, Grace, Mercy of God was declared by Jesus Himself in John 3:15-19 and further confirmed by Peter in 2 Peter 3:9.

An understanding belief in our own failure and total inability to please God on our own, our sinfulness and God’s plan of salvation is an absolute necessity if we would enjoy the fulfillment of a life in Christ. Before one can sincerely repent of his sins and be baptized, he MUST understand and believe God’s plan and requirements.

The importance of belief in the Lord Jesus Christ the Son, the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world cannot be overemphasized. We absolutely must trust in Jesus Christ and His shed blood as our ONLY means of salvation. Trust is not possible until you have already believe. “Neither is there salvation in anay other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved,” (Acts 4:12)
Electric Light Switch
Until I believe that flipping on a light switch will give me light, I will not trust for light by turning on the switch.



Until I believe a chair will hold my weight, I will not entrust my weight to it to sit on it. If I really believe that a chair will Belief chair Illustrationsupport my weight, I sit in it confidently, without fear of its eminent collapse. But if I lack faith in the chair, I remain standing or else I will sit down very carefully, wondering every moment if it is going to collapse, fall apart and drop me on the floor.  The same is true of God’s Word. If we truly believe it, we can rest confidently on its promises and receive rest for our minds and bodies in this life and eternal salvation both now and forever. But if we doubt, as so many so-called Christians today do,we are left standing or seated cautiously in mental and physical strain. Until I believe that big shiny airplane can really fly and carry my weight, I will not entrust myself to go inside it! Likewise, until you fully believe that Jesus Christ, the Son, the Lamb of God was both fully qualified and did in fact pay the price in full to save you from sins and give you a whole new life, you will never trust Him in saving faith. Our natural minds resist this. Doubts arise: ‘How can MY LIFE be so radically changed by the death and shed blood of someone who died so long ago?’ No, true trusting belief is not easy!

This is why Mark 16:16 emphasizes belief twice as much as baptism. If you don’t believe Jesus paid it all, you can be baptized in His or any other name as many times as you want to and it is all equally meaningless. You go down a dry sinner and come up an all wet one! If you believe that it is the act of being baptized that saves you, your belief, your faith is in the act of baptism instead of Jesus Christ and His shed blood. If you believe that believing is what saves, then again, your belief, your faith, your trust is in your act of believing rather than Jesus Christ and His shed blood.

Truth is truth only when it is used in a truthful way, being true to the original meaning it had when it was first stated. To put a truth into an application, setting or context in which it was never intended or does not fit makes it no longer truth. Every word of God in the Bible is truly inspired of God when understood as He intended. Example: In the book of Job, there are many declarations that are quite truly the declarations of Bildad the Shuhite’s ideas expressed to Job and his other “comforters” which are distinctly NOT what God says, as is explained in the last chapters of the book. But to take some of the things Bildad said and put them alongside what God said without proper explanation gives rise to the erroneous idea that the Bible is filled with contradictions.



Those who teach the “Belief = Salvation” message often say that there are 200 verses of scripture proving their point, and some even claim a thousand or more, but every verse they use to prove their point is used apart from the setting or context in which it was originally written, just like things Bildad said, taken alone out of context may seem to teach clearly unscriptural things.

For example, perhaps the most famous Bible verse, John 3:16 [which can rightly be called the“Gospel in a nutshell”] does NOT teach that belief saves as so many teach. Stop a moment and consider the setting of this scripture verse. Nicodemus, a religious ruler of the Jews who has come to Jesus secretly by night acknowledging that Jesus is a teacher come from God. Jesus tells him that unless he is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. The unbeliving, Nicodemus asks what Jesus means. Jesus has already told him that he must be born again. Jesus tells him again that he must be born again — of the water and the spirit (verses 3, 5) — and Nicodemus has responded with doubt and unbelief. “How can these things be?” he asks. In this case, Jesus could not really explain HOW to be born again in the face of Nicodemus’ scoffing unbelief (verse 12). Jesus replies, [in modern paraphrase] “Man, if I tell you of earthly things and you can’t understand that, then how do you expect to understand heavenly things?” This, then, is the setting, the context for that beautiful explanation of the mercy, the grace, the love of God found in the passage, verses 15 through 19. So, for Nicodemus to ever be saved, he needed first of all to believe, and that is what Jesus was speaking to in verse 16. “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). Doesn’t this mean that all I must do is believe? Not at all.

Actually, believing is the vehicle by which the Holy Spirit brings conviction of sin and opens the door to repentance.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God,” (Rom. 10:17). “…and how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Rom.10:14b). “…it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe,” (I Cor. 1:21b).
A person who hears the word of God, believes in his own sinfulness and that Jesus Christ, God’s Son paid the full price to cleanse us from sin and feels the conviction of the Holy Spirit because of that belief; as happened on the day of Pentecost, has no trouble receiving the Apostle Peter’s commandment to “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for (to obtain) the remission (forgiveness) of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost,” (Acts 2:38). They obey and receive God’s confirming gift of the Holy Spirit. It is only those who do not hear this command when they come to the altar that have a problem with repentance, being baptized in Jesus’ name and receiving the Holy Spirit baptism — those who receive a placebo, a sugar pill called Belief = Salvation, the “only believe” message and go on studying the Bible with those who have studied man’s theology, “teachers having itching ears” (2 Tim. 4:3).

Argument is made referring back to the baptism of Gentiles in the Old Testament who wanted to become Jewish proselytes and an understanding that this was symbolic of the natural birth, but actually Jesus is drawing a parallel between natural birth and the spiritual birth. Natural conception represents the planting of the seed, as does the spiritual. Natural birth consists of water and [the Greek word] pneuma, here translated breath. Spiritual birth consists of water and pneuma, here translated Spirit. The second birth is symbolized by the first.



If you are a student of the Greek at all, you know the original word translated “should” in the King James Version means “may” or “ought”. It DEFINITELY does NOT mean “shall” no matter how much Satan wants it to! The believing person is without excuse and ought not to perish is what Jesus said! Many of the “Belief = Salvation” teachers admit, “This does not mean that we dispense with baptism because it is still a command of the Lord and is usually the first act of obedience by a believer.” Amen! if you omit the word “usually”. For the first 115 yewars or more A.D. church history shows that all the original apostles and the early church practiced baptism in the name of [the Lord] Jesus Christ.

If one believes that baptism is the key to salvation or trusts baptism to save, it IS dangerous, since it is by the Grace, the Mercy, the Love of God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ that we have forgiveness of sin. It is equally dangerous to believe that belief saves, because only when belief is based exclusively upon the Sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, the blood shed on Calvary, is it of any significance. “The devils believe also and tremble,”(James 2:18, 20). Belief in belief for salvation is placing faith in your own act of believing.

It is also a mistake to say that “Baptism is a human work…” It is not. It is direct obedience to direct commands of Jesus (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16; Luke 24:47), Peter [Acts 2:38; 10:48], Philip [Acts 8:12, 13,16,36-39], Ananias [Acts 9:17,18; 22:12-16]; Paul [Acts 16:14,15, 30-33; 19:1-5; Rom. 6:3,4]. Many people confuse the meaning of Romans 11:6, and Ephesians 2:5,8,9 which were written to churches or congregations of believers who had already believed in the Grace of God, 

because of Grace, felt conviction, repented, been baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ and their sincerity had been confirmed by God by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Paul knew that false teachers had already come along teaching that works of the law saved or also saved. Paul is certainly not saying that his re-baptism of the Ephesian believers in Acts 19:1-7 was unnecessary.

To obtain a right understanding of what God is trying to communicate to us through His Word, we must study everything the Bible says on the subject at hand, beginning with Genesis and ending with Revelation. It is important to remember that the writers of the New Testament were so used to the Old Testament and its historical facts, its laws and the prophets that they often said things which cannot possibly be correctly understood by anyone who is not also familiar or at least acquainted with the Old Testament. Jesus Himself, said He did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17).

If any doctrine seems contrary to the teaching of our church, we should look up church history to discover if and when a change was made in that doctrine. A rule we should apply to every scripture is to ask the following four questions:

1. Who is speaking?

2. To whom is he speaking?

3. Is the author of that verse of scripture the person speaking, or is he quoting someone else?

4. Is that particular passage an unsolicited instruction, or is it a specific answer to a specific question?



Example:  I Corinthians 7:1.
"Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me..." The Apostle Paul goes on to answer their questions rather directly as their overpastor in the next several chapters. He was not giving commandments directly from the Lord to people who were not already concerned with pleasing the Lord Jesus.)

Another example: John 3:16

1. Who is speaking? Jesus.

2. To whom is he speaking? To Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews who has come  to Jesus by night and whose last recorded words were “How can these things be?”

3. Is the author of that verse of scripture the person speaking, or is he quoting someone else? Jesus is answering, Nicodemus. He is explaining the love, the grace of God to someone who clearly does not yet understand.

4. Is that particular passage an unsolicited instruction, or is it a specific answer to a specific question? Answer to the question, “How can these things be?”

5. So is it reasonable that Jesus should give the “Plan of Salvation” to someone who is still an unbeliever when He has not yet given it to His chosen Apostles? NO.

6. Based on context then, is John 3:16 the “Plan of Salvation”?NO.

Another example:Acts 2:38

1. Who is speaking? Simon Peter.

2. To whom is he speaking? To those who had heard the Holy Ghost anointed  sermon and believed and because of their belief, been “pricked in their heart” or convicted by the Holy Ghost.

3. Is the author of that verse of scripture the person speaking, or is he quoting someone else? Peter, speaking in the Holy Ghost, is answering the question, “What must we do?” to those who have felt the conviction of the Holy Ghost because they have believed his sermon.
4. Is that particular passage an unsolicited instruction, or is it a specific answer to a specific question? Answer to the question, “What must we do?”
5. So is it reasonable that Peter should give the “Plan of Salvation” to people who have believed his sermon, felt Holy Ghost conviction and asked “What must we do?” YES.

6. Based on context then, is Acts 2:38 the “Plan of Salvation”?YES.

It is not possible to feel conviction of sin, realize the need to come to Jesus Christ for forgiveness, nor to repent of sin until you have already believed the salvation message. This is an inescapable fact. By the Grace [Love, Mercy] of God, Jesus came to be the sacrifice for all our sins (John 1:29, 35; 3:16; Heb. 10:10); by the Grace of God, we hear the message (Rom. 10:13-18); by the Grace of God, the Holy Spirit uses our belief in the message we have heard to bring conviction of our sinfulness; by the Grace, the goodness of God, we are granted repentance (Rom. 2:4); and every other aspect of our salvation is through and by the Grace [Love, Mercy] of God.
 A great many people have an inaccurate view of what Grace is. Grace is the unmerited, undeserved love and favor of God. It is by His grace that He provided Himself the Lamb of God to die for us and pay the full price for our sin. We did not deserve to hear about His grace. We did not deserve that He should die for us. Nothing we ever did or can do (in the sense of works) will earn for us salvation, but the Apostles Peter, Paul and James all clearly DID attach something else to faith in the grace of God



for salvation. James said, “The devils also believe and tremble,” (James 2:18-20). As already demonstrated above, on the day of Pentecost Peter told those who had already believed the message of grace he had preached and felt the conviction of the Holy Ghost through their belief and acknowledgement of their sin that they must REPENT. This agrees with John the Baptist, Jesus, Paul and others with each verse studied in the context in which they are teaching, so it must be right. Further, Peter said to be BAPTIZED. Three thousand new believers were, in fact, baptized that day (Acts 2:41). All through the book of Acts, you cannot find one new convert who evidently did not hear that he [or she] needed to be baptized in Jesus’ name and in Ephesus, [Acts 19:1-5] the Apostle Paul re-baptized a group of believers in the name of Jesus Christ and when he laid hands on them, they immediately received the Holy Ghost.

The Apostle Paul explains quite clearly in Romans 6:1-4; Galatians 3:27; and Colossians 2:12 that the old, sinful nature which is killed, “put to death”(Rom. 6:6). or slain in repentance is buried with Jesus Christ in the watery grave of baptism and rises to walk as a new creature in Christ Jesus [2 Corinthians 5:17]. You will never find even just one scripture which, in agreement with who is speaking to whom, teaches the equation; Belief = Salvation.!

The clear Bible Plan of Salvation proves that true belief results in “pricked-heart” conviction, followed by repentance or the killing of the old sin nature by godly sorrow and turning from sin to God, followed by burial of that dead body of sin in the watery grave of baptism with Jesus Christ who died to pay the full price for our sins. We bury our own sinful

nature with Christ who was buried carrying our sins. Every one of you who got up from your seat and went to the altar must admit that it was because you had already believed that the Holy Spirit was able to prick your heart with conviction. When our belief is true, it WILL result in conviction. When our conviction results in whole-hearted repentance and burial with Christ in baptism, and when God sees our whole-hearted repentance and burial of our sinful nature which we slay in repentance with His Only Begotten Son who went to the grave bearing OUR sins, God confirms our salvation by pouring out the Holy Spirit baptism on us. We may NOT have believed and may have gone to the altar to satisfy Aunt Susy or Uncle Joe or someone else, and we may be able to fool man with our tears on the altar, but we cannot fool God! [See Acts 2:38; 8:12,16; 9:17,18; 22:16; 10:46-48; 11:15; 16:14,15; 16:30-33.]

Jesus indicated that few would really find the truth, though He came to seek and save all that were lost and was not willing that any should perish but all should come to repentance [not just belief!]. (See Luke 19:18; 2 Peter 3:9.)
It does not matter that you spent your life’s earnings to buy me a gift, of let’s say a Rolls Royce automobile. If I will not reach out to you according to what you tell me to receive that gift, the keys and the title, I will not receive it even though you have paid for it in full. There is no need for me to work for it, since it is already bought and paid for and the title is ready for my signature. No need for me to hit you on the head and take it by force as you hold the keys and title out to me! If I refuse to reach for the keys or to accept the title, saying that, “Well, it’s mine anyway because he bought and paid for it in full for me,” it is like saying “All I have to do is believe Jesus paid it all, and so all I have to do is



believe.” Jesus gave Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven, not heaven itself in Matthew 16:19, and Peter used that key on the day of Pentecost, when the Kingdom of Heaven was ushered in, the Church of Jesus Christ — and three thousand souls walked through that door that day. Hallelujah!

Most states require the new owner of the vehicle to sign the title and register their address. Is this a “work”? Is it made unnecessary because it is a gift? No! Reaching for the keys and registering the title of the Rolls Royce can not be considered a “work” to earn it. Neither is repentance for and of sin and burial of our sin nature in baptism be considered a work to earn our salvation. Actually, it is when we take on the name of Jesus Christ. (See Rom. 6:3,4; Gal. 3:27). If the grace of God had not brought Jesus to earth to be the payment in full for our sins, we could be baptized a thousand times a day and be continually sorry for our wrongdoings and sins and still never have salvation. Neither repentance nor baptism pay for our sins in any way, but we must obey these ordinances of Jesus and the first church if we are to experience true Bible salvation.

The apostle Paul said “But though we or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8,9). He said that if even he, himself preached any other gospel than the very first one that he had preached, he was to be considered accursed to the Galatian believers. [No modern minister has the right to use this verse to enslave his followers into thinking

this means anything different from what he, himself, has first preached! These verses are specifically talking about the doctrines Paul first preached.] The epistles — every one of them — were written to people who had already believed, felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit, repented of their sins and been baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost. They had been born again of the water and of the Spirit, but that did not mean they were already full-grown. They were new babes in Christ and, as we, too often are, easily swayed by every wind of doctrine.

We were low on gasoline. After a quick look at a map, I turned off the expressway onto a road where I honestly believed I would find a gas station nearby. But I was mistaken. Actually, there was a nearer gas station on the expressway. My belief was not sufficient to fill my empty gas tank. My faith, although I believed strongly enough to act upon it, was in the wrong thing.

As you sit watching my television, you begin to smell smoke, but you do nothing. Then I come running over and pound on your door yelling,“Fire! FIRE!”

“Yeah, yeah,” you reply, “I’ll get out in a minute.”

“But the fire is getting bad. You’d better hurry. Don’t you believe me?” I cry. If you really believe the house is on fire, you will surely get up and get out.

“Sure, I believe you. But I’ve got plenty of time,” you answer. “The story is just at the exciting part. I’ve got plenty of time.”

 


 


In the natural, about that time, I’d risk the consequences and attempt to break down your door to drag you out. But in the spiritual, many people are in worse danger than that — they are on the way to hell with no assurance of the next minute of life — and the second or third time the Christian gives the warning, all too often they give up, leaving their hearers to their fate with a shrug of the shoulders and a “What’s the use?” attitude.

But isn’t believing in the shed blood of Jesus Christ sufficient? It really did pay the whole price. But No! It is only the first step. You may think you smell smoke and say, “I think the house is on fire,” but if you don’t get up and DO something about it, you obviously do not have saving faith in your sense of smell or my word. If your nose and my warning was correct and you fail to act in time, your lack of belief would be fatal to you.

Then how about Acts 16:31? Isn’t that clear enough? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Please read verses 25-30 which explain the circumstances of this statement, then read on down to verse 34. The Philippian jailer, in response to a spectacular manifestation of God’s power, has come trembling into the jail, prepared to commit suicide to spare his family from sharing his death under Roman law because he expected all the prisoners to have escaped. When he found the prisoners all present as Paul told him, he asked what he must do to be saved. The first part of Paul’s response is to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,” but that is not nearly all! , “And they spake unto him the word of the Lord,” (verse 32). What word of the Lord? Some say it must not have been important or it would have been stated. But no! The Holy Spirit guided Luke into a superior literary device which trained writers often use. He tells what the jailer did in response to that word.

DOES BEING “BORN AGAIN” GUARANTEE ETERNAL SECURITY?

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved,” (Matthew 24:13; Mark 13:13).
“Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me ye workers of iniquity,” (Matthew 7:22-23. See also vss. 24-27.).

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE WORDS “BELIEF”, “FAITH”, “BELIEVE”?
The root word from which we get faith (noun) and believe (verb), and its derivatives are found in the New Testament 619 times!
a) FAITH (pistis) - “Persuasion; conviction (of religious truth); assurance, belief, believe faith, fidelity.” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.)
b) BELIEVE (pisteuo) - “To have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), believe, commit (to trust), put in trust with (Strong’s).

As a good teacher, God repeats important things because it is through repetition that we remember. For God to tell us 619 times that we must have faith, must believe in Jesus Christ and His saving power, must believe His word, points out just how important this act of believing God really is.

DOES BEING “BORN AGAIN” GUARANTEE ETERNAL SECURITY?

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved,” (Matthew 24:13; Mark 13:13).
“Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy



name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me ye workers of iniquity,” (Matthew 7:22-23. See also vss. 24-27.).

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE WORDS “BELIEF”, “FAITH”, “BELIEVE”?
The root word from which we get faith (noun) and believe (verb), and its derivatives are found in the New Testament 619 times!

a) FAITH (pistis) - “Persuasion; conviction (of religious truth); assurance, belief, believe faith, fidelity.” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.)
b) BELIEVE (pisteuo) - “To have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), believe, commit (to trust), put in trust with (Strong’s).

As a good teacher, God repeats important things because it is through repetition that we remember. For God to tell us 619 times that we must have faith, must believe in Jesus Christ and His saving power, must believe His word, points out just how important this act of believing God really is.

1 • What does the word "believe" mean?

An understanding belief in our own failure and total inability to please God on our own, our sinfulness and God’s plan of salvation is an absolute necessity if we would enjoy the fulfillment of a life in Christ. Before one can sincerely repent of his sins and be baptized, he MUST believe and understand God’s plan and requirements.

2 • How Does The Bible Define "Faith"?

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”     (Hebrews 11:1 [KJV]) Now faith is the solid material, the concrete object of things we hope for within the will of God, the proof positive which will stand in a court of law, of things not yet visible with our natural eyes.   (Hebrews 11:1 [A literal translation paraphrase]).
“Now faith means putting our full confidence in the things we hope for, it means being certain of things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1 [J. B. Philips]).

Faith links us with God. Faith is the assurance that the revealed things promised to believers, both present and future, are true and that the unseen things are real. Faith is sure that what it expects will surely come to pass. It is not a wishful hope that looks forward with wistful longing, but a hope that looks forward with assurance and confidence to a sure result. It is not the hope which takes refuge in “perhaps” and “maybe,” but is founded on firm conviction. The future and the unseen can be made real for men by such faith.

Believing is the act by which a person reaches out to God, lays hold on His proffered resources, becomes obedient to God’s guidance through His Word and by His Spirit. Giving up all self-interest and self-reliance, he or she trusts God completely for every need.
As a good teacher, God repeats important things because it is through repetition that we remember. For God to tell us 619 times that we must have faith; must believe in Jesus Christ and His saving power; must believe His word; points out



how important this act of believing God really is.

A person usually does nothing that he does not believe he can do, because he will not make the effort to try. I’ll never enter a race if I’m sure I’ll lose. But if I believe that I have a chance to win, I go out, practice and exercise until I am in peak condition. Then, when the race actually takes place, I put forth that determined effort that could bring me in first. Should I fail to win, I realize that all cannot win and I receive my satisfaction from how well I did perform.

If I believe that highway I-75 will take me to Atlanta and Atlanta is my intended destination, I follow the signs marking that highway. But if I do not believe that I-75 goes to Atlanta, or my destination is not along highway I-75, I am not concerned with following that highway.

If I believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God, my desire is to go to heaven li?**ternally with my Lord Jesus Christ and praise Him forever, I act according to what it says. And because I believe, I am able to feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit calling me to Jesus.

Right now, if you want to be saved, in evidence of your belief, repent -- be truly sorry you have not lived your life to please the Lord and ask Him to forgive you. Then find a church that teaches the real Bible Plan of Salvation which is first given in Acts 2:38 (on the birth day of the Church) and have the pastor baptize

you in the name of the One with whom you are symbolically being buried -- Jesus Christ, to obtain forgiveness of your sins. If you are truly wholehearted toward God, He will give you the gift of the Holy Spirit. If you do not receive this clear-cut sign, first evidenced by speaking in tongues, a language you have never learned, search your heart for some sin you are trying to hold on to or some bit of unbelief and seek the Lord until His presence fills and thrills you.

You CAN KNOW you are saved!

--  S.M.S.

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