“Belief in Jesus Christ”
In the Bible, in John's Gospel, chapter 3 verse
"For God so loved the world that he gave
his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but
have eternal life."
You see, it's all about God's love for us.
The verse above must be the most quoted and memorised verse in the Bible.
It is the
Gospel, the "Good News" about Jesus Christ, in one short sentence. In a few words, it tells the story
of how and why we are saved and gain eternal life (= "salvation"). It tells of God's
love for the world, God's gift of his only Son Jesus to die for us, and the
opportunity for anyone who believes in Him to be saved.
Belief: 'Am I lost or saved?'
Faith and trust in Jesus Christ as our saviour is fundamental
to finding the way to eternal life in heaven.
I have met a few people who think that everyone goes to heaven. One of
them, a man who had been going to
church for many years, thought that people went to heaven by "being nice
to people". I'm afraid that's not enough - it needs more than that:
it needs a living belief and faith in Jesus Christ.
Have you read the Bible passage that tells us about one of the criminals
on a cross next to Jesus? This criminal admitted that he deserved to die; and yet he
had faith in Jesus Christ to save him. In Luke 23, v39-43, we read:
the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, "So you're the Messiah, are you?
Prove it by saving yourself – and us, too, while you're at it!"
But the other criminal protested,
"Don't you fear God even when you are dying? We deserve to die for our
evil deeds, but this man hasn't done anything wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when
you come into your Kingdom".
And Jesus replied, "I
assure you, today you will be with me in paradise."
Belief: Dispel the myths: learn from Jesus' own words
Please don't be misled. Yes, Jesus loves every one of us - he cannot help
it. He even loved some of the tyrants of recent history, such as Hitler
and Stalin - but hated the sin that beset them. However, without faith and trust in Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
our destiny is that other place, known as hell, cut off eternally from God,
a place where there is a total absence of love. Sorry
if that comes across as rather hard, but it is the Word of God, as written in the Bible.
It's the default setting, unless...
In John 14:6, Jesus Christ himself said, "I am the
way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through
Not ,"I am one of the ways to the Father", but "I am
And in Matthew 7:13-14, again Jesus said, "You
can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell
is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. But
the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever
In Luke 13:22-24 we read: ' Jesus went through the
towns and villages, teaching as he went, always pressing on toward
Someone asked him, "Lord, will only a few be saved?"
He replied, "The
door to heaven is narrow. Work hard to get in, because many will try to
enter; but when the head of the house has locked the door, it will be too
late. Then you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Lord, open the
door for us!' But he will reply, 'I do not know you."
If you have a Bible, you can check these yourself. Your
translation may use different words, but the message is the same.
You know, some people say to me, "Oh, I believe there's a
God" or "I believe in Jesus"; but even the devil believes in Jesus
Christ - and trembles. With these people, you can tell there's something
missing. To come into the presence of the living God, we need certain
basics of belief in place:
Belief: place your faith and
trust in Jesus Christ.
Accept Jesus Christ
as your saviour.
Accept the resulting
Build a personal relationship
with Jesus Christ, who loves us beyond our imagination.
Start to grow the love of Jesus
Christ in our
I'm afraid that, without belief in these things, we cannot come into
the presence of the Living God. We cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Your belief in Jesus Christ is of utmost importance.
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