We live in America. And America is a Christian nation, right? So, since I am an American, and since I believe in God…… I’m good…. right?
Many operate on this notion that “I believe in God” so I must be a Christian.
The Bible does say that to be saved one must: repent and believe. But, the Bible also tells us that even the demons believe. Are demons saved? Of course not! So, how do we square: I believe in Jesus, BUT SO DO THE DEMONS!?!
Glad you asked!
Believing in Jesus is MORE THAN knowing some facts about Jesus. Maybe you grew up in a church and you went to Sunday school as a kid. Maybe you learned some things about the Bible and you know a bit about Abraham, Noah, David, and of course….. Jesus.
However, you have not thought about Him much since those days. You believe He is real. You probably know John 3:16, and you even like that verse.
Believing in Jesus is more than knowing some facts about Jesus
Coming later his week: Believing in Jesus even affects __________.
“So what is missing is not believing in the fact that Jesus is the Son of God but delighting in that fact, embracing that fact, and making Christ the treasure and Lord of your life by surrendering to Him”. John Piper
Remember the gospel? Read: What the gospel is: here. IMPORTANT: You can “know” facts about the gospel — true facts! You can “know” gospel content. But… believing in Jesus is more than knowing Jesus facts or bible trivia!!!
Let’s think of it like this:
I believe in food! I really do – and I bet you do too. What is your favorite food? Got it? I bet you celebrate that food, prepare it just right, or go to that favorite place that cooks it ….. to perfection. For me, a really rare, but great treat is…. Ruth’s Chris Steak House! Oh my! I can hear my steak sizzling on the plate, still cooking as the waiter places it on the table in front of me. Are you with me? Let’s eat!!
Now, Imagine, if I said….I believe in Ruth’s Chris’ steak…. but I have never eaten there!! Nor do I know what they serve, or if it’s any good at all. What if I only had some knowledge about the place because I visited their website and read some reviews? It sounds good, but I can’t say I believe in Ruth’s Chris’ ability to cook a steak. “I believe!!” NO! You would tell me: You can’t believe in Ruth’s Chris if you haven’t ever tasted it, experienced it, put it your my mouth and bam….. said…. “ohhhhhh that is soooo good!” I can tell you, “I believe in Ruth’s Chris steak because I have tasted it and I look forward to tasting it again!”
Many today want to say, “I believe in Jesus” because they know enough to know they need to believe in order to be saved.” But when the Bible says “believe”, it carries more than a head knowledge meaning. To believe is to “taste it” – Psalms 34. It is not only “knowing” some gospel facts. Rather, it is to be so consumed with the joy of what those facts mean, that you have to have Jesus. Like I have to have that steak…. and much more! Believing in Him actually drives you to pursue Him and live your life for Him! Believing means:
This is what it means to believe in Jesus.
Knowing facts ABOUT Jesus is NOT believing in Jesus. So, ask yourself….. do I believe in Jesus?
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