Thursday, April 16, 2020
There’s a belief problem in the world today. The problem is not due to the lack of belief. The seriousness of the problem lies in the chosen objects of belief. In fact, according to the modern philosophy of belief, belief itself is a sufficient object in which to believe. We have authorized belief in belief.
Matt Carter, in the Christ-Centered Commentary series, states, “It doesn’t matter who you believe or what you believe. All that matters is THAT you believe.” We believe in belief.
A few years ago, on the Oprah show, one guest, an atheist, described the sense of wonder she experienced when she stood at the edge of the ocean. Oprah’s response is eye-opening. “Well, I don’t call you an atheist then…I think if you believe in the awe and the wonder and mystery, then that is what god is…It’s not a bearded guy in the sky.”
We are being taught to believe in belief. After all, belief saves, right? Does it really matter what we believe?
That’s the subject we will address this Sunday as we start our series on the Gospel of John. Every well-written book has a foundational thesis. The Apostle John gives us his thesis – his purpose for writing – in John 20:30-31.
“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
The ONLY way to find life – eternal life – is by believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
I hear so many people make this statement. “I believe in God.” But belief in God DOES NOT SAVE ANYONE FROM SIN. The Scripture says that even the demons believe in God, yet they tremble. They have no connection with eternal life.
ONLY belief in Jesus Christ as the perfect Son of God who sacrificed His life for our sin will save us. Jesus became sin for us and suffered the wrath of God against sin on our behalf, so that we could become the righteousness of God by belief in Jesus Christ.
NO OTHER BELIEF BRINGS LIFE.
What do you believe? It’s a question of eternal consequence. Believe on Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Believe on anything else, including belief itself, and you will be lost in eternal death.
Please consider your belief system today, and choose to believe on the Name of Jesus ONLY!