KEY SCRIPTURE: John 3:16 KJV” 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.”
In our earlier discussions of this verse, we have considered God’s love for all, and the fact that, He gave Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins. Now, we would look at the vital part that men have to play in this work of salvation. The earlier discussions have all been considering God’s special roles He played h to rescue men. For our part, the Lord says all those who believe in Him would not perish. To believe is to declare that God is faithful. In Rom 1:16, Apostle Paul says He is not ashamed of the gospel of our Lord Jesus, because it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes. Believing is receiving. Many wonder, wish and cry yet are bereft of the power of God that can save them from every evil.
Believing is of the heart or the Spirit. Romans 10:10 KJV” For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Believing is also not a mental act although your head must fully agree with what the heart accepts. Believing also involves throwing away every contrary reasoning that opposes the word of God.2 Corinth 10:5 calls it casting down imagination, and every high thing that exalts itself above the knowledge God.
Everyone who truly believes have what they believed for. In this study, what are we to believe about Jesus? We believe that Jesus is Lord. We also believe he died for our sins. Lastly, we believe that Jesus resurrected from the dead after the third day.1 Corinth 15:3,4. This is what the gospel of our Lord Jesus is about.
Salvation is an all-inclusive word. It involves forgiveness of sin, healing the sick, preservation, peace of mind, prosperity and every form of comfort that the Spirit provides. Whenever you believe the word concerning any of these things you receive the solution to that condition. This is real in everyone of the above blessings.
THOUGHT: BELIEVING IS RECEIVING
Rom 10:9 KJV “: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
1Corinth 15:3,4 KJV” For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”