Acts 16
May 27, 2014
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May 28, 2014
Acts 16
May 27, 2014
Acts 17
May 28, 2014

John 3:15 – Believing in Him

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John 3:14-15
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Whoever believes” (NASB) is the key to these verses. In fact, believing is the key to the Christian faith. Believe is the verb form of the Greek word for faith. Everything in our life in Christ is through faith.

When you stop to think about it, believing is the only way to eternal life. We can’t physically do anything. We can’t sign a heavenly document making us a child of God. Nor can God sign one and give to us. The Old Covenant had laws, rituals, temple, and other accoutrements that helped them identify with their God. We try to do things like that today as well. We gather in the “house of God.” We have forms of worship and liturgies to make us feel like we are part of God’s Kingdom. We adhere to laws and church regulations much like the Old Testament to try to identify with God.

However, that isn’t God’s idea. He says whosoever believes. This is not for salvation alone. It’s for everything you need.

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (Mark 11:23-24)

Believe! God made it so everyone could do it. He didn’t charge for it. You can’t work for it. You can’t fight for it. Everyone is on an equal playing field. That’s why it is “whosoever.” Have faith in God. Jesus was lifted up on the cross. He finished His part of the deal. He completed everything He came to do. As we believe in the finished work of Jesus, we receive all that He did for us. Believe in Him—Jesus.