(John 3:16) 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.
To me this verse is the very definition of the Christian faith. Our Bible, The Old King James Bible, teaches us that from the front cover to the back cover, Jesus the Christ is the reason for this Book. It also shows us that the primary teaching of the Bible is that you “Believe.”
However, the problem is that word “Believeth.” It does matter what you believe, and folks how you believe it. Some will say “Oh, Jesus is or was a good man, a prophet, and was later made a god.”
Of course, in order to really understand, a person must first believe that our Bible is trustworthy, and believe it is without fault or error. The Bible is the focus and the central place God has put the revelation of His Son, Jesus. Our teaching (The King James Bible), is the Word of God. It is trustworthy, reliable, and without fault or error. This is not a negotiable topic.
Jesus tells us in the verse above that “whosoever believeth” is a means of stating I am not concerned about what you have been, nor am I concerned about what you are. Just accept God’s Son in belief, and everlasting life is given to you. Those who want to clean up their act and rid themselves of their sin and hypocritical ways are assuming an impossible task. God tells us in:
(Ephesians 2:8-9) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
This “faith” is the belief that Jesus will do as He said in
John 3:16. If you think this is not correct, I believe you do not believe your Bible. Jesus didn’t say, well, if you are really good, and you follow my precepts for a few days, then maybe I will give you “everlasting life.” He said I will give, regardless, if you will believe. We need to be sure of one more thing: not works, but your belief.
In (Hebrews 10:22) Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
You must be sincere in your belief. A “true” heart is a sincere heart, a heart filled with faith. Faith that you know with assurance (without doubt) that Jesus the Christ is God and that He is Your Saviour.
We are told in (Joel 2:32) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered:...
Peter quotes Joel in (Acts 2:21) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. As stated in both passages, “And it shall come to pass…” all because of faith, belief, and nothing more.
So, where do you stand, with Christ and His eternal life, or wondering where you will go when your time on this earth is complete. Paul tells us in:
(Romans 10:9) 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.
If you will believe, and confess in your heart, and to others, that you believe “…that God hath raised him [Jesus] from the dead...” if you will do these two things, God will do the rest. You then have everlasting life, as Jesus promised, and now you are saved from hell.
Where are you today?
Bro John R. E Chastain