John 3:14-17, I began to consider what (v 18) had to say to us.
Then I remembered the question:
Now that the stage is set, what is meant by “Believeth” or “Believest?” What constitutes the foundation of these words that Jesus has given us? We do know that Faith has a part, and within these parameters is Knowledge.
Consequently, we can see that “faith” is gained by “hearing” the “word of God.” This “hearing” allow us to gain Knowledge. From Knowledge comes “believeth.” This Belief is gained through Faith by conviction, and by “hearing…the word of God.”
If we count the “believest” in these verses (including v 18), we find Jesus the Christ used this word four times. Believing Jesus is a must, (John 3:7) “…Ye must be born again.” As Jesus was explaining to Nicodemus, it is Belief through Faith in God.
Reader: where do you stand within your salvation? When you accepted Jesus, was it solely “fear” of going to Hell, or was it Belief with Faith and Knowledge that convicted you to accept Jesus?
John 3:18 lays it on the line. There is only one-way (regardless of what Oprah says).
If your Faith is solely a fear of Hell, and is not based on the “word of God,” (v 18) clearly states you are “condemned already.” Reader: believe God has raised Him, (Jesus) from the grave, confess in your heart belief, and confess publically you believe. Then, and only then, will God save your soul.
Reader: once you have accepted Jesus the Christ, get under the Word of God. Go to a Church that believes that The King James Bible is the Word of God. Get under that teaching, grow in Faith, and kindle a fire within your heart to love and serve the One who is the “Amazing Grace.” “Believest thou this?”
Bro. John R. E Chastain