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Believe

By Steven Merten

©Copyright 1990
All biblical quotes are from the New American Bible.
All bolding, color and underlining of scriptural quotes have been added.
Jesus' words are in red. Bible Abbreviations

NAB JOH 3:15-16

...that all who believe may have eternal life in him. Yes, God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him may not die but may have eternal life.

NAB ACT 16:30

Men, what must I do to be saved? Their answer was, Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, and all your household.

NAB MAR 16:15

Then he told them: Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all creation. The man who believes in it and accepts baptism will be saved; the man who refuses to believe in it will be condemned.

NAB JOH 6:40

Indeed, this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life. Him I will raise up on the last day.

NAB JOH 6:47

Let me firmly assure you, he who believes has eternal life.

NAB JOH 11:25

I am the resurrection and the life: whoever believes in me, though he should die, will come to life; and whoever is alive and believes in me will never die.

MAT 18:6 *MAR 9:23 MAR 9:42 LUK 1:45 LUK 8:12 LUK 8:13
JOH 1:12 JOH 3:16 JOH 3:18 *JOH 5:24 JOH 6:35 JOH 6:64
JOH 7:39 JOH 8:31 JOH 9:36 JOH 11:26 JOH 11:27 JOH 12:38
JOH 12:44 JOH 12:46 JOH 14:11 JOH 17:20 JOH 19:35 JOH 20:8
JOH 20:29
(* Indicates INT only.)

What does Jesus mean when he tells us that those who believe in him will receive eternal life? Well first we must ask, what does Jesus mean when he tells us that those who believe and have faith in John the Baptist are entering into the kingdom of God?

NAB MAT 21:31

Jesus said to them, "I assure you that tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you. When John came preaching a way of holiness, you put no faith in him; but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did believe in him. Yet even when you saw that, you did not repent and believe in him. "

God's term ‘believe’, that Jesus uses, is many times misunderstood by people. To understand that you must believe in Jesus Christ and then develop your own definition of the term believe is wrong. We do not go out and make our own definitions of the Father's terminology. We must go into the bible and seek out the definition the Father has given to the term believe.

NAB PSA 106:6

We have sinned, we and our fathers; we have committed crimes; we have done wrong. Our fathers in Egypt considered not your wonders; They remembered not your abundant kindness, but rebelled against the Most High at the Red Sea. Yet he saved them for his name's sake, to make known his power. He rebuked the Red Sea, and it was dried up, and he led them through the deep as through a desert. He saved them from hostile hands and freed them from the hands of the enemy. The waters covered their foes; not one of them was left. Then they believed his words and sang his praises. But soon they forgot his works; they waited not for his counsel. They gave way to craving in the desert and tempted God in the wilderness. He gave them what they asked but sent a wasting disease against them. They envied Moses in the camp, and Aaron, the holy one of the LORD. The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the faction of Abiram. Fire broke out against their faction; a flame consumed the wicked. They made a calf in Horeb and adored a molten image; They exchanged their glory for the image of a grass-eating bullock. They forgot the God who had saved them, who had done great deeds in Egypt, Wondrous deeds in the land of Ham, terrible things at the Red Sea. Then he spoke of exterminating them, but Moses, his chosen one, Withstood him in the breach to turn back his destructive wrath. Yet they despised the desirable land; they believed not his word. They murmured in their tents, and obeyed not the voice of the LORD.

NAB HEB 4:1

Therefore, while the promise of entrance into his rest still holds, we ought to be fearful of disobeying lest any one of you be judged to have lost his chance of entering. We have indeed heard the good news, as they did. But the word which they heard did not profit them, for they did not receive it in faith. It is we who have believed who enter into that rest, just as God said: "Thus I swore in my anger, 'They shall never enter into my rest.'" Yet God's work was finished when he created the world, for in reference to the seventh day Scripture somewhere says, "And God rested from all his work on the seventh day"; and again, in the place we have referred to, God says, "They shall never enter into my rest." Therefore, since it remains for some to enter, and those to whom it was first announced did not because of unbelief, God once more set a day, "today," when long afterward he spoke through David the words we have quoted:
"Today, if you should hear his voice, harden not your hearts."
Now if Joshua had led them into the place of rest, God would not have spoken afterward of another day. Therefore a Sabbath rest still remains for the people of God. And he who enters into God's rest from his own work as God did from his. Let us strive to enter into that rest, so that no one may fall, in imitation of the example of Israel's unbelief.

NAB JUD 1:5

I wish to remind you of certain things, even though you may already be very well aware of them. The Lord first rescued his people from the land of Egypt but later destroyed those who refused to believe. There were angels, too, who did not keep to their own domain, who deserted their dwelling place. These the Lord has kept in perpetual bondage, shrouded in murky darkness against the judgment of the great day.

NAB WIS 12:2

Therefore you rebuke offenders little by little, warn them, and remind them of the sins they are committing, that they may abandon their wickedness and believe in you, O LORD!

NAB JOH 3:36

Whoever believes in the Son has life eternal. Whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure the wrath of God.

NAB LUK 8:13

Those on the rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. They have no root; they believe for a while, but fall away in time of temptation. (MAT 13:20)

INT PSA 78:32

In spite of all this, they kept on sinning; in spite of his wonders, they did not believe.

NAB NUM 14:11

And the LORD said to Moses, "How long will this people spurn me? How long will they refuse to believe in me, despite all the signs I have performed among them? I will strike them with pestilence and wipe them out. Then I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they."

NAB JOH 11:11

After uttering these words, he added, Our beloved Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to wake him. At this the disciples objected, Lord, if he is asleep his life will be saved. Jesus had been speaking about his death, but they thought he meant sleep in the sense of slumber. Finally Jesus said plainly: Lazarus is dead. For your sakes I am glad I was not there, that you may come to believe.

NAB JOH 3:1

The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: "Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you." So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the LORD's bidding. Now Nineveh was an enormously large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began his journey through the city and had gone but a single day's walk announcing, "Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed," when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth.
When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in the ashes. Then he had this proclaimed throughout Nineveh, by decree of the king and his nobles: "Neither man nor beast, neither cattle nor sheep, shall taste anything; they shall not eat, not shall they drink water. Man and beast shall be covered with sackcloth and call loudly to God; every man shall turn from his evil way and from the violence he has in hand. Who knows, God may relent and forgive, and withhold his blazing wrath, so that we shall not perish." When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out.

NAB MAR 1:15

Reform your lives and believe in the gospel!

NAB LUK 9:35

Then from the cloud came a voice which said, "This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him."

NAB 1TH 4:3

It is God's will that you grow in holiness: that you abstain from immorality, each of you guarding his member in sanctity and honor, not in passionate desire as do the Gentiles who know not God; and that each refrain from overreaching or cheating his brother in the matter at hand; for the Lord is an avenger of all such things, as we once indicated to you by our testimony. God has not called us to immorality but to holiness, hence, whoever rejects these instructions rejects not man, but God who sends his Holy Spirit upon you.

NAB JOH 3:36

Whoever believes in the Son has life eternal.

NAB ACTS 3:22

For Moses said: The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own kinsmen: you shall listen to him in everything he says to you. Anyone who does not listen to that prophet shall be ruthlessly cut off from his people.

NAB MAR 16:15

Then he told them: Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all creation. The man who believes in it and accepts baptism will be saved; the man who refuses to believe in it will be condemned.

NAB 1TI 1:13

I was once a blasphemer, a persecutor, a man filled with arrogance; but because I did not know what I was doing in my unbelief, I have been treated mercifully.
(Lot's wife sinned and disbelieved God's command not to look back at the destruction of Sodom.)

NAB WIS 10:6

She delivered the just man from among the wicked who were being destroyed, when he fled as fire descended upon Pentapolis Where as a testimony to its wickedness, there yet remain a smoking desert, Plants bearing fruit that never ripens, and the tomb of a disbelieving soul, and standing pillar of salt.

NAB JOH 6:47

"Let me firmly assure you, he who believes has eternal life."

INT JER 29:31

"Send this message to all the exiles: 'This is what the LORD says about Shemaiah the Nehelamite: Because Shemaiah has prophesied to you, even though I did not send him, and has led you to believe a lie, . . . . '"

INT ISA 53:1

Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

NAB MAR 16:14

Finally, as they were at table, Jesus was revealed to the Eleven. He took them to task for their disbelief and their stubbornness, since they had put no faith in those who had seen him after he had been raised.

INT PSA 119:66

Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I believe in your commands.

NAB EXO 4:1 Confirmation of Moses Mission.

" But," objected Moses, "suppose they will not believe me, nor listen to my plea? For they may say, 'The LORD did not appear to you.'" The LORD therefore asked him, "What is that in your hand?" " A staff," he answered. The LORD then said, "Throw it on the ground." When he threw it on the ground it was changed into a serpent, and Moses shied away from it. "Now, put out your hand," the LORD said to him, "and take hold of its tail." So he put out his hand and laid hold of it, and it became a staff in his hand. "This will take place so that they may believe," he continued, "that the LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, did appear to you."
Again the LORD said to him, "Put your hand in your bosom." He put it in his bosom, and when he with-drew it, to his surprise his hand was leprous, like snow. The LORD then said, "Now, put your hand back in your bosom." Moses put his hand back in his bosom, and when he withdrew it, to his surprise it was again like the rest of his body. "If they will not believe you, nor heed the message of the first sign, they should believe the message of the second, And if they will not believe even these two signs, nor heed your plea, take some water from the river and pour it on the dry land. The water you take from the river will become blood on the dry land."

NAB EXO 14:31 NAB JOH 2:11

NAB EXO 4:29

Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the Israelites. Aaron told them everything the LORD had said to Moses, and he performed the signs before the people. The people believed. and when they heard that the LORD was concerned about them and had seen their affliction they bowed down in worship.

NAB JOH 5:37 Witnesses to Jesus.

"Moreover, the Father who sent me has himself given testimony on my behalf. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, neither do you have his word abiding in your hearts because you do not believe the One he has sent. Search the Scriptures in which you think you have eternal life they also testify on my behalf. Yet you are unwilling to come to me to possess that life. It is not that I accept human praise it is simply that I know you, and you do not have the love of God in your hearts. I have come in my Father's name, yet you do not accept me. But let someone come in his own name and him you will accept. How can people like you believe, when you accept praise from one another yet do not seek the glory that comes from the One [God]?"
Jonah was sent to the Ninevites with the word of God. The Ninevites believed God s word by obeying God's word. God worked miracles through Moses and Jesus so people would believe in them as God's prophets and then heed the message they spoke. Those who believe in the Good News and accept baptism will be saved. Obey the commandments of love and you will receive Christ's salvation. This is the Good News that Jesus spread.

How do we believe in Christ, God's living word? One must live as Jesus words teach in order to be a believer. God's commandments given to us by Jesus and Moses are the commandments of eternal life. Jesus tells us it is not him but the commandments, God s word, that will condemn those who do not believe. It is those who disobey Jesus commands who do not believe. Jesus saves only those who believe him by obeying his commandments.

NAB JOH 12:44

Jesus proclaimed aloud: "Whoever puts faith in me believes not so much in me as in him who sent me; and whoever looks on me is seeing him who sent me. I have come to the world as its light, to keep anyone who believes in me from remaining in the dark. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I am not the one to condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save it. Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words already has his judge, namely, the word I have spoken it is that which will condemn him on the last day. For I have not spoken on my own; no, the Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to speak. Since I know that his commandment means eternal life, whatever I say is spoken just as he instructed me."
(The above John 12:44 is repeated in John 3:14.)

NAB JOH 3:14

Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that all who believe may have eternal life in him. Yes, God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him may not die but may have eternal life. God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him avoids condemnation, but whoever does not believe is already condemned for not believing in the name of God's only Son. The judgment of condemnation is this: the light came into the world, but men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were wicked. Everyone who practices evil hates the light; he does not come near it for fear his deeds will be exposed. But he who acts in truth comes into the light, to make clear that his deeds are done in God.

NAB WIS 16:26

That your sons whom you loved might learn, O LORD, that it is not the various kinds of fruits that nourish man, but it is your word that preserves those who believe you!

NAB JOH 8:31

"If you live according to my teaching, you are truly my disciples; then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Even Satan believes that Christ lived. Yet Satan never lived as Christ taught. It is a man's good deeds from the heart, according to the commandments, that make him a believer.

NAB JAM 2:14

My brothers, what good is it to profess faith without practicing it? Such faith has no power to save one, has it? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and no food for the day, and you say to them, "Good-bye and good luck! Keep warm and well fed," but do not meet their bodily needs, what good is that? so it is with the faith that does nothing in practice. It is thoroughly lifeless.
To such a person one might say, You have faith and I have works is that it? Show me your faith without works, and I will show you the faith that underlies my works! Do you believe that God is one? you are quite right. The demons believe that, and shudder.

NAB LUK 4:33

(Demons believe Jesus is Lord.)
In the synagogue there was a man with an unclean spirit, who shrieked in a loud voice: Leave us alone! What do you want of us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God. (LUK 4:41)

NAB MAT 8:28

As he approached the Gadarene boundary, he encountered two men coming out of the tombs. They were possessed by demons and were so savage that no one could travel along that road. With a sudden shriek they cried: Why meddle with us, Son of God? (LUK 8:25)
People believe in God by putting into action what He tells them to do. People believe in Jesus by putting into practice what he teaches them. The Pharisees had to act upon Jesus teaching to be believers in JESUS IS LORD. Simply recognizing Jesus as the Messiah and Lord has nothing to do with falling under the category of being a believer. Christ asks, that if you do not act as he has commanded, why do you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe him to be Lord?

NAB MAT 7:21

"None of those who cry out, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of God but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. When that day comes, many will plead with me, 'Lord, Lord,' have we not prophesied in your name? have we not exorcized demons by its power? Did we not do many miracles in your name as well? Then I will declare to them solemnly, I never knew you. Out of my sight, you evildoers!"
"Anyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like the wise man who built his house on rock. When the rainy season set in, the torrents came and the winds blew and buffeted his house, It did not collapse; it had been solidly set on rock. Anyone who hears my words but does not put them into practice is like the foolish man who built his house on sandy ground. The rains fell, the torrents came, the winds blew and lashed against his house. It collapsed under all this and was completely ruined."
It is your abundant good deeds from the heart which proclaim Jesus is Lord and not lip service

NAB LUK 6:43

"A good tree does not produce decayed fruit any more than a decayed tree produces good fruit. Each tree is known by its yield. Figs are not taken from thornbushes, nor grapes picked from brambles. A good man produces goodness from the good in his heart; an evil man produces evil out of his store of evil. Each man speaks from his heart's abundance. Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord' and not put into practice what I teach you?"

NAB JER 7:4

Put not your trust in the deceitful words: "This is the temple of the LORD! The temple of the LORD! The temple of the LORD!" Only if you thoroughly reform your ways and your deeds; if each of you deals justly with his neighbor; if you no longer oppress the resident alien, the orphan, and the widow; if you no longer shed innocent blood in this place or follow strange gods to your own harm, will I remain with you in this place, in the land which I gave your fathers long ago and forever. But here you are, putting your trust in deceitful words to your own loss!

NAB 1JO 2:3

The way we can be sure of our knowledge of him is to keep his commandments, The man who claims, "I have known him," without keeping his commandments, is a liar, in such a one there is no truth.

INT EZE 33:31

My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.

NAB GAL 6:7

Make no mistake about it, no one makes a fool of God! A man will reap only what he sows. If he sows in the field of the flesh, he will reap a harvest of corruption; but if his seed-ground is the spirit, he will reap everlasting life. Let us not grow weary of doing good; if we do not relax our efforts, in due time we shall reap our harvest. While we have the opportunity, let us do good to all men but especially those of the household of the faith.
Peter tells Jesus that, beyond a doubt, he believes Jesus is the Messiah and the Son of God. Peter accepts Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and at the same time Jesus tells Peter he has little faith due to Peter's doubt in actions, works and disobedience. Peter disobeys and mistrusts Jesus in his actions while trying to walk on water. Peter has plenty of believing in his words but Jesus looks at his deeds, works and actions when he tells him he has little faith and little belief.

NAB MAT 14:31

(Jesus tells Peter of his little faith.)
Jesus at once stretched out his hand and caught him. "How little faith you have!" he exclaimed. "Why did you falter?" Once they had climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Those who were in the boat showed him reverence, declaring, "Beyond doubt you are the Son of God!"

NAB JOH 6:66

From this time on, many of his disciples broke away and would not remain in his company any longer. Jesus then said to the Twelve, "Do you want to leave me too?" Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe; we are convinced that you are God's holy one."

Jesus replied, "Did I not choose the Twelve of you myself? Yet one of you is a devil."

NAB MAT 16:16

"You are the Messiah," Simon Peter answered, "the Son of the living God!"

NAB MAT 26:33

Peter responded, "Though all may have their faith in you shaken, mine will never be shaken!"

NAB JOH 13:37

"Lord," Peter said to him, "why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you!"
St. Peter was baptized. St. Peter immediately left his worldly job to follow Jesus when Christ asked him to come fish for men. St. Peter had God's Spirit of authority over unclean spirits within him.

NAB MAR 6:7

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two, giving them authority over unclean spirits.
Satan says all right, let us look at this great faith Peter is proclaiming. Let us look into Peter's heart and see if he truly does have faith and believe in Jesus. Guess how Satan finds out if Peter believes in Jesus? Obedience to Jesus will and commandments is how Satan tests Peter's belief in Jesus. Peter can still choose to break faith and follow Satan to hell. It is through Peter's choices to Christ's commands to take up a cross (MAT 16:24), that Peter's belief is shaken and almost lost. It is through obedience to Jesus message to obey God's will that Peter and men are believers or non-believers.

NAB LUK 22:31 Peter's Denials Foretold

"Simon, Simon! Remember that Satan has asked for you, to sift you all like wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith may never fail. You in turn must strengthen your brothers." "Lord," he said to him, "at your side I am prepared to face imprisonment and death itself." Jesus replied, "I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow today until you have three times denied that you know me."

NAB JOH 13:37

"Lord," Peter said to him, "why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you!" "You will lay down your life for me, will you?" Jesus answered. "I tell you truly, the cock will not crow before you have three times disowned me!"

NAB JOH 16:30

"We do indeed believe you came from God." Jesus answered them:
"Do you really believe?"
An hour is coming - has indeed already come - when you will be scattered and each will go his way, leaving me quite alone."

NAB JOH 6:69

"We have come to believe; we are convinced that you are God's holy one."
Jesus replied, "Did I not choose the Twelve of you myself? Yet one of you is a devil." (He was talking about Judas, son of Simon, the Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was going to hand Jesus over.)
St. Peter believes Jesus is Lord, St. Peter accepts Jesus as his Messiah, yet Peter many times lacks belief in Jesus through his actions. Peter many times is tempted into the unbelieving of Jesus through sin to death and hell. Peter denies he even knows Christ and disobeys Jesus, along with the rest of the nonbelievers. Peter has accepted, professed and believes in Christ as his personal savior. Yet with actions Peter fails to believe Jesus is Lord. With words you can accept Christ as your savior as many times as you want. But when it comes to belief, faith and eternal resurrection only those of free will who choose to love and obey what Christ commanded them will resurrect into eternal life. It is not the words, vows or proclamations of man that God looks at to find believers. God looks at the heart, and through Peter's action and deeds he finds Peter's lack of belief and lack of faith in Jesus.

INT 1JO 3:18

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

NAB MAT 15:8

This people pays me lip service but their heart is far from me.
Jesus reprimanded the Pharisees for proclaiming faith and belief, but acting faithless and without belief by committing sin. Jesus compares the tax collectors and prostitutes to the Pharisees in his parable of the Two Sons.

NAB MAT 21:28 Parable of the Two Sons.

"What do you think of this case? There was a man who had two sons. He approached the elder and said, 'Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.' The son replied, 'I am on my way, sir' ; but he never went. Then the man came to his second son and said the same thing. This son said in reply, 'No, I will not'; but afterward he regretted it and went. Which of the two did what the father wanted?" They said, "The second." Jesus said to them, "I assure you that tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you. When John came preaching a way of holiness, you put no faith in him; but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did believe in him. Yet even when you saw that, you did not repent and believe in him."
The Pharisees are God's son who say, "I am on my way, sir." Even though the Pharisees have proclaimed that they have faith, belief and obedience to God, they choose to disobey His commandments and will. The prostitutes and tax collectors are God's son who say, "No, I will not." to the Father. The tax collectors and prostitutes disobey God's commandments and wills, thus lacking faith and belief in God. Then the tax collectors and prostitutes regret being faithless, unbelieving and disobedient and go off to obey the Father's will after all. Jesus asks the "faithful, believing, obedient" Pharisees, "Who is better, the one who proclaims belief and faith in God and then goes out and does evil or the one who proclaims faithlessness and then goes out and does good?" In the parable of the Two Sons, Jesus refers to the prostitutes and tax collectors who convert and choose to do the will of the Father as those who believe in and have faith in God and John the Baptist. Jesus tells the Pharisees that their proclamations of belief and faith in God are worthless when they do not do acts, deeds and works according to God's commandments and wills.

Jesus refuses to verbally make a "noble profession" to Pilate that JESUS IS LORD, Jesus is King or Jesus is Salvation (MAT 27:11) (MAR 15:2)(LUK 23:3) (JOH 18:33). Through his integrity, piety, love of obedience, fight of faith and steadfastness to the command of God, Jesus, in his mutilation on the cross, gives witness and makes his great noble profession of faith before Pontius Pilate.

NAB 1TI 6:11

Instead, seek after integrity, piety, faith, love, steadfastness, and a gentle spirit. Fight the good fight of faith. Take firm hold on the everlasting life to which you were called when, in the presence of many witnesses, you make your noble profession of faith. Before God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who in bearing witness made his noble profession before Pontius Pilate, I charge you to keep God's command without blame or reproach until our Lord Jesus Christ shall appear.

NAB REV 12:17

Enraged at her escape, the dragon went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep God's commandments and give witness to Jesus.

NAB TIT 1:16

They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny that he exists.
Many hell-goers will have known that JESUS IS LORD. It is those who live the belief Jesus is Lord by following his commandments while under the trial of free-will who are believers. It is the man who follows the commandments, therefore loving God with all his heart, who has believed Moses, Jonah, John and Jesus' message. Saying Jesus is Lord and then not obeying the commandments is disbelief in Jesus. Like Moses, Isaiah or King David, obeying the commandments with all your heart even while not knowing who the Messiah is, is believing in Jesus. It is the man who lives Christ is our Savior who will become spiritually begotten of God upon his death and resurrection. Believe in Jesus by following his message, which are the commandments, and you will never die.

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