Faith is so basic that Christians are simply called “believers” or “those who believed” (Acts 2:44; 4:32; 1 Thess. 1:7; 2 Thess. 1:10).
To be saved we must believe (Mark 16:16), but what must we believe? That is, what specific truths must we believe? The New Testament is not vague on this question but clearly reveals the precise content of our faith.
”And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
What else must we believe?
- That God sent Jesus (John 11:42; 16:27, 30; 17:8, 21).
- That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (John 20:31; see John 8:24).
- That Jesus is in the Father, and the Father in Him (John 14:10-11).
- That God raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 10:9-10).
- That Jesus will return, and the dead will be raised (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
We must believe Jesus.
If we believe He is who He claimed to be, isn’t it logical that we will believe everything He taught on any subject (John 5:46-47; 8:45-46; 10:24-38)?
Jesus specifically asked the grieving Martha a very personal question about her own faith: “. . . He who believes in Me will live, even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26). Martha readily affirmed that she did.
Like Martha, each of us must make our own personal response to Jesus’ soul-searching question: “Do you believe this?”
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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