Jesus says - Show Me you believe....
What God says throughout His Word is that if you believe Him, you will show Him. Our Lord has never one time in Scripture said to any person, just tell me you believe. He has always said SHOW me you believe. Please consider the following:
Ever wonder why the believers described in the New Testament seemed to have believed so much more strongly then we typically do? I beg you to if you haven't. They truly believed it was a matter of eternal life and death and it is evident in the way they followed Him. Did they know everything immediately? Obviously not but they wanted to learn immediately, turning all their attention to the eternal matters of life, forsaking the temporal, the world and ALL that is in the world. This is the Gospel they received from Christ and it is NOT the same Gospel we typically hear.
The fact that we keep sinning after the new birth demonstrates our utter helplessness to obtain righteousness in this flesh and the necessity of God to legally redeem us to Himself. The LAW is God's LAW and God follows His own Laws so He had to redeem man in this way. The Just must sacrifice Himself for the unjust. Our FAITH is in HIS SACRIFICE FOR US.
HE inputes (covers) us in HIS Righteousness when we believe, but only if our belief is real. The only way to know that it is real is if our new heart becomes interested in following Jesus' Example in not only our words, actions and reactions but also in our outlook of this temporary, fake world system. Our belief will be demonstrated to both ourselves and those whom know us if we follow in our Lord's Footsteps.
It is wrongly assumed that the thief on the cross was saved simply by stating he believed. This event is the only seeming example of such in Scripture. But it only seems that way on the surface my friends. If you read the thief's words carefully you will see how he demonstrated his faith on our Lord by rebuking his colleague and by declaring his belief to the onlooking crowd. Jesus sees the hearts of people and knew that this man would have been baptized and would have left all to follow our Lord, growing in Grace, had he not been condemned to death by the Roman government. This thief confessed Jesus Christ before men. Just as baptism was designed to do. It is the first works after belief and marks the start of each believer's new life and new ministry spreading the news of His Gospel. Our Lord Jesus Himself was baptized at the start of His Ministry on earth "to fulfill all righteousness" just as we whom follow after are to do.
James 2: 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
The point I am making is this my friends, If Noah merely said he believed God but did not build the ark (demonstrating he believed) then he would have drowned like all the rest. The action came as a result of the faith in God's Words - not before it my friends.
If Lot merely said he believed God but failed to actually leave Sodom, he would have burned with the rest. The action came as a result of his faith in God's Words. Not before it.
If Paul had merely said to the Lord he believed Him on the Damascus Road but did not go into the city as commanded, he would be blind still and in hell right now. The Action came as a result of belief in God's Words to him. Not before it.
Jesus said repeatedly "how can you call me Lord, Lord and DO NOT the things that I say?"
This is what the great commission is all about dear friends. Real belief causes demonstration.
Because you now realize that He is your Lord, He then becomes your Savior. This order cannot be rearranged else it becomes a false gospel representing a false Christ. Make no mistake my friends, he will fulfill it in you. He is the Author and Finisher of your faith. How can anyone convince themselves that a person can believe Him as Savior before they believe Him to be Lord? Without the latter, how could He possess power for the former in the imagination?
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.
For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
This is not describing working for salvation my friends, this is describing saving faith. This is the only Gospel contained in God's Word. Dead faith saves no one. Is there even one instance of righteousness being imputed on a person in Scripture who merely said they believed but did not obey? Please study the faith hall of fame in Hebrews 11. In all instances their faith was demonstrated to God by action after they believed God. They obeyed God because they believed God. That is how God imputes His Righteousness on us.
This isn't from anyone's book, these are the only examples of salvation contained in Scripture from cover to cover.
Friends, none of this is new. They all knew it in the first centuries after our Lord. That is the difference between us and them.
"The people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me"- God
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