WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BELIEVE IN THE SON OF GOD?
Why should we believe in the Son of God? And, what exactly does it mean to believe in the Son of God?
Often we are misled into understanding that believing is an abstract notion or experience. And therefore we go only as far as giving it some form, if any, in words that are meant to describe what we feel or experience.
Christians call it confession of one’s faith (Rom 10:9), and CHURCHES ACTUALLY MISLEAD by teaching that everyone who confesses will be saved!!!!!! Refer Rom 10:13.
This is why the Son of God has forewarned, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in Heaven.” (Matt 7:21).
Because ‘BELIEVING in the Son of God’ means ‘TO BE LIVING in the Son of God’.
In practice it is a CONTINUAL process – meaning it continues till the very end. Therefore it is written, “…. he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Matt 10:22).
And, in nature, it is THE TOTAL RENEWAL OF ONESELF – which means to be able to one-by-one discard the old ways of the carnal man (or of the man of the flesh) and replace them by adopting the new ways of the Spirit (or of the One of the Spirit) as one grows in the knowledge of Him by the Word and the Spirit.
In other words, it means to LIVE in the manner perfectly and surpassingly exemplified by the Son of God Himself. Refer Jn 3:5, Jn 6:63, Matt 7:24-25 etc.
FAILING TO DO SO IS THE REASON ALMOST ALL END UP WITH THEIR FINAL CONDITION WORSE THAN THEIR FIRST. Of course it is difficult for such a one to admit it until too late!! (Matt 7:22-23, “……… Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!’”).
Because they drink of the deluding potion that blinds all who drink of it – the alluring concoction of COMPLACENCY with the luring mixture of CONSPIRACY (2 Thess 2:9-11).
However, the Son of God has testified – refer Matt 12:43-45 – and it will only stand in our good stead if we stop deceiving ourselves and humbly surrender to the Truth.
For the Truth – THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH CONCERNING IT is established since of old. For example, read Joel 2:12, “And everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance as the Lord has said, among the survivors WHOM THE LORD CALLS.”
This is why Peter reminds, 2 Pet 1:10, “Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure….”
Here is an apt saying:Hypocrites seek the approval of men, But it is the contrite who receive the favor of God. *************