To believe or not to believe? That is the question. Is a person born of God through believing on Christ or through some other means? I have compiled a list of scripture passages that I believe answer this question (Please see 47 PASSAGES ON BELIEF).
"What must I do to be saved?" asked the jailer to the Apostle Paul and Silas, his companion in the gospel. And they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house (Acts 16.31). There is a difference between believe on and believe in, though. Christ uses both in the gospel according to John (See BELIEVE on www.preach-the-gospel.org.). In this case they told the jailer believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, which infers an immediacy. The instant a person believes on Christ they are born of God (1 Cor 4.15 & 1 Jn 5.1).
"Verily, verily, I say to you, He that believes on me has everlasting life (Also see Jn 3.36)." After believing on Christ we start our walk with our Father in heaven. His goodness lead us to repentance as we follow Him and obey his commands. This is believing in Christ. According to the scriptures we are saved by believing on Christ and in Christ. We do this by grace (Eph 2.8-9), which is Christ in us and through us to the lost world.
The work began in us the instant we believed on Christ after somebody told us the good news (Phil 1.6 & 1 Cor 4.15) and then continues through us by preaching the gospel to others, which is - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.1-4)." It doesn't take a doctorate in theology to preach the gospel, just a willingingness to ask another if they have heard the good news, "Did you hear the good news?" and reply with the gospel.
The church is not teaching us what the gospel is or how to preach it so we must take it into our own hands to do so. We have to start at ground-zero because a little leaven has leavened the whole lump (Mt 16.6 & 12 & Gal 5.9) (See PLAN OF SALVATION on www.preach-the-gospel.org).
We restore the gospel to it's rightful place, on our lips, in person (Eph .19-20 and Col 4.3-4), by preaching it and teaching one or two others to preach it (See TWO OR THREE on www.preach-the-gospel.org.). In so doing we turn the world right-side up and speed the return of Christ to take us to be with him forever (Mt 24.14 & 30-31 and 1 Thes 4.13-18).
There is no defense against the gospel when we preach it to another in person with our mouth. They must either believe or not believe. The majority believe, not because of our goodness, but because of the power of the gospel (Rom 1.16) and are born of God (Mk 16.15 & 1 Cor 1.21 & 4.15).
Since there is no happy throng at the moment let's get one started by telling others the good news and teaching one or two that believe to tell it (and to teach one or two). If we don't tell (preach it) how shall they believe (Rom 10.14 & 1 Cor 1.21). To believe or not to believe. That is the question!
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