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Believing is Reading and Reading is Obeying

“Thus I told you that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins.” Then Jesus said to those Judeans who had believed him, “If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples The one who belongs to God listens and responds to God’s words. You don’t listen and respond, because you don’t belong to God.” I tell you the solemn truth, if anyone obeys my teaching, he will never see death.”” John 8:24, 31, 47, 51 NET


Jesus, God in Man, continually teaches us that making peace with God is as easy as believing in Him, which we prove by the most challenging task of obeying Him. We believe that God has come and, in His coming, has paid for our sins on the cross, dying in our place as the obedient sacrificial Lamb of God for we who are disobedient to God. We believe His offering was acceptable by His resurrection from the dead and that this resurrection will be appropriated to us who believe. We then believe we will stand before God pardoned from our disobedience and accepted by God through Jesus’ appropriation of His righteousness to us. We prove our belief when we live in obedience to His word while we remain in this world, working for His kingdom to come and His will to be done until we die or He returns. The evidence of our belief is the practice of Jesus’ teachings on earth until everyone everywhere comes to know Him as Savior and obey Him as their Lord. We know His teachings because we study His Word. His Word is His gift to us, empowered by His Spirit to transform our lives by knowing the truth and living accordingly. If we do not consistently read and apply the Scriptures to our lives, then we have no reason to believe our belief in God is legitimate for saving us from our sins. Saving belief, or saving faith, is living the life of Jesus on earth. It is living like Jesus, Who obeyed every word from His Father’s mouth.

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