What does it really mean to believe in the Lord Jesus?

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Most of the mainstream churches teach to "just believe", or "accept Jesus as your personal savior", or "trust Jesus", etc...

But, what does that really mean?

What did the jailer do when they told him to believe?

The important thing to note here is that they didn't just "say a prayer", or just leave it at "believe" and nothing else. He listened to the truth, and obeyed the gospel by being baptized (it is assumed that he repented), and he rejoiced in the Lord, believing in God! This experience was a life changing one!

What does the Bible say comes with belief?

Is belief alone enough?

Heb 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. Believing to the saving of the soul means believing enough to do something with that belief and change for Christ's sake.

True faith and repentance will always cause a person to be obedient to the plan of God for salvation. Always.

So many people who love excuses will say, "You don't have to do anything...", but we see in the scriptures that we definitely have to do something or our salvation is not real.

Acts 26:20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

Works (the things we do for God) are because of salvation, not for salvation.

We can believe in a way that does not bring salvation! We can worship Jesus in vain!

But verses like John 3:16 show us that belief alone is all the matters, right?! - Just 20 verses later - (ASV) John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life; but he that obeyeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.

This is why it's so important to read the entire Bible and let it interpret itself! It's the only way to understand the whole truth.

Belief brings:

If we truly believe, it goes much, much deeper than a shallow belief with no commitment and no real change of life.

Can I believe in "some god" and be saved? No! There is no other name but Jesus, period! Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Can I research and think about it, considering that maybe God is real, and be saved? No! If you don't believe, you're calling God a liar! 1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

If I believe there's a god and I'm a "good person", I'll be saved, right? No! Only Jesus can make us "good". Mark 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

But if I believe in Jesus and believe what the Bible says, I can continue to lead the life I want and I'll be saved, right? No!

Jesus said: Matt 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. True belief means we will obey Jesus, which means leaving our old life and the things we desire of the world behind, and following Jesus in a new life.

Belief, and understanding God means we have a tremendous respect and fear of Him. It's not what the modern church teaches by twisting scriptures, and ignoring other scriptures. Eccl 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

A couple final thoughts:

Some additional information for in-depth study can be found on these pages:

What does it mean to live a Christian life?

What is the Truth?

What must I do to be saved?

Don't be misinformed!

What does it mean to Love God?