It is much easier to believe (in our own understanding) of something than to “believe in” something or someone. Because of our lack of understanding, and the lack of teaching/discipleship, many have no idea that “believing in Jesus Christ” is taking a step out of the earthly realm and moving into a spiritual realm. There is a great lack of teaching that believing in Jesus Christ is exchanging this life for the life of Christ.
The deceiver in this earthly realm has been able to deceive us so that we don’t even have an understanding of the words we use. First of all, we need to understand fully what “believe” means. This word is taken from a word which means to have faith in, upon, or with respect to; entrust, commit, to trust in, to have faith in. That means that if I entrust or commit myself to something, I am no longer the one who is in charge. I am no longer the commander of the ship! Someone else is in control of what will happen to me. A clearer example might be that when you or I get on an airplane, we trust in the pilot to know how to fly the plane and that he will get us to our destination safely. If we decide the flight is taking too long, we cannot go into the cockpit and take the flight controls, we have to trust that the pilot knows what he is doing.
The key word in the above passage is “in”; “that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” It is rather easy to say we believe Jesus is the Son of God, but to believe in Him to handle the direction of our lives is something else, it is the testimony of our faith. Jesus is the pilot and we are to put our trust in Him to get us to our destination. After all, we don’t even know what our destination is, so how are we going to get there without Him leading us?
The Scriptures are the very breath of God. It is a testimony of who He is and His love for us. He tells us in His Word that He is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. I’ve heard many say that the miracles, or the gifts of the Spirit, or the five fold ministry is not for today. That would mean that God is not the same, He has changed. If that is where you are today, I would like to encourage you to further study His word and allow Him to open the eyes of your heart. We cannot choose what we are going to believe in Scripture, it’s all or nothing! All scripture is God breathed! “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Believing in Christ and trusting in Him cannot be separated. It is a daily walk of faith that develops our testimony. Just as a baby has to develop the muscles to learn to crawl and walk, so must we. At first a baby is afraid to take that first step because they have never done it before, but they know it is possible because everyone around them is walking. It is the same with us, we have read the testimonies in the scriptures and have the knowledge of God’s faithfulness, so the next step is to experience that faithfulness in our own lives. And the only way we can do that, of course, is by stepping out in faith.
I pray that the Spirit is drawing you into the spiritual realm for revelation unspeakable as we understand the miracle of Christ’s birth and our rebirth! All of this would be more than enough, but there is an even greater reason that God is so adamant that we know and understand His Word. It is found in this passage: “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” (1 John 5:4)
God has laid this Word on my heart so that we are assured of our salvation and our calling. Whether or not He returns soon, each day is critical in carrying out His plan! As I studied this verse, this word of assurance was even stronger on my heart. What does overcoming the world really mean? That’s a pretty big picture, and while it may sound great to quote to someone going through struggles, it can also cause a lot of confusion and questions.
We are admonished several times in the Scriptures to make sure of our calling. Is there evidence that you are regenerated, that you have a new life and a new spirit in Christ? That is what is meant when scripture talks about being born of God. Is there evidence that Christ lives in you and you in Him?
When we think of overcoming the world we need to recognize who is the ruler of the world presently. Adam and Eve gave up the deed of ownership in the Garden of Eden. The Apostle Paul gives graphic detail so as to not have any misunderstanding:
Now what are the things of this world that we have overcome? Worthless cares, evil and immoral actions both physically and spiritually, temptations and irregular desires that are not of God, to name a few. When we are “in Christ” we are looking to Him before we can even begin to carry a burden or make a move that is not ours to take. This is already done! The Apostle Paul explains it to us: “and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;” (Colossians 2:10). That makes me want to shout and dance! And then fall on my face in worship! He is so great and wonderful!
Father God, I love You. Your ways are so much higher than my ways! Forgive me for taking things into my own hands and not trusting You! Thank You that You already have the road mapped out for me, all I need to do is put all my cares upon Jesus and allow Him to lead me! As I think on that, I realize that nothing can touch me that hasn’t touched Jesus because He is before me. And I know that He will protect me and that if it is a difficult way, He will be there to walk with me and teach me what I need to learn to continue the journey with Him. Oh Lord, how I look forward to that day when I walk that glorious shore with You! I love You more each day. Amen!