The Simplicity of Saving Faith (Belief)

The Gospel (Good News) is wonderfully straightforward for those who wish to receive Jesus as Savior, and gain eternal life.

No religion can save you. Only Jesus can save. All religion is man’s attempt to break through to God. The message of the Cross is that God, through Jesus Christ, is breaking through to you. Religion is bondage. The cross of Christ is freedom.

Your relationship with Jesus Christ has two distinct facets: finding (believing) and following. This article will help you understand the first facet – what it means to find/believe in Jesus Christ for salvation. Remember that there is no way to follow Jesus unless you have first found Him.

Belief. This is something that happens literally in a moment of time. Spiritually speaking, at the moment you believe in and receive Jesus Christ, the new birth occurs inside you. Your spirit – the essence of who you are – is born again. Instantly, your spirit is restored in relationship to the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit. Although your heart, mind, soul, and physical body (flesh) are still controlled by your sinful nature, your spirit is alive again! You are now in the family of God, the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ covers you before a Holy God, and you are now saved for eternity! You know that you know that you know where you will spend eternity. You are guaranteed entrance into heaven, your eternal home.

Thankfully some theologians correctly understand the simplicity of saving faith (belief), i.e. what it takes for anyone to receive God’s greatest gift. One of these theologians and authors is Dr. Richard A. Seymour, the founder of Clarity Ministries International (clarityministries.org/gospel). He lays it out very clearly, and unlike many mainstream theologians, he takes no liberty to add other things not truly aligned with God’s own Word:

Have you received God’s gift of salvation? You can do it right now by trusting in the work of Jesus and believing that God will do what He promised: give you eternal life. There is no need for flowery language or religious fanfare, and you will likely not hear bells ring or angels sing — but if you have trusted Jesus for salvation you can be confident of your eternal destiny.” – The Gift of God, Richard Seymour, Integrity Press 2007

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Another respected theologian and author of the Ryrie Study Bible, Charles C. Ryrie, lays out the Gospel in a poetic form:

“God does it (John 1:13)
according to His Will (James 1:18)
through the Holy Spirit (John 3:5)
and the washing of regeneration (Titus 3:5)
when a person believes (John 1:12)
the Gospel revealed in the Word. (I Peter 1:23)”

– Taken from So Great Salvation, Moody Publishers, 1997, p. 128

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Finally, we’re closely aligned with Grace Evangelical Society (https://faithalone.org/beliefs/), which describes the Gospel message this way:

“The sole condition for receiving everlasting life is faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died a substitutionary death on the cross for man’s sin and rose bodily from the dead (John 3:16-18; 6:47; Acts 16:31).

“Faith is the conviction that something is true. To believe in Jesus (‘he who believes in Me has everlasting life’) is to be convinced that He guarantees everlasting life to all who simply believe in Him for it (John 4:14; 5:24; 6:47; 11:26; 1 Tim 1:16).

“… This saving transaction between God and the sinner is simply the giving and receiving of a free gift (Eph 2:8-9; John 4:10; Rev 22:17 ).”

Now here are a few verses in God’s Word regarding the simplicity of the Gospel:

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:16-17

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. I John 5:13

So, are you ready to move forward in your life, to Follow Jesus?

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