There are many people
today who claim they have a relationship with Jesus Christ and are basking in
what they perceive to be their salvation security. They feel they are secure in
knowing their eternal salvation is in Heaven just by saying Jesus Christ is the
Son of God,but
if you press them they may actually confess something else, something very
disturbing. Listen carefully and you might just hear them say “I don’t actually
believe Jesus Christ is God”. Are they really saved if they don’t believe Jesus
is God? “For God so loved the world, that he
gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.” John
3:16. Does that verse actually say we must believe Jesus is the Son
of God or does it say we must believe in Him? The Greek word for believe is “pisteuō”
The following are all of the words my
concordance gives as the English equivalent to this Greek word:
commit unto, commit to (one's)
be committed unto,
be put in trust with.
When anyone says yes to
Jesus Christ, they’re saying, “yes this sinner believes”.
They’re saying, “Lord Jesus, I believe you paid the price
for my sins, that you died for me on that cross, and that you were buried, but
rose from the grave after three days just as the scriptures state. I believe who
you are and what you did for me, and I’m sorry you had to die that horrible
death to save your creation”. Surely this should be the response to the
calling of the Holy Spirit as another sinner becomes truly born again.
“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but
he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the
of the only begotten Son of God.”
John 3:18. What’s in a name?
unequivocally that he who does not believe is condemned already. Why? Because he
has not believed in the name of
the only begotten Son of God. We believe He is the Son of God,that’s
a complete understanding comes only after we confess that we believe He died on
the cross for us and rose again on the third day.
“But these are written, that ye might believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the
God; and that
believing ye might have life through his name.”
John 20:31. Through His name we might
“For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his
name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting
Father, The Prince of Peace.”
God gave us His only begotten Son and He
shall be called what? Wonderful – Counsellor – The mighty God – The everlasting
Father – The Prince of Peace. So, what’s in a name?
does Jesus mean by His statement “hath not
believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”?John
3:18b. Here’s what it means to believe in the
“name”. His name defines His authority, character, rank, majesty, power,
excellence, etc. His “Name” represents “the title and dignity” of our Lord.
“Far above all principality, and power, and
might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but
also in that which is to come:”
“... as he hath by inheritance obtained a more
excellent name ...”
That’s what He means when He tells us to believe in His name. But is that all of
what He means when He says “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life”? “He that believeth
on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not
see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
“Then said they unto him, What
shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto
them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”
John 6:28, 29.
Recognize that phrase “believe on Him”
in the above two verses? That phrase is also in John 3:18. We must understand
the meaning behind those verses. The original Greek used hereactually
signifies continual and unbroken succession, until the end. As we can clearly
see there is more to the Greek word “pisteuō”
translated into English as “believe” than our English rendering conjures up.
“Jesus heard that they had
cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on
the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on
him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh
with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
Jesus had just healed a man and then asks him whether or
not he believed onHim.
By the way, if Jesus weren’t God why would He allow the man to worship Him? We
are only to worship God.
“That if thou shalt confess
with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt
heart that God hath raised
the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Paul is telling us we must believe in our hearts. What’s he mean by that?
“Vines Expository Dictionary of
New Testament words gives us this explanation for the word heart: Our hearts are
the seat of physical life. The heart also denotes the seat of our moral nature
and spiritual life; it’s the seat of grief, joy, desires, affections,
perceptions, thoughts, understanding, reasoning powers, imagination, conscience,
intentions, purpose, will, and faith.” There is so much more to believing than
what comes across from reading the English word “believe”.
do people believe in? Let’s take evolution for example. Many believe in
evolution because that’s what they are taught in public school. Even though
there is absolutely no proof of that fairy tale? Students believe their teachers
and grow up and teach their children the same. They might just as well say they
believe in the tooth fairy since there is actually more proof of a tooth fairy
then there is for evolution. It’s easy to say we believe in something without
actually placing our faith and trust in that something. To believe in Jesus
means we place our absolute and total trust in Him. This is at the core of what
it means to believe in Jesus Christ which is what we plainly see from the
original Greek renderings. To admit that Jesus is the Son of God stems from
believing everything else about Him including the fact that He is God.
It’s really only been since
moving to the Mid-West portion of the United States with my wife and daughter
that I’ve encountered folks who profess to be Christians and yet openly admit
they don’t believe Jesus Christ is God after admitting He’s the Son of God. To
tell you the truth I’m literally shocked each time this occurs. Why? Because
I’ve only been confronted by this anomaly in Christian Church services. I’ve
even encountered pastors who tell me they aren’t sure Jesus is God or that He is
the only way to Heaven. One pastor actually told me we can’t be dogmatic about
whether Jesus is actually God or not. Folks, if Jesus Christ, the Old Testament
prophesied Messiah, who came into this world and died on a cross as our kinsmen
redeemer, who took upon Himself the sin of the world isn’t God, then I must tell
you flat out that there’s not one person saved, past, present, or future, and
our Christian faith is only a vain pretence and we have no assurance of eternal
“Depend upon it, my hearer,
you never will go to heaven unless you are prepared to worship Jesus Christ as
God. They are all doing it there (in Heaven)”
perfect God could possibly have sacrificed Himself for His Creation as Jesus
did. Then this perfect God raised Himself again from the dead. These are two of
the main beliefs we as believers must have if we are to be called by His name.
If you believe Jesus died on a cross two thousand years ago for your sins and
yet you don’t believe He’s God,then
you believe in human sacrifice. No human sacrifice could possibly suffice as the
propitiation for the sins of mankind.
believe Jesus is the Son of God, but I don’t believe He’s God.” That very
statement is a damnable heresy. It isn’t enough to simply say Jesus the Christ
is God’s Son but believe He’s some sort of lesser god or no God at all. How can
we possibly believe everything He did and not believe He’s God?After
all we believe in the virgin birth, we believe He had an earthly ministry, we
believe He changed water into wine, He healed the sick, cast out demons, raised
the dead, gave sight to the blind, walked on water, made the lame to walk, and
fed thousands with just a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish. We believe
He went willingly to the cross, that He died on that cross, and that He told one
of the thieves hanging next to Him that he would, that very day, be with Him in
Paradise. We believe He spent three days in the
grave and rose from the dead on the third day all according to the scriptures.
Isn’t that what Christians believe? And much more? How can Jesus the Christ not
be God Almighty?
“These things have I written
unto you that believe on the name (there’s
that phrase again) of the Son of God; that
ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of
the Son of God.’ ‘And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an
understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is
true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life,”
1 John 5:13 and 20.
Jesus is the true God and eternal life.
Bible study class I attend there’s a man who professes to be a Christians yet he
doesn’t believe Jesus is God. He was asked what he does with the scripture
verses where Jesus said “when you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father” and also “I
and the Father are one”. He said he had never heard those verses before. Then I
asked this professing Christian man if he believed the Bible is the inerrant
word of God. He said ‘No. Man has corrupted it over the years”. This man
obviously needs a lot of help,but
it’s interesting that he’s been attending a Christian Church for years. What’s
he come away with in all the teachings that he’s attended? “I don’t believe
Jesus is God”.
Is this man, along with his
apparent complete lack of biblical knowledge, indicative of many in our churches
today? Possibly. There is a huge void where the word of God is concerned. I’m at
a loss to understand the reasoning behind such a lack of biblical knowledge in
these final days especially since there is so many different teaching aids
available for those seeking the truth. Aha, there it is, the key words here are
“seeking the truth.”
What is the purpose of attending
church services if you don’t believe the book the pastor is teaching from? Why
attend a Christian Bible study class if you don’t believe in the book you’re
supposedly studying from? What’s the point of calling yourself a Christian if
you believe the One who is called the Christ was only a nice guy or a good
teacher? If necessary, would you lay down your life for this good teacher?
the most obvious scriptures proclaiming Jesus’ deity are in John’s Gospel. Jesus
refers to Himself as the I AM in the Gospel of John chapter 8, verse 58.He’s
claiming to be God Almighty. John refers to Jesus as the Creator of the world
“All things were made by him; and without him
was not any thing made that was made.”
John 1:3. Paul does the same thing in
Colossians 16 and 17. Jesus Christ is the Creator God who created this Universe.
The verse that is most
often overlooked when we seek to point out to those who doubt the deity of Jesus
Christ is, “I said therefore unto you, that
ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am
ye shall die in your sins.” John
8:24. Jesus is stating emphatically that He is God; By making the
statement “I AM” Jesus is claiming to be the voice which spoke to Moses from the
burning bush in Exodus 3:14. In the original Greek language the
the above verse is not present. I AM is in the original language and it’s “egō
in the Greek but there’s no
be found in that verse in the Greek. The phrase which follows stating
“you shall die in your sins” is the
Greek word “apothnēskō” and
is speaking of eternal death, to be subject to eternal misery in hell. This is a
scathing indictment for all those who can’t seem to get their minds around the
fact that Jesus is God.
If you’re one of those
individuals getting your biblical knowledge from the discovery channel you might
want to actually pick up your Bible and read it for yourself. Stop listening and
parroting what you hear from the secular establishment about the fallacy of the
Holy Bible and start believing. The truth of the matter is the Bible is the
inerrant word of God. Jesus is God, and the Bible states that fact more times
than I haveroom
for here in this commentary.
I could write a book on
the fact that Jesus is God using both Old and New Testament scriptures but for
now this commentary will have to suffice. The first five words in the book of
Revelation tell us whose revelation it is. This is Jesus the Christ speaking as
John wrote it down. “I am Alpha and Omega,
the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which
is to come, the Almighty.”
Not to discount the
rest of the verse,but
did you get those last two words “the
Almighty”? The Greek word used here is “pantokratōr”
and can be translated into English as
Omnipotent and when it’s used it refers only to God.
this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the
form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no
reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the
likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and
became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath
highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the
name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth,
and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
If you’ve been wrestling with
this idea of whether or not Jesus Christ is God you had better make up your mind
in a hurry. Life, as we’ve grown accustomed to, is drawing to a close. There’s
an evil dawn on the horizon, and the rapture of Christ’s Church is imminent. We
must all choose to place our faith, trust and our entire lives in Jesus’ hands
because Jesus is God.
bless you all.
All scripture is from the KJV