What Does it Mean to Believe on Jesus Christ?
What Does it Mean to Believe on Jesus Christ?
Utawala Baptist Church
Scripture Reading Acts 16:30-34
LOOK AT THE SITUATION!
Paul and Silas
A hard man
God needed to get his attention
Sometimes God needs to get our attention!
What will it take to get your attention?
What must God do?
Whatever it takes to get our attention is a small price to pay!
At one point in our lives we must ask the same question as the Roman jailer!
What is the determining factor in salvation?
What does a person need to do to be saved?
The roman jailer asks the most important question of his life!
If we do not know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior it is also the most important question of our lives today!
The Bible tells us clearly what needs to be done!
The jailer was asking:
What one thing is absolutely necessary for my salvation?
The answer the jailer received two thousand years ago is the same one we receive today!
Jesus divides the world into two groups:
I. To believe means to hear and ACCEPT the WORDS of Jesus Christ.
The words of Jesus recorded in the Bible expose our sins and exalt the Savior.
When one believes the WORDS of Jesus, they accept the fact that they are a sinner in need of a Savior.
When one believes the WORDS of Jesus, they accept the fact that what he says about man’s nature and need as true.
When one believes the WORDS of Jesus, they hear and accept the statement of Jesus when he said, “Ye must be born again.”
When on believes the WORDS of Jesus, they hear and accept the declaration “I am the way, the truth, and the life......”
The essence of faith lies in this, casting one-self on a promise.
When on believes the WORDS of Jesus, they hear and accept the pronouncements that He made about Hell, the eternal destination of all unbelievers.
John 5:24; John 8:47.
To believe means one has heard what Jesus said about the must of salvation and the means of salvation.
They were so filled with pride, and prejudice, and false notions that they would not receive His truth; and as they had not received His truth and could not bear it, they sought to kill him.
II. To believe means to trust and APPROPRIATE the WORK of Jesus.
Jesus came to do something no one else could do.
He came to die for sinful man.
He came to die as the sinless Son of God to pay for the penalty of our sins.
He came to be the sinner’s substitute.
He came to give His life for the sheep.
In the work of Jesus:
A. Law was magnified - Matthew 5:17
Jesus kept the law in spirit and in letter. He kept the law in its injunctions and its intentions.
Jesus fulfilled the demands of the moral law, and he fulfilled the details of the ceremonial law.
He even challenged the enemies,
“Which of you convinceth me of sin?”
He challenged them to take the entire Mosaic Law in all its 613 commandments and test his life by its letter and spirit.
He dared them to go to his home, to question those who had lived with him, his mother and his siblings, to see if he had ever done anything less than perfect.
He challenged them to go to Nazareth and talk to anyone and everyone he had ever done business with to see if they could find the slightest flaw in his conduct.
Trace his footsteps and see if you can find even the slightest imperfection in him.
YOU WILL FIND NONE!
B. Justice was satisfied
Justice for sin demands a penalty.
When Jesus died on the cross of Calvary as my substitute, justice was satisfied
(2 Corinthians 5:21)
God did not overlook sin, but He forced it out into the open where He dealt with in a way that honored His righteous character.
All the vileness of the sinner was transferred to the substitute, and all the virtue of the substitute is transferred to the sinner that believes.
The cross of Calvary makes it possible for God to be both just and the Justifier.
C. Hell was nullified
Hell’s path was made void for the one that believes on Christ.
C. Salvation was simplified
So simple a child can understand it.
III. To believe means to honor and APPRECIATE the WORTH of Jesus
Acts 4:12 states, “Neither is there salvation in any other.....”
This statement is designed to be exclusive. No exception at all!
If there is salvation in none other,
THEN there must ONE that is all-sufficient.
"Neither is there salvation in any other.”
Do I think that none are saved apart from Christ?
I don t think it; I know it according to our text.
Whatever is your way of salvation——for there are a thousand different inventions of men whereby they seek to save themselves —— whatever it may be, hear what this verse states:
“Neither is there salvation in any other.”
I Timothy 2:5
No name except that divinely appointed one, by which salvation from sin can be expected
-none given under heaven-no other means ever devised by God himself for the salvation of a lost world.
He Jesus Christ was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world; and no man ever came, or can come, to the Father but by him.
No other Savior but Jesus;
no salvation if His is rejected;
no other name to save from destruction,
unless He is accepted.
There is no other person designed or appointed by God, to be the author of redemption and procurer of salvation for a lost and miserable world, but only Christ.
Take heed then, that we do not reject or set Him of no value;
If we reject Christ!
We reject the wisdom of God,
the authority of God,
the love of God,
and yes! The salvation of God.
Jesus is the only Savior!
The devil will try to make us believe that there is salvation apart from Jesus Christ, but we know there is none.
Nothing can take His place.
He is the One we all need, and He alone meets all the needs of all.
Jesus is sufficient for all, but efficient for those only who believe.
Jesus alone is the source, sum, and substance of all spiritual sufficiency.
No substitute can ever replace him, and no superior can ever surpass Him.
Jesus did not have a predecessor, and Jesus will never have a successor.
What does it mean to believe in Jesus?
To accept the WORDS of Jesus
To appropriate the WORK of Jesus
To appreciate the WORTH of Jesus
DISMISS HIS WORDS, DENY HIS WORK, and DISCOUNT HIS WORTH and you will find yourself in hell for eternity.
- \\ “There is no sin that shall damn the man who believes in Jesus Christ, and nothing can save the man who will not believe in Jesus Christ. He that believes shall be saved, be his sin ever so many, and he that believes not must perish, be his sins ever so few,” *
- C. H. Spurgeon.