How to believe in Jesus Christ? How can we assure that we are truly believing in Him so that we can receive the grace of God and the promise of eternal life? If we will ask any Christians the question on how to obtain salvation, most of them will say – believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and as the savior of the Church, His Body. This is true as it is written:
John 3:16 (NIV)
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Ephesians 5:23 (NIV)
For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
However, it’s just easy to say and tell anyone, I believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and as the Savior of the Church. Therefore, we need to justify that we truly believe in Christ to assure that we can truly gain salvation and eternal life. But how can we do that? How can we justify our belief in Jesus Christ? The answer is written in the Book of Romans:
Romans 10:9-15 (NIV)
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
According to the passage above, truly believing must be justified in our hearts. It must be preceded by hearing about Christ, His teachings and His commandments. This hearing about Him must come from a preacher who proclaims the words of Christ. And this preacher must be a preacher from God, not a false preacher. In other words, believing in Christ must be preceded by knowing Him. As it written, how can you believe someone whom you have not heard from a preacher who is sent by God? We must truly know Christ so that we may believe in Him. And we can only know Christ if we obey His words and commands.
1 John 2:3-6 (NIV)
We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
We should understand that believing in Jesus Christ requires great patience. The Lord Himself has set this unlimited patience as an example for those who were to believe in Him.
1 Timothy 1:16 (NIV)
But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.
Finally, it has been written, that we should not only believe in Jesus Christ but also suffer for His sake.
Philippians 1:27-30 (NIV)
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.