“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

3.1 Believe in Jesus

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” – John 14:6

Believe in Jesus Christ as Lord. The central element in obtaining salvation is coming to a belief in Jesus Christ of Nazareth as your personal Lord and Savior. Sometimes this step comes right before repentance, and sometimes right after repentance. In many cases, it’s nearly simultaneous; don’t worry about the order of things.

Do you believe that Jesus was God? That He was born of a virgin as it is written? That He lived a perfect and sinless life, fully man, but also fully God, being tempted in all things just like you have, but never committing sin? That He gave up His life willingly (He laid it down) for you, by being crucified on the cross, as payment (in an atoning sacrifice) for your sins? That He was raised up again to eternal life after the 3rd? And most amazingly, that He will raise you up to eternal life again with Him when He comes back? This is called putting your faith, trust and hope in Jesus, and only in Jesus alone!

Trying to be a “good person”, or being “religious”, performing ceremonies, worshiping idols or following after the schemes of man (e.g. praying to Mary, i.e. Popery) – none of that will get you into heaven. Only belief in Jesus, and His sacrifice on the cross will.

To receive God’s free gift of eternal life, you have to believe in Jesus:

  • That He was who He said he was: the Son of God, fully man and yet fully also God Himself, one with the Father (who is the Lord God),
  • That He lived a perfect and sinless life,
  • That He his life willingly as a sacrificial lamb in atoning sacrifice for you, for the forgiveness of your sins, by being crucified to death on the cross, and
  • That He was raised again to eternal life on the 3rd day, and that He will also raise you up to eternal life with Him

As discussed in a prior chapter, there is no way around the fact that Jesus emphatically declared that He is God. Your (only) choices about Jesus are:

  • that He never existed (much historical evidence proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that he did), or
  • that He was a crazed lying lunatic who then died a horrible death on the cross trying to keep His lies, or
  • that He was indeed God as He has declared.

Friend, there simply are no other choices. It is this Jesus who you are putting your faith, trust and hope in. It is this Jesus who you are believing in, with all your mind, heart and soul. Scripture emphatically declares: “there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.

In prior chapters, we laid out information about Jesus’ life and death and that He declared Himself as God and the only way to heaven. It is way beyond the scope of this book to list here the many facts and fulfilled prophecies in the Bible in an attempt to convince you about Jesus; there are many good books and resources for you to research and read to confirm this truth. Hundreds of documented miracles, fulfilled prophecies, eye witness testimonies all confirm that He was indeed God. We also list many resources and questions and answers on our website to help you.

And contrary to public opinion and the loud shouts of skeptics, coming to believe in faith in Jesus doesn’t mean you abandon your reason, intellect and logical thinking. God wants you to decide based on truth and understanding.

You examine all the evidence, and then make a rational, logical decision based on that evidence. Your step of faith in believing in the many things that we cannot directly measure (e.g. eternal life, God is a Spirit, etc.). Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean just “blindly believing” in Christ, without a LOT of justification and proven historical facts, eyewitnesses, testimonies, fulfilled prophecies, recorded miracles, etc. And those facts, testimonies, fulfilled prophecies, recorded miracles, etc. are all documented in the Holy Bible.

New archeological finds continue to validate the Bible; in fact, not a single archeological, historical or scientific find has ever contradicted the Bible; furthermore, each new find has only strengthened and supported what is already written in the Bible. And many of the things written in the Bible were recorded hundreds or more years before they occurred. That is the nature of Bible prophecy.

This is such a broad topic that there just isn’t space enough to go into a lot of detail here.

Friend, if you are still unsure or have doubts and questions, face them head-on! You owe it to yourself to do that! It is your eternal life at stake here. Please don’t let doubts and questions stand in your way; I did that for a very long time. Seek out material that addresses your questions. We today have access to a myriad of wonderful Christian resources, even many from fully credentialed scientists who are experts in their fields.

And finally, know that Jesus willingly gave His own life on the cross, for you. He wasn’t forced to, He chose to – because He loves you.

False Teaching(s) You Will Encounter:

  • Universalism (i.e. any name, or any religion, even one you make up can save you to eternal life)
  • Man can earn salvation through works (or even buy it with money, i.e. the deceptions of Popery)
  • Cults who deny the deity of Christ

Related Scripture: (See also verses given prior in chapter 2.3)

Enter through the narrow gate [Jesus]; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house. And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household. – Acts 16:30-34

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people, if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name this man stands here before you in good health. He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone. And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:8-12

Being found in appearance as a man, He [Jesus] humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:8-11

For He [Jesus] was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. –  1 Peter 1:20-21

John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him [Jesus]. I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ –  John 1:32-33

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” –  John 3:16-21

Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.  – 1 Peter 1:18-19

For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit. – 1 Peter 3:18

Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He [Jesus], having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. –  Hebrews 10:11-13

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. –  1 Corinthians 15:20-22

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” – John 14:6

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” –  John 11:25-26

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” – John 6:35-40

Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me [Jesus]. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. –  John 14:1-3

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him [you] up on the last day.” – John 6:35-40

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life [Jesus]— and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us— what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. – 1 John 1:1-3

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. –  John 14:27

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