“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NLT
In looking at this all too familiar verse of scripture, let us dissect one of the most important words in all Christendom. The word is belief or to believe. Many verses of scripture say that if we simply believe in God we will be saved. As we delve a little deeper into the word we find out that may not necessarily be true.
In the Hebrew the word for belief or believe is emunah. This means to securely trust or rely upon. It is not a casual belief, as some would assert. To simply believe makes it easy for anyone to declare that they are a Christian. They minimize the importance of the word so much so that accepting God’s existence seems enough for them. The belief the Bible is referring to is the type of belief that tightly embraces not only the person of God, but also all that He stands for and proposes throughout scripture. This type of belief means a total selling out of ones self to a higher standard than is exhibited by the world. This belief seeks to receive blessing only to turn it around and bestow it upon someone else that is in need. This belief is in no way cavalier in the face of life. It doesn’t do as it wishes, but rather seeks to do that which is pleasing and acceptable to the One in whom their belief has been placed.
In the end, it is far more than simply believing. Scripture tells us in no uncertain terms that even demons believe in God1, so surely it must be much more than just believing. Search your heart and see if you are believing in or trusting in and relying upon God. There is a significant difference. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
1 “You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.” James 2:19