I hear folks say; “Well, I am a Christian, I believe in Christ, therefore my salvation is guaranteed”. How true is that statement?
Firstly, I find that it depends largely on what one means when they say “I believe”. Remember, “the demons also believe…” (James 2:19)
Secondly, I would ask; what exactly do you believe about Jesus? Truth is, almost everybody (even Non-Christians) believe one thing or the other about Jesus — some of which are just ridiculous, to say the least.
But this post is not to address the Non-Christian, it is for the Christian. When you say you believe in Jesus, does it come from your heart or are you merely reciting a slogan? Perhaps all you want is to simply continue the line of your family belief system, nothing more.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9–10, KJV)
I find throughout Scripture, that the heart is very important in our relationship with God. Let us not deceive ourselves; saying that you believe in Jesus is one thing but actually believing in Jesus is another thing entirely. Listen to the words of Jesus below;
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. (Matthew 15:8, KJV)
How can you profess Christ, yet your heart is far from Him? Long story short! If your profession isn’t from the heart, you might want to work out your salvation — in fact, you need to, as a matter of urgency.
Believe in Christ and you shall be saved. Confess your love for Him, for He is Lord… and proof of your love for God is obedience to His commands.