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SALVATION QUESTION 222
QUESTION 222: If I tell someone to believe in Jesus will they be saved?
ANSWER: This is a most important question. It would need more debate to ascertain its valve. At face value it would not tell anyone how to be saved. The name Jesus alone would indicate His life as a man on earth. That He was the greatest teacher and miracle worker, but for a person believing that would not save them.
If you lived in England and I asked you if you believed in Elizabeth, the wife of Phillip you might say you do. If I ask you do you believe in Queen Elizabeth that would be a different question, you might not believe in her as the Queen.
The Bible does not say to believe in Jesus (his historical human life) to be saved. In the accounts of the four Gospels He is mentioned as ‘the Christ’, ‘the Lord’ and ‘Jesus’ He is never called the Lord Jesus Christ in the four Gospels. You might believe in the historical Jesus, but that is not enough, you might not believe that He is the Lord from heaven (1 Cor. 15:47)
In Phil 2:5-9 we read of the full life of Jesus there. When He died and ascended to heaven we read this; Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: v.9.
Peter declared in Acts 2:36, that the one known as Jesus of Nazareth was now, Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Heb 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
The question was asked; “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:30,31 The jailor was not told to believe on Jesus, but on the Lord Jesus Christ. This is His full redemptive title. He is the Lord of glory, who became a man Jesus and He is the true Christ of prophecy. This is more than believing in Jesus.
I believed all of this before I was saved. My problem was I didn’t believe it was enough. When He cried “It is finished” (John 19:30) He meant all that was required for salvation was finished. I am now resting peacefully in a finished work. You can have this peace also. He made this peace for us by the blood of His cross. (Col 1:20)
Those that trust Him are said to be: Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: Rom. 5:1
Just realize you are a lost sinner and rest (trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ, and God says, “thou shalt be saved.” Do it today!
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated March 13th, 2014 by Sandra Felix