Verse of the day.
He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe would be condemned.
Throughout scripture, God is very emphatic about the gravity of unbelief. This was, after all, the root of the first sin: questioning the very nature and word of God. It, therefore, became expedient for God to reconcile us back to Himself through believing Him again.
In the verse preceding our verse of the day, Jesus had asked the disciples to go preach the gospel to every creature. Following that up, He went on to make it clear that anyone who believes this gospel they preach and is baptized will be saved. The gospel is the totality of the good news of God’s love and salvation through the death and resurrection of Christ. Immediately we see this, our minds can quickly say, “Oh, that’s not for me. I’m already saved.”
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Do you believe
The word “believes” is in its present tense. This defines it as being a current reality, not something that happens once and is discarded. Yes, there is a “first-time” faith that justifies us before God, a belief that is so unreserved and sure that it proclaims it publicly through baptism, a belief that baptizes us into Christ; and yet there is more.
The life of a believer is one of believing. It is one where belief is a daily, hourly and moment-by-moment reality. This belief isn’t just a declaration but a wholehearted acceptance of all God is, all He says and reveals Himself to be.
When we believe, our hearts are quick to receive God’s nature and counsel as true and our feet are quick to move in obedience because we believe Him. We delude ourselves, however, when we move our feet in unbelief for even this cannot save us from damnation.
So, through every day, every phase we find ourselves, through ease and hardship, comfort and persecution, emotional highs and lows, lack and plenty, success and personal failures, clarity and confusion, God wants us to look to the cross with faith and say, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16).
The life of a believer is one of believing. It is one where belief is a daily, hourly and moment-by-moment reality. This belief isn’t just a declaration but a wholehearted acceptance of all God is, all He says and reveals Himself to be.Click To Tweet
Father, I believe again today your Lordship and the totality of who You are. I receive the grace to keep believing not just in words, but in deeds.
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