What Does "Believe in Jesus" Mean?

Hint: Not the same as believing in Santa Clause

1 John‬ ‭2:4‬

“The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and yet doesn’t keep His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

John 14:15-16

“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever

Notes: What does believe in Jesus mean? Keep His commands. What are His commands? They're scattered throughout the new testament. There are a number of them in the Sermon on the Mount, example "seek God always", and the Lord's Prayer, which fulfils the eating of His flesh and drinking of His blood, which was Jesus' biggest commandment for the forgiveness of sins. Then there was many other commands in His parables. 

Notice Jesus said, only when we keep His commands, He will then ask the Father to give us the Holy Spirit! Not everybody gets the Holy Spirit - we must keep His commands first!

 

Who is keeping Jesus' commands today? And who therefore has the Holy Spirit?

Mark 16:17-18

Jesus said: "And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not harm them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will be made well.”

John 14:12-14

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Matthew 7:20

Jesus said: So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.

To all of you who say you believe in Jesus, where are your miracles? Real miracles like put your hand on a crippled child in wheelchair and make her walk. You can't, because you're not filled with the Holy Spirit!

 

But this is exactly what the disciples and apostles of Jesus did. These mere humans laid their hands on the crippled and made them walk, and brought dead people back to life! Today's "believers" can barely perform dismal type miracles that some talk about, like I needed a car and received one the next day, or we needed donations and they came. If the Pope or the best Protestant church leader walk into a children's hospital, can they heal anybody? No! And yet the Pope is behaving as if he is filled with the Holy Spirit, making changes to God's realms - seating Mary next to God in heaven, and creating a mini-hell (Purgatory). 

 

In today's world, real miracles like make a cripple get up and walk, are out of the question. They are impossible in people's minds, but Jesus said we can; where is the faith in Jesus? I think I know. The Catholic church was born in the 3rd century, then sometime later, the Protestant church was born, and both have been misleading people with their teachings for hundreds of years. People were supposed to be filled with the Holy Spirit as Jesus promised, and perform miracles in His name. The only explanation is, no one is truly filled with the Holy Spirit today; not the church leaders and not the people. The churches' misleading teachings resulted in the do-nothing Protestants and the pray to humans Catholics, leading to generations of people with barely a trace of the Holy Spirit in them, and performing dismal miracles at best. How else can we explain it? 

Before declaring belief in Jesus you have to learn what Jesus said. Do you know all what He said? Do you know all His commands, teachings, parables, and their meanings? 

Otherwise, if you only believe in Jesus as in: "the existence of Jesus as the son of God", then even the devil himself believed that much.

Matthew 8:28-29

And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?”

Acts 19:15

But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?”

James 2:19

You believe that God is one. Good for you! Even the demons believe that— and shudder.

Believe in Jesus = Worship Jesus = Learn His Commands and Follow Them

Worship means get on your knees and pray to God often, and not only when you need something. How often? Daily, according to the Lord's Prayer. First we should pray the prayer Jesus taught us, because He used this term "should" in Matthew 6:9 "this is how you should pray..." If he said "should" and I believe in Him, then I'm doing what He said. Then afterwards you can follow with your own prayer(s) and wording. And remember, the "Bread" in the Lord's Prayer is His body, the "spiritual bread of life", not earthly needs.

 

​We don't even commit to a spouse without spending months and years learning about them first! Of course we do this for our earthly needs. But spend time reading the Bible to know more about God, then truly believe? Is of no interest to many Christians. This is analogical to my other example, we'd read a thousand-page book if paid money for it, to meet our earthly needs, but not the Bible to gain eternal life. If you're just a herd follower, then you don't truly believe in Jesus. Because you haven't spent the time to learn about all His teachings. In this case you're only in it for the social aspect of it - doing what other people do - and because other people will respect you for it.

Going to church every Sunday and singing hymns is only the icing on the cake; you've ignored the cake and focused on the icing!

 

To "believe in someone" is not a casual statement. You need to know about this person before you can truly say you believe in them. In today's world, many get that knowledge from watching movies about the Bible. That knowledge is invalid; movies veer significantly from the truth in order to make a sensational, profit-producing, product. Another method in today's world, is relying completely on churches, which only preach from certain parts of the Bible to keep it pleasing to people. The majority of Bible verses are unknown to people. Personal Bible reading is the only way to truly seek God. Look at all the new truths from the references in this website. Most churches don't talk about these! At a minimum, if you're staying with your church make sure to supplement with your personal Bible reading, and researching online. Focus on the cake first, then on the icing! It's your eternity at stake; do you trust anyone with that? Check things for yourself!

Declaring belief in Jesus is the beginning of a relationship with Him; a journey of getting to know Him. It goes in this order:

  1. Birth of the flesh, first birth.

  2. Birth of the spirit, born-again / saved.

  3. Spiritual growth - more knowledge about God/Jesus

It is the 3rd item that most churches and people ignore, or don't know about. If you declare you believe in Jesus and then move on with your life, and just keep telling everybody "I'm covered by the blood of Jesus", you're not!! Because all you know about Jesus is that sentence. The Bible says you're spiritually dead; did not mature in the knowledge of God, like one of these people, "choked by life's worries, riches, and pleasures":

Luke 8:14

"The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature."

==>"they do not mature"<== 

 

Spiritual maturity, is more of an attitude. Being a true born-again believer would result in interest springing from within for wanting to grow that relationship with God, by:

- Seeking God, through reading the scripture.
- Worshiping Him daily (Jesus’ prayer daily)
- Respecting Him! Follow His teachings
- Liking what He likes and hating what He hates.

- Love all people, just as He loves all people, His children, His creation.

If you’re not doing these things, you're not maturing spiritually, your declaration of belief in God did not flourish. These things should spring from within; if you feel they’re a burden, or label them as "works" because they don't fit your lifestyle, then you're not cut-out for the Kingdom of God. 

Let's look at another parable from Jesus (here below). He said: "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded". Sounds like a requirement to me! Dare I use the term "requirement" in association with Born-again people and the do-nothing believers? But it is Jesus saying it. It means you need to grow your spiritual knowledge, and also pray the Lord's Prayer daily and properly.

Luke‬ ‭12:47-48

‬Jesus said: “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."

Some may keep insisting that any action we do is "works". These are the "do nothing believers", likely brain-washed into it by their church. They site some high-level verses in the Bible, ignoring many elaborating detailed verses. And they point to stories from the Bible, example about the blind man in the village square and the woman who touched His robe, were healed by Jesus. The do-nothing believers point out that these 2 people likely never looked at scriptures etc., and yet Jesus healed them. Ok perfect example. But note in the culture of those days where there were no TVs, social media, or smart-devices, Jewish people spent their spare time gathered in a village location, telling stories about the day's important events, and reading in the scrolls. So most likely the blind man and the sick woman had heard the stories about Jesus' teachings and miracles, and "strongly" believed. So Jesus obviously saw their inside, and healed them. And in the case of the blind man, Jesus had more ramifications in mind to glorify God. He knew the blind man would talk about it in the temple square, and the rest of that story.

 

Now let's fast-forward to today. These so called do-nothing believers are likely not blind nor with a bad sickness. Instead they're likely healthy and with a lot of time and resources on their hands. But they insist on doing nothing. Spiritual maturity by reading the Bible? "Nope that's works". Praying the Lord's Prayer daily as Jesus instructed in the Bible? "Oh no, that's a lot of works! Every day? Nope". I would like to clarify the real meaning of "works". What the Bible means by "works" is the works of the flesh. Here are some examples of works of the flesh in order to gain own salvation: set out to never sin and boast about it, refrain from certain foods (Jewish law), refrain from certain earthly pleasures, dress a certain way, offer animal sacrifices (Jewish law), do more good deeds to out-way bad deeds, or make big offerings to the Church. But maturing spiritually by seeking God in the Bible, and obedience by praying the Lord's Prayer daily as Jesus instructed, are not "works of the flesh". These are spiritual acts, leading to "Spiritual Maturity" as the Bible instructs us in many verses and parables.

 

Are you a "Do Nothing" Believer?

Please stop the "do nothing". A big difference between "Works" and "Spiritual Activities":

Works: Is the works of the flesh, as in still trying to apply the Jewish law. Circumcision, sacrifices, do a lot of good deeds to offset the bad, etc.

Not works: Spiritual activities like: seek God, read the Bible, pray the Lord's Prayer daily.

Others say "we don't struggle with sin anymore, because Jesus covered it with His blood". Sounds like they mistook Jesus' blood for a license to sin. The apostle Paul struggled with sin, and hated it (Romans 7:15). And Jesus, the only sinless human that walked the earth, hates sin, and wants you to repent and stop sinning. And yes He will keep forgiving you, as long as you keep coming back and asking for forgiveness by praying the Lord's Prayer daily, which then truly keeps you filled with the Holy Spirit.

Please don’t get your facts from watching movies/shows about the Bible, or even from the church. Get your facts from reading the Bible. You want to tithe 10%? In today's world, tithing 10% of your time reading the Bible, will likely please God a lot more.

Hosea 6:6

I don’t want your sacrifices - I want your love; I don’t want your offerings - I want you to know me.
 

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