To believe, to have faith and to obey are all different words for the same thing. Jesus said if you love me, keep my commandments. Faithfulness is a form of obedience and it is the result of faith. Faith is the result of believing. When you believe you have faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith causes obedience and obedience is the product of believing.
1. True Christian belief is demonstrated through action – “Now someone may argue, "Some people have faith; others have good deeds." But I say, "How can you show me your faith if you don't have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds” James 2:18
2. True Christian belief is demonstrated through faithfulness – “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him” Hebrews 11:6.
3. True Christian belief leads to forgiveness - “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15“But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions” Matthew 6:14.
4. And forgiveness leads to salvation – “to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins” Luke 1:77.
5. To believe is to trust in Jesus Christ and his word and keep his commandments – “And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us” 1 John 3:23.
Remember these things…
- Noah believed and he built an ark.
- Joshua believed so he marched around a city.
- The people of Israel believed and they put blood on their doorpost.
- Jonah believed, that’s why he didn’t want to go and preach to the people of Nineveh.
- The Israelites believed and they looked up to a bronze snake.
- Jesus believed and he obeyed God.
- The disciples believed and they preached the gospel.
- You must believe and live righteously.