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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (john 3.16, NKJV)

1) How can you be saved?

a) By repenting and doing your best to live a sinless life.

b) By frequently reading the Bible.

c) By attending church regularly.

d) By believing in Jesus Christ.

e) By frequent prayer.

f) All of the above.


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2) In your opinion, how easy is it to believe in Jesus Christ?

a) Very easy

b) Fairly easy

c) Somewhat difficult

d) Very difficult


Believing

Read John 3.16 and think about it carefully for a moment.

By implication, that verse is asking you to believe in ...

Easy to believe? In my opinion, "d" is the correct answer to question 2 - VERY difficult.

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3) Which of the following best describes what you think Jesus meant by the word "believes" in John 6.47?
(Jesus said:) "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life." (John 6.47, NKJV)

a) Full belief in all that the Bible says about Jesus.

b) Simply believing that Jesus died for your sins.

c) Something more than is described by either of the above answers.


The Depth of Belief

You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble! (Jam 2.19, NKJV)


When Jesus had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way.
And suddenly the demons cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?'' (Mt 8.28-29, NJKV)
The verses to the left make it abundantly clear that demons believe that God exists, and that they know Jesus to be the Son of God. But this belief does NOT save demons from the penalty of their sins.

You can believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, died on the cross, rose from the dead, and is coming again, but I doubt that mere "head knowledge" obtains salvation. Thus, my opinion is that the answer to question 3 is "c" - something MORE.


For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you may well put up with it. (2 Cor 11.4, NKJV)
But this is by no means meant to infer that knowledge of the Biblical facts about Jesus Christ are not essential. Such knowledge IS of great importance.

As shown by 2 Cor 11.4, there are cults who preach...


4) Which of the following is involved in having a "saving belief" in Jesus Christ?

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation. (Rom 10.9-10, NKJV)
a) Head knowledge of who Jesus Christ really is.

b) Submission of your will to the will of Jesus Christ.

c) Acknowledgment that Jesus atoned for your sins.

d) All of the above.


A Saving Belief in Jesus Christ

We have already seen that knowledge of facts about Jesus is essential.

But we have also seen that factual knowledge alone doesn't save.

Romans 10.9-10, as quoted in the panel alongside question 4, specifies the "something more" which is required for saving belief.

"Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus."

"Believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead."

So the answer to question 4 is "d" ...

THAT IS HOW TO BE SAVED!

Dear God: I confess Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I believe in my heart you raised Him from the dead. I am your child. You are my Father. Amen.
At left is a suggested prayer to receive Jesus. Or just say it in your own words. No need to talk fancy. God understands plain English (or any other language for that matter).

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