Believe in Jesus as (1) Christ (2) Son of God


This is a multi-part series based on 1 John

I have learned to separate our faith into core beliefs (on this rock I will build my church) and the consequences that comes from the core belief “the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it]”.

Our faith is in the core, not in the resulting outcome. Does that make sense?

I wrote this post – faith is not positive thinking – and one of the things that I meant by that was that we sometimes try to have faith in the consequences and we become dissapointed that nothing happens. The reason it fails is that we have to have faith in Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and not in the consequences of that faith.

In Matt 16:13-18 Jesus asked “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” and Simon Peter replied “Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” and Jesus replied to him “on this rock I will build My church”.

The core belief that Jesus is the Christ and He is the Son of God and these are the two recurring themes that you will find in 2 John as the keys that release great blessings into our lives.

Why doesn’t it work?

I am always the first to admit that a billion people believe something like this but fail to experience the great blessings. I won’t deny it. (ZAP! Hey was that lightning? Heh. Just kidding.) No, come on let’s tell the truth. I am. And I went in search of the reason why we believe and don’t see. I found it.

In the next post I will explain the benefits and then in the post after that I will explain why what you are currently doing may not be working.

A summary of 1 John

In 1 John book I have found 6 references to things that John is saying believers need to believe about Jesus.

Instance 1:

Who is [such a] liar as he who denies that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah)? He is the antichrist (the antagonist of Christ), who [habitually] denies and refuses to acknowledge the Father and the Son. No one who [habitually] denies (disowns) the Son even has the Father. Whoever confesses (acknowledges and has) the Son has the Father also. As for you, keep in your hearts what you have heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the first dwells and remains in you, then you will dwell in the Son and in the Father [always]. And this is what He Himself has promised us–the life, the eternal [life]. – 1 John 2:22-25

  • The requirement is to acknowledge that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah).
  • The blessing you will receive is the have the Father and to dwell in Him.

Instance 2:

If you know (perceive and are sure) that He [Christ] is [absolutely] righteous [conforming to the Father’s will in purpose, thought, and action], you may also know (be sure) that everyone who does righteously [and is therefore in like manner conformed to the divine will] is born (begotten) of Him [God]. – 1 John 2:29

  • The requirement is to acknowledge that Jesus is absolutely righteous.
  • The blessing you will receive is be born of God

Instance 3:

And this is His order (His command, His injunction): that we should believe in (put our faith and trust in and adhere to and rely on) the name of His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and that we should love one another, just as He has commanded us. All who keep His commandments [who obey His orders and follow His plan, live and continue to live, to stay and] abide in Him, and He in them. [They let Christ be a home to them and they are the home of Christ.] And by this we know and understand and have the proof that He [really] lives and makes His home in us: by the [Holy] Spirit Whom He has given us. – 1 John 3:23-24

  • The requirement is to believe in His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and that we love one another
  • The blessing you will receive is you abide in Him and He abides in you

Instance 4:

Anyone who confesses (acknowledges, owns) that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides (lives, makes His home) in him and he [abides, lives, makes his home] in God. – 1 John 4:15

  • The requirement is to confess that Jesus is the Son of God
  • The blessing you will receive is you abide in Him and He abides in you

Instance 5:

EVERYONE WHO believes (adheres to, trusts, and relies on the fact) that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah) is a born-again child of God; and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him (His offspring). – 1 John 5:1

  • The requirement is to believe that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah)
  • The blessing is that you ARE born again as a child of God

Instance 6:

Who is it that is victorious over [that conquers] the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on that fact]? – 1 John 5:5

  • The requirement is to believe that Jesus is the Son of God
  • The blessing is that you will be victorious over the world

Summary…

So we find that we have 6 things to believe:

  1. Acknowledge that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah). – 1 John 2:22-25
  2. Acknowledge that Jesus is absolutely righteous. – 1 John 2:29
  3. Believe in His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and that we love one another1 John 3:23-24
  4. Confess that Jesus is the Son of God – 1 John 4:15
  5. Believe that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah) – 1 John 5:1
  6. Believe that Jesus is the Son of God – 1 John 5:5

Super summary…

So what do we have to believe? Well, we have

  1. Three directions to believe that for “Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah)”
  2. Two directions to believe that “Jesus is the Son of God”
  3. One direction to believe that “Jesus is absolutely righteous” and we must “love one another”

The importance of what I am trying to say is contained in this next passage. The time is NOW to believe and the results are seen in our bodies as we receive this “life”.

He who believes in the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] has the testimony [possesses this divine attestation] within himself… <snip> … and this is that testimony (that evidence): God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who possesses the Son has that life; he who does not possess the Son of God does not have that life. – 1 John 5:10-12

Can you see that something very profound is meant to happen within us when we believe in Jesus as the Christ and also as the Son of God? Our lives are meant to change. A real manifest change. We have received a gift of life and we become victorious over the world. It happens because we place our faith in Jesus. That is the target and receiver of our faith. From that decision comes the outflowing, the results.

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