Biblical Concept: Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ for Eternal Life
Prologue: This is from part of an e-mail conversation about God’s Law:
“Do I personally keep the law for eternal salvation? As much as I possibly can. I don't murder, commit adultery, worship idols, or steal. I rest on the 7th day, the Sabbath, and keep it holy. I try not to lie, covet, respect my parents, and use the Lord's name in vain. But I am an imperfect human. I commit sin, just as you and everyone else on this planet does. I find comfort in the fact that God is a loving God and allowed Christ to die for my sins so that I may be saved. If it is God's will I will reach heaven then hope I do.”
Introduction: The following 93 Bible verses demonstrate that only faith<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> in the Lord Jesus Christ and the salvation He provided through the Cross results in eternal life. Example: Romans 3:28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.
(The underlines and following parentheses are mine.)
John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,
John 3:15 that whoever believes may in Him have eternal life. 16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:36 "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."
John 5:24 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.
"For if you believed Moses,
you would believe Me; for he wrote of
John 6:35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
John 6:40 "For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day."
John 6:47 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.
John 6:69 "And we have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God."
John 7:31 But many of the multitude believed in Him; and they were saying, "When the Christ shall come, He will not perform more signs than those which this man has, will He?"
John 7:38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.'"
John 8:24 "I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins."
John 8:30 As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him.
John 8:31 Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;
John 10:42 And many believed in Him there.
John 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" 27 She *said to Him, "Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world."
John 11:45 Many therefore of the Jews, who had come to Mary and beheld what He had done, believed in Him.
John 12:42 Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue;
John 20:31 but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
Acts 4:4 But many of those who had heard the message believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.
Acts 8:12 But
when they believed Philip
preaching the good news about the
Acts 9:42 And it became known all over Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.
Acts 10:43 "Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins."
Acts 11:17 "If God therefore gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God's way?"
Acts 11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord.
Acts 13:38 "Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,
Acts 13:39 and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.
Acts 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
Acts 14:1 And it came about that in Iconium they entered the synagogue of the Jews together, and spoke in such a manner that a great multitude believed, both of Jews and of Greeks.
Acts 14:23 And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
Acts 15:5 But certain ones of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed, stood up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them, and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses." (see 15:10-11)
Acts 15:11 "But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are."
Acts 16:31 And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household."
Acts 17:12 Many of them therefore believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men.
Acts 17:34 But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them.
Acts 18:8 And Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his household, and many of the Corinthians when they heard were believing and being baptized.
Acts 18:27 And when he wanted to go across to Achaia, the brethren encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him; and when he had arrived, he helped greatly those who had believed through grace;
Acts 26:18 to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.'
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Romans 3:21 But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; 26 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. 28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one. 31 Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law.
Romans 4:2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about; but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? "AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS." 4 Now to the one who works, his wage is not reckoned as a favor, but as what is due. 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness,Romans 5:1 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness,
attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; 31 but
Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. 5 For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness. 6 But the righteousness based on faith speaks thus, "DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, 'WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN?' (that is, to bring Christ down), 7 or 'WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS?' (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). " 8 But what does it say? "THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART"-- that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved;
1 Corinthians 1:21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
Galatians 2:16 nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified.
Galatians 3:2 This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? (See 3:5)
Galatians 3:8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "ALL THE NATIONS SHALL BE BLESSED IN YOU."
Galatians 3:22 But the Scripture has shut up all men under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. 24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 1:13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation-- having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
Philippians 3:9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness
which comes from God on the basis of faith
1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
1 Timothy 1:16 And yet for this reason I found mercy, in order that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience, as an example for
those who would believe in Him for eternal life.
1 Timothy 3:16 And by common confession great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Beheld by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.
2 Timothy 3:15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 1:8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
1 Peter 1:20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you 21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
1 John 3:23 And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.
1 John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God; and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him.
1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith. 5 And who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 John 5:10 The one who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the witness that God has borne concerning His Son.
1 John 5:13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.
The underlines listed: belief in Christ = become children, whoever believes . . . not perish . . . have eternal life, not judged, not come into judgment, not hunger, never thirst, raise him up, innermost being shall flow rivers of living water, shall live even if he dies, shall never die, may have life in His name, forgiveness of sins, the same gift, through Him forgiveness of sins, freed from all things, appointed to eternal life, saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, believed through grace, sanctified by faith, gospel . . . for it is the power of God . . . salvation to everyone who believes, righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ, the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus, a law of faith, justified by faith apart from works of the Law, justified by works . . . something to boast about . . . but not before God, ‘the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness’, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God, HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED, ‘believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved’, save those who believe, a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, justify the Gentiles by faith, the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith, all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit, by grace you have been saved through faith, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus, believe in Him for eternal life, believed on in the world, salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus, through Him are believers in God, ‘this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ’, whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, ‘who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God’, the one who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself, know that you have eternal life.
Conclusions and applications: Stop working for eternal salvation—that is “to bring Christ down”! Stop keeping the law for eternal salvation—that is “to bring Christ down”—Law leads to faith in Christ. These 93 Bible verses present faith and belief as the human’s nonmeritorious volitional choice of Christ as their Savior. Do not confuse other faith and belief Bible verses that describe the Christian way of life—life after the point of salvation. See the Biblical Concept: Faiths. Stop trying to be good enough for eternal salvation. God is perfect righteousness and His perfect righteousness could only be satisfied by the perfect life of Jesus and His Cross—stop lowering God. See the Biblical Concept: Lowering God. For those who have believed—become convinced—in the Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life there is eternally: no judgment, no hunger, no thirst, life even in death, forgiveness, freedom, grace, sanctification, righteousness, justification, peace, no disappointment, sons, and security (sealed).<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]>
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Faith / believe = to be convinced. Vocabulary: pistis from peitho meaning: to persuade, to convince.
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> With all of this eternal standing ‘in Christ,’ some ‘weak believers’ continue in their licentiousness
ways, knowing that they have eternal life. The result is a ‘Christian way of life’ filled with Divine
discipline, perhaps even a life shortened by sin unto death, and little eternal reward. Go ahead, live
your miserable licentious life, you have eternal life.