by Pastor David Gray
“These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” — John 20:31
The most elemental definition of Biblical faith is “Believing what God says.” We find this in Genesis when God says that Abraham “believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”
However, Scripture makes it clear that there is much more to the word believe than the mere acknowledgment that something is true.
In 1 John, we read that there are certain characteristics that mark those who truly believe and confess that Jesus is the Christ. Together, they help us understand what the Bible means when it uses the word. They are helpful in examining ourselves to see whether we are truly in the faith. They also serve as a warning to those who say that they believe but continue to live in their old pattern.
The first is that those who are born of God keep his commandments. “We know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.”
Second, those who are born of God walk as Christ walked. “Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way he walked.”
Third, those who are born of God love others. “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.”
Fourth, those who are born of God don’t love the world. “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
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