Minister’s forum: It’s all in the word ‘believe’
Let us look at the definition of the word before discussing the real meaning for the unbeliever. To believe means to give credit to anything. To be fully persuaded. To put confidence in a statement or promise of. Christians are categorized as believers. We believe what the Bible says about God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
We believe what God says about human nature. As the prophet Jeremiah in the Book of Jeremiah, Chapter 17, verse 8 writes, “the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked …”
As if that isn’t enough to convince you, there is another verse indicating man’s fallen condition. “There is not a righteous man on earth that doeth good and sinneth not,” Ecclesiastics 7:20. The nature we are born with is referred to as the Adamic nature. When Adam disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden by eating the fruit of the tree of good and evil, he sinned against God. The act destroyed man’s perfect spiritual condition forever. The Apostle Paul sums it up in Romans 3:32. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” You can put your name in place of the word “all.”
Have you ever watched an infant exhibit anger, or seen a small child strike his mother or a sibling? My friends, that is clearly evidence of the Adamic nature. Jesus Christ is the cure for fallen man’s condition. John 3:16 reminds us of God’s remedy for sin. “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.” There is that word “believe.” Acts 10:43 reads, “To him all the prophets witness that through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.”
God wants you to believe in Him and the work of His son Jesus Christ. I am reminded of God’s word when He said, “I am not willing that anyone should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
Be willing to change your mind concerning the things of a spiritual nature. Pray to God for the forgiveness of sins. Ask him to give you the faith to believe His word and let the Holy Spirit of God do His work in your heart and soul.
– Thurston Ott is pastor of Snowcross Community Church.