“You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” James 2:19
Many believe that there is one God but have not accepted Him as their Lord and Saviour.
“16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 He that believes on Him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18
Whosoever does not exclude any from being lost or any from being saved. Whosoever believes that Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to pay the penalty of sin (death) and now sits at the Right Hand of God shall be saved.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
On the other hand, whosoever does not believe on the finished work of Jesus Christ, is condemned to an eternal hell. The penalty for their sin has not yet been paid.
Whosoever excludes none.
The devil and his minions believe there is but one God yet they certainly are not saved, neither can they be saved. Interesting how so many who profess there is no God are in fact dumber than demons…that’s pretty dumb, just sayin’.
Once we have believed in the Son of God to wipe away our sins, we are called to follow Him.
“And He (Jesus) said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
He is now our Saviour AND Lord. We now deny our self effort to overthrow the sin that has so easily beset us, pick up that which Jesus has freely given (life and life more abundantly) and FOLLOW Him. Our cross is that which Jesus afforded us on Calvary’s Cross…freedom from the power of sin.
Many believe that there is one God, they even have a reverence toward God and believe they are saved. There is a difference in believing in God and accepting Him as our Lord and Saviour. I’m speaking here to Believers and clumsily trying to explain the difference in so many who claim to be saved because they “believe in one God” yet in their hearts they have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. We encounter them everyday and know them by their fruits. With their mouths they worship “one God” but their hearts are far from Him because they are not following the Lord Jesus Christ…Jesus is not their Lord.
“20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the Will of My Father which is in Heaven.
22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? and in Thy Name have cast out devils? and in Thy Name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:20-23
Since you have believed on Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, have you followed Him? Before answering too quickly, we must first determine whether we have denied our self efforts to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil. Until we deny our self, it is impossible to follow Him.
He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Jesus Christ. Whom have you followed to the throne of God, precepts of man or the Word of God?
-Donna Clark Warren