Belief Unto Salvation

All throughout the New Testament it is shown that belief is necessary for salvaion. In fact, it is all that is necessary. That makes belief a powerful agent.

Acts 16:31: And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

But there are obviously different kinds of belief for the devils believe too and they are not saved. “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” James 2:19.

There is a belief unto death and a belief unto salvation. As in so many things in the Christian realm there are things that mean one thing in one realm and an entirely different meaning in the other. I am speaking about the temporal, earthly, soulish realm versus the eternal, heavenly, spiritual realm.

There is an earthly knowing, and a heavenly knowing, there is an earthly mind and a heavenly mind, there is a earthly love and a heavenly love. I would venture that for every thing in heaven there is a earthly counterpart that is its perversion, corrupted as it is by sin.

There is an earthly belief and a heavenly belief too. There is a believing that saves and believing that condemns.

The belief that does not save is a mere intellectual assent, an agreeing with the facts. Your mind may be able to see, understand and agree that Jesus died for your sins, but that is only a mental process. The belief is real when you begin to live according to the belief. Faith without works is dead. Faith expresses, belief expresses, and the Holy Spirit if He lives in you expresses.

This is what Jesus meant when He said, “By their fruit you will know them.” You can’t judge a book by its cover by you can judge a person by their fruit. If there is visible fruit, there is Life in the branch and the branch is abiding in the vine. If there is no fruit, well, the jury is still in session.

The reality is that if Jesus Christ, God Himself in the Holy Spirit is in you, He is only there for one purpose, to reveal Himself in much the same way He revealed Himself in Christ. It is the seed within that produces the fruit without. Look for the fruit of the Spirit.

Oswald Chambers writes:
“Jesus Christ is not working out the Redemption, it is complete; we are working it out, and beginning to realise it by obedience. Our practical life is to be moulded by our belief in the Redemption, and our declared message will be in accordance with our belief. If we say we believe “It is finished” we must not blaspheme God by unbelief in any domain of our practical life.”

If the salvation of God through Redempton is in you, it is working itself out. God’s Word does not return unto Him void but will accomplish the thing for which it was sent (Isa. 55:11).

Redemption is a process of realignment. You have been missing the target because you aimed at the goals of Satan, Self and the world. To hit the target you must aim at it — the target being the righteousness of God in Christ.

The process of our redemption is accomplished by keeping the will in alignment with God’s will. Keeping in alignment assures that you are working out your salvation.

Are you centered on God’s will? If you move to the left or to the right you will miss the target. Some have shifted so far as to make an about face and lost sight of the target altogeher.

God will never move the target into the path of your will. You must continually seek it out, and with steady prayer, faith and love execute your life like an arrow.

How many times has your arrow hit the target of God’s will? One hundred times?, one thousand times?, one hundred thousand times? Jesus never missed once. If He is given place in you, if you submit to Him and let Him live His life through you, neither will you again.