“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God
which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of God
which effectually worketh also in you that believe” (1 Th.2:13).
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath”
“Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my
“The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise” (Pr.15:31).
“The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge”
2. The step of mental assent. A man must agree that the message is true, that the facts of the case are thus and so. But
this is not enough. Mere agreement does not lead to action. Many a person knows that something is true, but he does not
change his behavior to match his knowledge. For example, a man knows that eating too much harms his body, but he may
continue to eat too much. He is a double-minded man: he agrees to the truth and knows the truth, but he does nothing about
it. This man still does not have faith, not the kind of faith that the Bible talks about.
“Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify
your hearts, ye double minded” (Jas.4:8).
“And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is
your own?” (Lk.16:12).
“Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s
table, and of the table of devils” (1 Cor.10:21).
“Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty” (Hos.10:2).
3. The step of commitment. When the New Testament speaks of faith, it speaks of commitment, a personal
commitment to the truth. A man hears the truth and agrees that it is true and does something about it. He commits and yields
his life to the truth. The truth becomes a part of his very being, a part of his behavior and life.
Saving faith is believing in the name of Jesus Christ and committing one’s life to Him. It is trusting Jesus Christ,
completely putting one’s trust in Him, who He is and what He has done. It is casting one’s life into His hands, believing He
will take care of one’s past (sins), present (looking after), and future (delivering from death unto life eternal).
“That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (Jn.3:15).
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see
life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (Jn.3:36).
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath
everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (Jn.5:24).
“Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus
answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent”
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were
dead, yet shall he live” (Jn.11:25).
“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that
believing ye might have life through his name” (Jn.20:31).
“And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I
believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (Acts 8:37).
“To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall
receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:43).
“And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by
the law of Moses” (Acts 13:39).
“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (Acts
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that
God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Ro.10:9).
“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (Jas.2:17).
DEEPER STUDY # 1
(10:16) Faith—Obedience: note that the gospel is to be obeyed. Obedience and belief are synonymous terms when dealing with
the gospel. To believe in Christ is to obey Him, and to obey Him is to believe Him. A person who truly believes in Jesus
Christ will obey Him. There is no such thing...
• as belief without obedience.
• as believing in Jesus Christ and not following Him.
• as believing Jesus Christ has forgiven one’s sin and living in sin.
• as believing the gospel and living like the world.
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