Day 23 - Do You Have Belief or True Faith? | February Devotional in the Gospel of John

Sunday, February 23, 2020 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

John 12:42 Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

It is very interesting that many people believed in Jesus, but were too afraid to confess Him. They feared being put out of the synagogue. They also loved the praise of people that they gained from their status. 

Question: Were the rulers who only believed in Jesus saved? Answer: No. 

Believing only is not the means to salvation. This is the same mistake that many people make today. Believing is also called “mental assent,” which is simply accepting a fact in one's mind. Believing only is not faith. James wrote, “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!” (James 2:19) Satan and the demons believe in God. They also tremble in fear--which is something a lot of people don't do!

James went on to explain that “faith without works [corresponding action] is dead.” (James 2:17) Belief accepts. True faith acts in obedience to God and His word. Saving faith involves the corresponding action of public confession. “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10)

Reflection Question: Have you been operating in belief or genuine faith? What are some examples of faith (belief) without works?

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