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9.3. I only have to believe, then I am saved! – Joh 3:16

Am I really saved when I ask Jesus to come live in my heart? - I only have to believe, then I am saved!
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  • I’m just thinking of an example; how many of us believe we are going to lose weight if we go on a diet?
  • Comeeeee onnnnn! Raise your hand !!! (laughs) Yes we all who have a brain believe that. 
  • Who of us really applies it? If you see that T-bone steak, potato bake, sweet potatoes with mashmallows on Saturday night, that diet flies out the window just there. (Your mouth is watering now, mine too as I writing this)
  • So it is a fact that a diet makes you lose weight, it’s a fact like a cow like they will say in Afrikaans.
  • What will you think of that person, if someone tells you a diet doesn’t work. Would you not think he is really stupid?
  • I can believe how hard, I am going to lose weight; but if I do not apply that diet then I will keep on rolling. (chuckle, chuckle)
  • Well it’s the same with faith, if it does not go over to action; then it really does means anything. Of them the following quote is true. 

Good intentions are only lies the weak tell themselves.

  • Is God lying when He says the road is narrow and those who walk on it are few? 
  • I am certain that by this time in the world 80% of people believe that Jesus existed.
  • Do they also go to heaven?
  • So you can see that faith has a deeper meaning than what appears on the surface.
  • Is it true that God loved the world and that He gave His one and only Son so that all who believe in Him would be saved, but that cannot be that we just believe then we are saved?
    • Let us take verses 3 to 5 of the same chapter that say the following:
    • Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” – John 3: 3-4
    • I think some of us have heard of this that you have to be born again or reborn.
    • Here Nicodemus is a pastor of his time very confused about what Jesus really is telling him, so pastors do not always know all the answers. He thought that you had to go back into your mother’s womb to be born again.
    • But Jesus gives the answer here, you must be born again of the water and Spirit to enter into God’s kingdom. Is that kingdom now heaven or church? This is an interesting study we can do being born again and the kingdom of God.
  • Let us now look at what he says in verses 19 and 20:
    • 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. – Jn 3: 19-20
    • So here we can see that  70% of people being Christians cannot be true, because people love darkness rather than light. Why is that, because their faith are not accompanied by their deeds.
    • If we continue to sin intentionally; then we can surely not love the light. If you have been wondering what sin is, look at Gal 5:19-21.
    • Have you confessed your sins to other people, as he says here that your deeds can come to light. Jms 5:16
  • So we can see here that that faith must be accompanied by deeds otherwise it is a dead faith:
    • 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. – Jms 2:17
    • 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. – Jms 2:19
    • So you can see that the evil spirits also believe, but they do not go to heaven. They were cast out of heaven because of their evil deeds. Why would it not be the same for us.
  • The next verse will make this even clearer to us.
  • If you want to learn more about being a disciple, please send me a Whatsapp +27 79 481 8989.
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