Believe, Faith, Action, Gospel.

Believe in Jesus, and you will be saved. Not works. But works will justify your believe as that is the natural result of believe.
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

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Believe
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http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/believe
–verb (used without object)
1. to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so: Only if one believes in something can one act purposefully.

–verb (used with object)
2. to have confidence or faith in the truth of (a positive assertion, story, etc.); give credence to.
3. to have confidence in the assertions of (a person).
4. to have a conviction that (a person or thing) is, has been, or will be engaged in a given action or involved in a given situation: The fugitive is believed to be headed for the Mexican border.
5. to suppose or assume; understand (usually fol. by a noun clause): I believe that he has left town.

—Verb phrase
6. believe in,
a. to be persuaded of the truth or existence of: to believe in Zoroastrianism; to believe in ghosts.
b. to have faith in the reliability, honesty, benevolence, etc., of: I can help only if you believe in me.

Related Words for : believe
conceive, consider, think, trust

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What is the opposite of believe?
Doubt.
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http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/doubt
–verb (used with object)
1. to be uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to believe.
2. to distrust.
3. Archaic. to fear; be apprehensive about.

–verb (used without object)
4. to be uncertain about something; be undecided in opinion or belief.

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faith
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Use faith in a Sentence
–noun
1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.
2. belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
4. belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.
5. a system of religious belief: the Christian faith; the Jewish faith.
6. the obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement, etc.: Failure to appear would be breaking faith.
7. the observance of this obligation; fidelity to one’s promise, oath, allegiance, etc.: He was the only one who proved his faith during our recent troubles.
8. Christian Theology. the trust in God and in His promises as made through Christ and the Scriptures by which humans are justified or saved.

John 3:15-18,35
15That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
36He 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.

I feel more often than not, the word believe is mis-understooded by many people or portrayed in the wrong manner when the gospel is preached.

“Believe in Jesus and you will be saved!”
I believe what… and he goes off about doing his own way. What about the reciprocal action?
Does the person truly believe then? The action says otherwise.

Look at the accounts of the devils during Jesus time.
The devils believe in Jesus, and their actions prooved their believe. The devils responded to the believe and reacted.
They either begged for mercy or fled.
The people believed and come to him for healing.

In the bible, believe is always prooven with a reciprocal action.
Even in our daily life, believe is prooven with action.
You believe the chair can be sat on, thus you sit!
You believe the bus brings you to the destination stated, you board the bus to the destination!
Do you believe in Jesus and the destination he is going to bring you to? Heavens.
If you do believe, get onboard the Gospel Train! See? There is an action!
Thus if a person who says he believe, and there is no action, it is not believe.

A famous account is when Abraham was tested by God on his believe.
Genesis 22:1-24 an account from the Hebrew Bible in which God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac, on Mount Moriah.
Of course, God stopped him after his actions prooved his believe.

Believe -> Trust -> Faith.
What is Faith?
The book of Hebrews 11 is all about Faith, have a read prayerfully. It is filled with examples of faith AND action.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
To believe in Jesus, God, we need faith as we cannot see him!

James 2:18-22
18Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

But what of those days in the years of our Lord Jesus?
Many seen Jesus, heard him and saw him performing miracles, and believed. By believing, they followed him whever he goeth, and listen to him, and do his will.
John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

Yes, when we tell the gospel, the 1st and foremost is on believe. Reason being
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

But wait, the bible also says many will call him Lord Lord and he does not recognise them.
Matthew 7 records the account of Jesus speech for us.
Matt 7:21 21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Yup! You see the action sentence there? “but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
Not just action, but the correct actions, the will of the Heavenly Father.

When a person believe in the Gospel, the reciprocal action will be to be convicted, conscious of his sin, confess, repent and accept Jesus as Lord of their life and follow him!
Again, the action of believe.

Romans 10:9 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.
This too is an action. Many people will say I believe, action, etc. But when it comes to the mouth …… dumb struck.
They cannot confess Jesus is Lord.
Beware, it could mean the person is still believing on WORKS getting the Salvation.
This too is an action. Many people will say I believe, action, etc. But when it comes to the mouth …… dumb struck.They cannot confess Jesus is Lord.Beware, it could mean the person is still believing on WORKS getting the Salvation.

CONCLUSION
1. Faith without works is dead
2. Believe without action is unbelieve,doubt.
3. Confess with your mouth

May God help us not to just call people to Jesus, which is only the beginning, but also to elaborate on the action, lest we become false guides.

Begin with the Gospel, follow up with the actions, works, and finally the bearing of fruits.

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~ by ymsim on 2010/01/28.

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