John: 6:28-29. 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.
I found out that it’s easier to tie oneself around some laws than to live in the liberty of the faith. People prefer to obey a law that will have adverse consequences if they don’t comply than to simply obey a love-based commandment.
The human mind has been subjected to believing that which can be seen than that which can’t be seen. So, a philosophy was generated, ‘seeing is believing’. We find it more pleasurable to believe the obvious than the expected, so, a proverb was adopted, ‘a bird in hand is worth more than 10 birds in the forest’.
Man had trained himself to believe in the visible and disbelieve or doubt the existence of the invisible, hence, the endless and continuous debate about the existence of God.
The evidence that something exist is not in the visibility of that thing but in the ability to believe it does. No one see the gravitational force, yet science has proven many times, its existence. So, whether you believe or not, you are bound by this force.
Man loves to be bound in fear rather than thought the way of Faith, hence, we find out that people do not want to heaven because heaven is good, but for fear of hell.
Here, we see that the church prefers to tie the people to certain rules and regulation rather than train the people to the simple act of BELIEVE. To believe is assumed inferior to actually doing something(works) to show for it according to the arrangements of the church setting presently.
To avoid committing sin, the church prefers to tie people around the law, rather than show people how to believe in Grace. There is only one solution to sin, it’s Grace. Moses gave the law, but Jesus brought us into grace. It is grace that can teach us to deny all ungodliness.
The Law doesn’t have the capacity to make one Holy, but it’s Holy. Grace is the antidote to sin. The law reveals sin but cannot take one out of sin.
So, it becomes important to know whether we will also believe God so it would be accounted unto us for righteousness or try to fulfil the requirements of the law and our self-righteousness addressed as ‘filthy rags’.
To believe seems powerless but it is the power of salvation. As many as received Him(heard and believed), gave He power(right, authority, privilege, ability) to become the sons of God.
The power and the vehicle upon which the gospel rides on is the power to believe. “As he spake these words, many BELIEVED on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which BELIEVED on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:30-32.
Had Jesus told them to go keep the law, the Pharisee would have been much more happy because they are good at wanting to keep the law. Remember, it’s not like they are perfect in keeping the law, no. They were even more deadly.
They lay the weight of the law on many yet, they refuse to carry the burden of keeping the law. And that’s why Jesus refer to them as hypocrites. Matt. 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
They wanted something they could see, so that after they must have seen, they will believe. They need something like sign which will aid there believe system. They cannot seem to believe the invisible. All their mind was attached and rooted in the visible. A sign or wonder will help them believe.
Thomas was also of that school of thought, they must see first, before they believe. Therefore, Jesus said, “Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” John 20:29
To believe is strange to the average religious person. Though he believes in God but he doesn’t believe that God can forgive and have no record of past sin. He believes it was by grace that he was saved, but doubts the fact that Grace will also save him to the end.
He believes in Faith but relies more on works. He says with all religious mind that the righteousness of man is like a filthy rag yet he loves to show God and brag about his works of righteousness.
They are always quick to note, what must ‘I’ do to inherit the kingdom of God? They always conclude, I must do something to be a beneficiary of God’s inheritance. And as good as that way of believe may seem, Jesus calls it hypocrites, blind leading the blind.
The young rich ruler was in that class. He was quick to respond about practising the law from childhood, yet at Jesus’ demand, he broke the very first commandment. Thus showing man’s inability to please God by keeping the law.
On the other hand, Zaccheus was willing to give all he had just because he believed. And Jesus said ‘salvation has entered into his house’. Works won’t earn us salvation, believing would.
People are quick to quote ‘work out your salvation with fear and trembling…’ But they always would not quote or read the very next verse that says, ‘For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Phil.2:13.
The work of God is as simple as believe. We like to burden and heap hard conditions on ourselves at least to make it look like we also are doing something. I like us to be very meticulous and circumspect about our life and conduct, but it must not be substituted for graceful living.
There is only one way to salvation, BELIEVE.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16,18.
“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference.” Rom. 3:22
“For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Rom. 4:3.
” 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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Rom. 10:9-10.
“But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.” Gal.3:22
There is one thing that is required of us to do, believe.
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