by Jack C. Corcoran
Today I want to ask you a serious question: Do you believe in Jesus Christ? I mean, really believe?
If you believe in Jesus, you believe in the virgin birth; you believe that God sent His Son to us on earth by means of the virgin birth as it is written in Luke 1:34-35
If you believe in Jesus, you believe that He was tempted by Satan and resisted those temptations as it is written in Matthew 4:1-11, and thus He was without sin.
If you believe in Jesus, you believe that he performed all the miracles as it is written throughout the four gospels; healing the blind, the lame, and raising people from the dead.
If you believe in Jesus, you believe that He became the sacrificial Lamb as the sacrifice for our sins as it is written in John 1:29.
If you believe in Jesus, you believe that He suffered and died and shed His blood as payment in full for our sins because the wages of sin is death as it is written in Romans 6:23
If you believe in Jesus, you believe that God the Father raised Him from the dead as it is written in the four Gospels i.e. Luke 24:6 when an angel tells His disciples, “He is not here; He has risen.” Whereby He has defeated death and we, those who believe, will have eternal life through Christ Jesus as it is written in 2 Timothy 1:10.
If you believe in Jesus and believe that God raised Him from the dead, then you should confess Him as your Lord as it is written in Romans 10:9. A Lord is a person who has authority, and control over another person. Is Jesus in control of your life? If you confess Him as Lord, do you obey Him as it is written in Matthew. 28:20 or Luke 11:28?
If you believe in Jesus, you believe that He is the only way to inherit eternal life, that through Him is the only way to God the Father as it is written in 1 Timothy 2:5.
If you believe in Jesus then you believe that you have been forgiven all your sins and cleansed from all unrighteousness as it is written in 1 John 1:9.
And if you believe in Jesus, you believe that through Him you have been made righteous as it is written in Romans 5:19 and you will begin to live by faith because it is written that “the righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:17 and Galatians 3:11.
And finally, if you believe in Jesus, you will believe that Jesus has baptized you with the Holy Spirit as it is written in Matthew 3:11 and in John 14:25-26 where Jesus, himself says that we will receive the Holy Spirit from the Father and that He, the Holy Spirit, will teach us and remind us of the things Christ has told us.
So, if you believe in Jesus, you must believe that you have been cleansed of all sin; that you now live under control of His Holy Spirit; and that you are a light to this sinful world.
“For this is what the Lord has commanded us: I have made you a light.” Acts 13:47
“You are the light of the world…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
So, if you are a true believer, let your light shine. Don’t hide your faith; learn to use the word of God in your conversations. Remember; in Mark 8:37 Jesus says “If anyone is ashamed of Me and my words…the Son of Man will be ashamed of him…”
Let them know who you are and what you are in Christ and if they ask you why you believe, be ready to tell them. Be a true believer.
And my prayer for you comes from the word as well; “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen