Misunderstood Bible Verses Series – Acts 16:31
Misunderstood Bible Verses Series
One very often misunderstood Bible verse is found in the book of Acts where Paul and Silas were speaking with a Philippian jailer who asked them what he must DO to be saved, to which they replied:
“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:31)
Is the Bible really teaching that we can make something happen just by believing it? Consider these situations for example:
- I believe I am a millionaire.
- I believe I am president of the United States.
- I believe I can jump from the earth to the moon.
- I believe in Jesus, that he was a good moral man and a great teacher but my Jesus never died on a cross but I still believe in Jesus so I will be saved right?
I can believe that I am a descendant of Abraham Lincoln but that does not make it so. Similarly, you can believe you are a child of God but that does not make it so. GOD Himself has to make it so for it to be so:
“For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake” (Philippians 1:29)
To believe in the real Jesus of the Bible, to believe all He claims to be, to believe in him “with knowledge” as a son believes in his father, requires an ACT OF GOD – the spiritual birth!
“Ye must be born again! (John 3:7)
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Christ Died For The Ungodly
by Horatius Bonar
The divine testimony concerning man is, that he is a sinner. God bears witness against him, not for him; and testifies that "there is none righteous, no, not one"; that there is "none that doeth good"; none "that understandeth"; none that even seeks after God, and, still more, none that loves Him (Psa. 14:1-3; Rom. 3:10-12). God speaks of man kindly, but severely; as one yearning over a lost child, yet as one who will make no terms with sin, and will "by no means clear the guilty." <continued>