Misunderstood Bible Verses – Acts 16:31
One very often misunderstood Bible verse is found in the book of Acts where Paul and Silas were speaking with their prison guard:
“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 believe in Jesus, that he died on the cross and rose from the dead 3 days later. I believe we are all sinners. I even said a prayer asking Jesus into my life so I would not have to go to Hell when I die. But I still want to drink booze, sleep with my girlfriend, curse like my coworkers and goof off on the job. But I believe I am going to Heaven when I die because I said that prayer.
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! Which is precisely why the Lord Jesus Christ declared in John 3:7 “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>