Believing in Jesus is not nearly as hard as having faith in Jesus. When we believe in something, we are acknowledging that it exists. When we put our faith in something, we trust it. Let's say we talk about skydiving for a minute. As an observer, you believe that a parachute will deliver you safely to the ground upon deploying your chute. When you get into the plane and jump out, your belief turns to faith. After you jump out of the plane and head straight on a crash course to earth, your belief had better change to faith. Belief in the parachute deploying and its use to save your life had better happen. If it doesn't work the way it is supposed to, you will die.
There are two types of “Christians”. Those believing in Jesus and those having faith in him. I hyphenate the word Christian because there is only one true of Christian, not two. One group thinks that they are a Christian and the other type knows that they are a Christian. Believing in Jesus is one of the first steps towards salvation. You can believe in anything, but it doesn't mean that you have faith in it. Faith is the moment that we become all in. We are 100% dedicated Jesus when we put our faith in him. We have one foot in the water and one foot out when we “believe,” but do not have faith.
Believing in Jesus is the first step.
Hebrews 11:6 NASB And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Having faith is accepting salvation. The gift of salvation is laid out for everyone to receive freely. Believing in Jesus is acknowledging who he is. Having faith in Jesus is accepting his free gift. There is some confusion among “Christians” as to salvation. Salvation is not only believing in who Christ is but having faith in what he has done. Anything other than having salvation will not get you into Heaven. It is crucial that you understand the difference in the two.
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