What does it mean to “believe” in Jesus? Today, many think of it as just that… thinking. Everything is based upon what we cognitively “know” in our heads. When we explain to someone that we believe in Jesus we usually go about it in making declarations on certain beliefs we hold about Jesus such as… some may say he was born of a virgin, he is the Son of God, and he died and rose again. And this is what it means to believe in Jesus. It seems that what we think about Jesus is all that matters in today’s westernized Christianity. In other words, it doesn’t really matter what I do, as long as I think rightly.
Is this the understanding that some of the authors of the Bible had, and was this what Jesus had in mind?
Was Jesus concerned with what people merely believed about him, or by saying things such as, “believe in me”, was he calling the individual/communities to stop what they had been doing (repent) and tryout what he was doing?
In the next day or two, I am going to observe this idea we have about belief in Jesus as merely cognitively thinking certain things about Jesus vs a belief in Jesus that has more to do with how we live. Explore the possibilities of believing in Christ and not knowing it, as opposed to knowing about Christ without believing in him.
Primary text will be Matthew 7:21-23 and Matthew 25:37-40.
In the mean time, I would love to read your ideas about what it means to believe in Jesus.