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Is Belief in Jesus
Really Enough?
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The Holy Bible Says No!




The Bible Says
Christians Have
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Beyond Faith
James 2:17 "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone."
Belief is most important, of course, but if it's all we have, we're dead, according to the Bible. Some of us were taught that belief in Jesus is all we need to be "saved." The Bible starts there, but requires much more. What does salvation really mean, and if believing is all Jesus wanted us to do, why did He tell us to do so many other things? Please read on!

John 3:3-6

3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Many people are raised in the church and consider it home. It's comfortable, as a home or a church should be. But Jesus said we must be born again.

How many of us know the pain and unlimited joys of rebirth, the complete life-changing spiritual emotion that rips you out of the comfort of the womb, and fills you with the joy of a new life? Until we do, we "cannot enter into the kingdom of God," Jesus said. (And, yes, that includes Baha'is who were raised in the Baha'i community, but never experienced the spiritual rebirth.)

Mark 13:35-37

35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.


Luke 21:36

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

First we must believe, then we must be reborn, now we must "Watch," Jesus said, "and pray always."

Watch for His return, "Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping."

Watch and pray that we may be worthy to "stand before" Jesus.

1 John 4:1-3

1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

The Apostle John tells us now to "try the spirits," in other words, check out what someone is saying or doing to find out if he is "of God." Then the apostle tells us how to know the difference.

The Bible tells us to "try" the spirits, not turn our backs on God when He sends a Messenger.

And it isn't difficult at all! In fact, it's simple, given the Biblical formula offered by the Apostles and Jesus Himself.

1 Thess. 5:18-21

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

19 Quench not the Spirit.

20 Despise not prophesyings.

21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

The Apostle Paul, right up front, says Christians should be looking for prophets, not quenching the Spirit and turning their backs on every prophet. Some prophets are true, as Jesus said at the end of the Sermon on the Mount, those that yield good fruit.

The Bible clearly says, with regard to prophets, we must "Prove all things." Then hold on to the Truth.

And while we're doing all of this, we must "give thanks." For this is the will of God.

Believing in Jesus, having faith, is the first step and guarantees "salvation," but there's much more to our spiritual well-being than salvation.

In rejecting these truths, a man once said, "Jesus is enough for me!" Then, I wondered whether that man would be enough for Jesus.

Matthew 7:21-23

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

In Jesus' Name

The phrase "in Thy name" is mentioned not once, not twice, but three times in the same verse (Matt. 7:22), by Christians attempting to show signs of belief in Him -- as Jesus visualizes those Christians to be. Is Jesus talking about people who cling to one out-of-context and misunderstood verse that says only one name is given? Is He warning us not to ignore all those other verses that speak of His many names and His New Name at the time of the end?

How many Christians have given over their spiritual well-being to a priest or preacher and just don't know that Jesus won't be called Jesus in the Last Days? It's right there in the Bible. Don't take my word for it; read it yourself.

Working Iniquity

Ye that "work iniquity"? Christ is speaking to Christians who show all signs of belief in Jesus and even try to convince Jesus Himself that they showed these signs while working wonders in His name. But He says He doesn't know them and says they work iniquity. What could be the greatest iniquity in the Day of the Return of Our Lord? Could it be claiming to be a Christian while denying Him in reality? Could it be putting a stumbling block in the path of others who are seeking their Lord? Could it be failure to do the Will of God for this Day?

Who, in the Christian community, is most likely to fit this description?

Matthew 16:27

For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

James 2:14, 20
14: What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

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20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?




Rev. 20:12-13

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Christ has come. In the glory of His Father. (His new name, Baha'u'llah, means "Glory of God").

And He is even now judging us by our works.


James also said the devils believe but that doesn't save them. There are other things that Christians must do besides have faith.

The vision of Revelation doesn't show Christ accepting into heaven all those people who claim they believe in Him. The latest polls in the USA show almost nine out of every ten Americans claim to be Christian. But how many are truly Christian in Christ's eyes? I don't pretend to know.

By our faith we take the first step to salvation, but by our works are we judged and rewarded. What is the most important work when we hear that Christ has returned, especially if our faith is sincere?


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