What does it mean to 'believe' in Christ
Writer: Billy Graham | billygraham.org
The word "believe" in the Bible means more than simply agreeing in our minds that something might be true. It means "trust" — that we believe so strongly in God that we are willing to commit our lives to Him and live the way we know He wants us to live.
Suppose you were walking along a path and you came to a bridge which crossed a deep canyon. You might look at it and believe that it would hold you, and you might even see other people walking across it so you knew it would hold our weight. But so far your "belief" in the bridge is only in your head. When do you really believe the bridge will hold you? You only really believe it when you are willing to commit your life to it and actually walk across it.
It is the same way with Christ. Yes, we can believe that God exists, but God wants us to come to know Him personally. And He has bridged the gap between us by sending His Son to remove the barrier of sin and become that "bridge." To believe in Christ is to commit our lives by faith to Christ — to trust Him personally as our Lord and Savior. Our prayer is that you will come to believe in Christ in that way.
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Take notice here in James 2:19Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.James 2 verse 19 we learn that even the demons of hell 'believe' in the ONE TRUE GOD. Therefore, just simply 'believing' in God does not make a person a Christian.
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. James 2:19
To become a Christian a person must not only 'believe' that Jesus Christ is THE SON OF GOD, and the ONE TRUE GOD, but also REPENT of one's sins which is a continual task because we all sin, AND also to make a genuine personal commitment to Jesus Christ to live for Him. When you do this and pray and speak to Him continually then you build a personal relationship with Him, and you will become a child of God.