If you will believe that Jesus is God’s unique Son who died and now lives for your salvation (Romans 5:9-10), you can find rescue from eternal death (John 3:16), for “as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name,” John 1:12.  One the other hand, Jesus said the consequence of not believing is to die in sin (John 8:24).  If we believe that He is the Christ, the Son of God, we also believe that He is Lord, having been given “all authority in heaven and on earth,” Matthew 28:18.  Do you believe?

An important thing to understand about the gospel of Jesus Christ is that it is something believed, and in that belief, obeyed (Romans 1:5, 16; 10:16; 16:26; 1 Thessalonians 1:8).  Jesus said in Luke 6:46, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?”

You might say, “Ok, I believe and want to obey, what must I do?” This is a good question. When the people to whom Peter preached the gospel in Acts 2 were “cut to the heart” and asked “men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37), Peter responded by telling them first to repent (verse 38). When the apostle Paul preached the gospel in the city of Athens, he told his audience that God “now commands all men everywhere to repent because He has appointed a day when He will judge the world in righteousness” by Jesus Christ and the surety of this is His resurrection (Acts 17:30-31). Repentance means that, in godly sorrow for our sins, we change our minds from walking in sin and determine to be loyal to Jesus (2 Corinthians 7:10-11).  God is patiently providing each of us an opportunity because He “is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance,” 2 Peter 3:9. The fruits of repentance reveal themselves when we do those things that we, in our change of heart, determined to do (Matthew 3:8).  Do you own a heart of repentance?

We are told about a sad situation in John 12:42-43, “Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.”  We become fully aware just how sad this is once we understand that Jesus said, “whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven,” Matt 10:32-33.  Truly, “with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation,” Romans 10:10.  Have you confessed the name of Jesus?   Click here to continue