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These words of the Nazarene Master are among the most well-known of all his teachings. Many Christians have been led to understand that all God requires is mere belief in Jesus Christ. Virtually no Christian can quote the following words of the Master. Most are ignorant of the apostle Johnís own commentary on their meaning.
Is mere belief alone all that is required in order to attain everlasting life? What do the following words say? Note how Jesus goes on to show the importance of a faith manifest in works.
“The person believing in Godís Son is not to be condemned. The person not believing has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of The God. Now this is what condemns: Though the Light has entered the world of humankind humans loved the Darkness rather than the Light because their works were wicked. For everyone who habitually does vile things continues to hate the Light, and he will not approach toward the Light, so that his works might be reproved. However, the person doing what is truthful approaches toward the Light so that his works should be made manifest as having been worked in harmony with God.” [John 3:18-21 NCMM]
Jesus taught that it is impossible to separate faith from works. His preferred apostle commented on John 3:16 at John 3:36, “The person believing in the Son possesses endless Life, but the person disobeying the Son will never experience Life, rather the wrath of The God continues to remain upon him.” [NCMM] The opposite of belief is disobedience, so true faith is manifest by works of obedience to the Master.
Abba bless you.
— Mark Heber Miller.
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