READ JOHN 3:31–36
The phrase “I believe” is repeated several times in the Apostles’ Creed. It’s believed that the apostles developed a statement of faith to give churches doctrinal direction and foundation. Today, the Apostles’ Creed is cited in poetry, music, and a variety of services as a reminder of the early faith of the Christian fathers. No doubt, faith and belief in God and His Kingdom is a primary aspect of Christianity. Aligning oneself with Jesus as personal Savior is a non-negotiable. John makes this clear in his Gospel.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them (John 3:36).
Believing in Jesus as the Savior of the world and the only way back to the Father is foundational doctrine to a Christian. Once faith in Jesus is established, then living it out becomes the natural progression. Water baptism is a Biblical next step in declaring Jesus as Lord and Savior. When a believer is baptized, he is openly declaring his faith in Jesus. Thankfully, the good news according to John is, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.”
Thought for Today: Faith in Jesus is the starting block of a lifelong race. Living for Him every day leads to the finish line.