Is Believing on Jesus
the Same as Obeying Him?

Dan Corner



Because of various doctrines of demons, many think they can believe on Jesus without obeying him. This, however, is not the message of the Bible, but a dangerous misunderstanding and spiritual snare. Please note the following passage cited from two different reputable translations:
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure Godís wrath (John 3:36, NRSV).

He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him (John 3:36, NASB).

The King James Version renders this same verse as:
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
The Greek word translated as believeth not in that verse is apeitheo and it means: not believe, disobedient, obey not, unbelieving. This alone makes the crucial point loud and clear about disobedience being a manifestation of unbelief.

Remember also that there are only two types of people which are sometimes referred to as the saved or the unsaved, the sheep or the goats, etc. But in the above passage, these two types of people are either mentioned as those that believe on the Son or those that disobey the Son. In other words, again it becomes apparent that unbelief in Jesus is synonymous with disobedience to him, while believing in Jesus equals obeying him. That is a vital truth we all need to remember because it helps us understand the Biblical meaning of the only kind of belief in Jesus that brings salvation. But the same truth is also shown in the following passage:

And to whom did He swear that they should not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? And so we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief (Heb. 3:18,19, NASB).
Notice again how disobedience is equated to unbelief. Hence, we see again the meaning of unbelief and an important insight about disobedience. In other words, disobedience is a manifestation of unbelief. Can it then be stated that many who at one time truly believed on Jesus are now in unbelief as is made evident by their disobedience? The answer is a resounding yes. Jesus taught:
They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. (Luke 8:13)
Jesus taught a true believer could turn into an unbeliever and consequently die spiritually. This is especially important in a day when so many have been deceived by the security in sin gospel commonly called eternal security or the perseverance of the saints. In other words, a true Christian can afterwards lose his salvation, as has happened numerous times, according to the Bible. To enter Godís paradise kingdom after death, a person who was previously born again must endure persecution and hatred for being a Christian, bring forth good fruit and (among other things) continue to believe on Jesus, which will manifest in simple obedience.

Besides all of the above, remember the following relevant Scriptures:

He [Jesus] became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him (Heb 5:9)

Those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned. (John 5:29)

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