Two Chairs

If you’ve been reading my posts, you know my story about how I came to believe in Jesus Christ. What about you?

John 3:16 is one of the most well-known verses in the Bible:

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Do you understand that having knowledge about the person and work of Jesus Christ is necessary to believe in Him, but those who have only knowledge, even if they believe those facts to be true, believe only in knowledge? They do not believe in Jesus Christ.

Do you understand the difference?

One of my pastors has used the example of a chair. You may
see the chair and believe it exists, but until you sit on the
chair and rest there, you are not believing in it.

Notice there’s no chair in the middle. There is no middle ground regarding belief in Jesus. You either believe in Him or you do not.

I quoted John 3:16. Here is John 3:17-18:

For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Grace to You, the ministry of John MacArthur, has an online tract with further Bible verses and explanation.  It is titled, “Who Do You Think I Am?” That’s the question each of us must answer about Jesus Christ.  What is your answer?

Jesus said,

I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Will you believe in Him?

Van Gogh’s Chair, Joseph Roulin: Vincent Van Gogh, Public Domain, via Wikipedia.

3 thoughts on “Two Chairs

  1. I can title an article like” Try out My JESUS!”. Sounds good? you are so right, we tend to see Him as God doing things, when is real He can to show us to the entire earth what a MAN COMPLETELY SURRENDER TO GOD CAN DO. So, I can do just little dutties like ministering to a couple of peers, but my cry is that some day the so called “Christian” name for me would make more sence. “If I do not do the works of my Father do not believe me”. I’m avalible, hoping for His burning fire to use me soon.
    ~Great post!
    Blessing to all there!
    ~Miriam from peelingtheorange.

  2. Hi, Miriam & thanks for your comment!

    Jesus is God doing things. He is not just a man, He is fully God and fully man. He is both. The words you quoted, “If I do not do the works of my Father do not believe me,” are from John 10 and are the words of Jesus about Himself. They are not about us. The works are the works that Jesus had been doing–His miracles testified that He is God.

    There is nothing you, I or any of us can do to earn the name of Christian. The Bible is clear that all of us have sinned, and God is just and right to judge us for the things we have done. We, each of us, have a real and true moral guilt before Him whether we feel that guilt or not. Our sin separates us from Him. There is no way we can please Him or know Him on our own. None of us can do anything to escape His wrath. The message of hope from the Bible in Romans 5:6-8, that I quoted in “Let Light Right In” is:

    For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

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