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Believing vs Following

Ruth D – My husband believes in Jesus, and he believes God raised Jesus from the dead, so it seems like Romans 10: 6-10 is saying he is saved, but he’s not in love with Jesus. So is he saved?

Dave – We can’t take one passage build an entire doctrine upon it. We need to take all verses in the Bible into consideration before drawing conclusions on questions and issues. Regarding this one, Jesus told people to not only believe in Him but to also follow Him. Many Americans will tell us that they believe in Jesus, meaning that He is the Messiah and died for our sins and rose from the dead. But many of these are not following Him. Jesus said we are to take up our cross, deny ourselves, and follow Him. This means our “self” no longer rules and we live for Him (not that saved people do this perfectly all the time, but they DO do it). If a person shows no signs of repentance or salvation, then I would say they are not saved (but I am never with anyone 24-7 to know this for sure). James speaks about faith without works is dead and that a person would show their faith by their works. This means that if a person has real faith that saves, then there will be evidence flowing through their behavior that a change has taken place. In addition, Jesus told of a man who was “dressed in the wrong clothes” at “God’s Big Banquet in the sky.” Apparently he thought he was saved, but wasn’t.

Having said all that, I hasten to say that I cannot judge your husband by pronouncing him unsaved. It is just too deep for my spirit to do correctly. I would certainly encourage him to read the Word, attend church, and plug into other believers. If he refuses all of these options until his death, I doubt his salvation but I do not sit on God’s Throne. A good question to ask folks is not if they are a Christian, but rather are they following Jesus?


Pat T – I agree with everything Dave says and want to add something I recently read by Os Guinness who pointed out that some people have many obstacles in their life to overcome before becoming true believers, but as long as they are heading in the right direction we should never judge them but encourage them in their journey toward the faith. One’s mate can be such an encourager. Guinness also points out that some may never arrive to the faith but we can’t make that judgment, only God has the privilege to know another’s future.

Alona R – I think you answered Ruth well and your answer should be taken to heart by her husband and many others that we know. Thank you for that explanation – I think I’ll save this for future use!

Gary R – I think its a very slippery slope when people start questioning people’s salvation possibly because someone’s ideas about salvation do not conform to their beliefs or behaviors. Be careful.


Joan – I wonder if you might know the significance of these verses. I’m having a hard time understanding why “the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God” and not directly to God Himself. All my searching has been in vain so far. It seems as if commentators just skip over this. Who exactly are these particular angels of God? Do you know?

Dave – I think if we combine your Scripture in Luke with Matthew 10:30-33, the answer to your question presents itself. Both Scriptures are similar. The context in both is Jesus encouraging people, and that for those who have believed and have told others they belong to Jesus, Jesus will honor that person before both God and the angels. We do not know how many angels there are in heaven that stayed loyal to God, but I suggest that there are billions. Revelation 5:11 and Daniel 7:10 state there are thousands of thousands of angels. So, the whole point of these two Scriptures is to let us know what a big deal this is going to be. This should lessen or eliminate our fear of what others think of us as Christians when we realize that confessing Jesus before them leads to such an honoring moment in heaven.

Mary Could Not Touch Jesus

Ruth D – Why does Jesus say to Mary, touch me not for I am not yet ascended to my Father?

Dave: I’ve had the same question for years. No one knows, therefore any answer is speculation. He is saying that the reason for “stop clinging to Me” is because He has not yet ascended to the Father. Maybe He was preparing her for the fact that He will be disappearing soon and that she needs to have faith and not sight for the rest of her life. Or Jesus may be simply saying, “It’s time for you to go and tell others about Me rising from the dead.” Or, He had to ascend to the Father in order to send the Holy Spirit to her and many others to get the New Covenant going via His Church. I don’t think the issue was mere touching because Jesus told Thomas to touch Him in order to feel His wounds and convince him of actual resurrection. The Greek word used here for “touch” is “cling.” The reason Jesus said this to Mary was because He had not yet ascended to the Father. I think Jesus was saying that a major change was coming. He had to go, so He could send the Holy Spirit to get the New Covenant going, and she no longer could “walk by sight” and needed to learn to “walk by faith.”

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