How to believe “into” Jesus Christ

For many, believing “into Christ” might sound strange to the ear. You might be saying to yourself, don’t you mean “believe Christ’s words” or maybe “believe in Christ?” Or, you may be considering, is there really any difference between believing Him and believing into Him?”

It may sound strange, especially if you’re accustomed to reading from one of the more popular English Bible versions. Most of the familiar versions I’ve checked say either “believe in” or “believe on” Him. However,  believe “into” is actually according to the literal Greek word (eis).

Believing Christ is to acknowledge that He is true and real.

Believing Christ is to believe that He is true and real. In John 6:30, the religionists of His day said to Jesus, “What sign will You do that we may see and believe You? What work will You do?”

They were challenging Jesus to do some miracle—like sending bread down from heaven—in order to prove to them that He was God’s sent one. With them it was a matter of whether or not they would believe that something was true or genuine. It was simply a matter of whether they would acknowledge a fact.

This is similar to Albert Einstein’s biographical statement that he believed in an historical Jesus. Einstein could not deny the vibrant account of Jesus in the gospels, that confirmed to him that Jesus was a real human being. But this did not mean that Einstein ever believed “into” Christ.

Believing into Christ is to receive Him and be united with Him as one.

However, when Jesus spoke the famous words of John 3:16 to Nicodemus, telling him how to be born again, He did not tell him to “believe Him.”  Rather He said,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.”

This is what God is calling all men to do today. He does not merely want us to believe that Jesus is a real historical figure, even one that did miraculous works of power. Rather God invites us to believe into His Son, Jesus Christ, so that we may enter into a spiritual union with Him by faith.

How can we “believe into” Jesus Christ?

We can only “believe into” Jesus Christ because God has made Him “enterable.” For Christ to be enterable for our union with Him, He first had to become a man among men. John 1:14 says, “The Word [Jesus Christ] became flesh and tabernacled among us…” Then 1 Corinthians 15:45 points out that after passing through His crucifixion and entering into resurrection, Christ “became a life-giving Spirit.” By these two “becomings,” Christ has become enterable. He is now as available to us as the air that we breathe. We can easily enter into Him by believing into His name.

First Corinthians 12:3b says, “No one can say, Jesus is Lord! except in the Holy Spirit.

By simply declaring with your mouth from deep within, “Jesus is Lord! Lord Jesus, I believe into You!”—you enter into Him and receive Him into you as the life-giving Spirit. You’re in His Spirit, and He is in your spirit. You are joined to Him in an eternal union of life in which you’re born of God to become a child of God.

“Lord Jesus, thank you for willingly becoming a lowly man to die on the cross for my sins. Praise you, that after three days You rose victoriously from the grave and became the available life-giving Spirit. Praise you, that now as the Spirit, You’re like the air—both enterable and receivable.  Lord Jesus, I believe into You and I receive You as my Savior and life. Thank you that now I’m in You and You’re in me. I’m born of God to be a child of God.”

This post was inspired by John 3:16, footnote 2 in the Holy Bible, Recovery Version.

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The Key to the Meaning of Life and the Meaning of the Universe

Have you ever asked yourself if there is a meaning to life? I believe that you, like most other thoughtful people have, at some time, posed this question to yourself, your friends, or even to God Himself. You may have considered further if there is more to life than finding a fitting vocation, a compatible spouse, raising successful children and leaving a good name and inheritance to your children. Deep within you may raise the cry, “There must be more to life than this!”

So, in this post, I’ll consider what is the meaning of life and the meaning of the universe in order to locate the key and apply it to our daily life. First, let’s consider the revelation of the Bible and then how to practically apply it.

The key to our meaning and the meaning of the universe is a matter of two spirits—God’s Spirit and man’s spirit.

The key to this meaning lies in God being the Spirit and also in our having a spirit. Without God being the Spirit and without man having a spirit the universe is empty and we become nothing (Zech. 12:1). When we’re ignorant of God, the universe seems to be full of emptiness. And when we’re ignorant of our spirit, our life seems meaningless. However, deep within, we can’t be satisfied with an empty and meaningless existence.

God is Spirit for man to contact Him, receive Him and enjoy Him—John 4:24.

The good news is that the Bible reveals a definite meaning. First it unveils the unique God. The first verse of the Bible begins, “In the beginning God created…and the Spirit of God was brooding” (Gen. 1:1, 2b). The Scriptures firstly reveal God who is Spirit. This revelation of the Spirit of God is progressive from the beginning to the end of the Bible.

God passed through a long process, including the steps of Christ’s incarnation, death and resurrection, to ultimately reach us as “the Spirit,” the life-giving Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus Christ (John 7:39; 1 Cor. 15:45; Phil. 1:19). In my last post “Enjoying Constant Salvation by the Bountiful Supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,” I presented this Spirit, with all His riches for us to apply. As such a Spirit, God is now available for us to contact, receive, and enjoy. In fact, in the Gospel of John you can see that the real worship to God is to drink Him as the Spirit, as the rivers of living waters (John 4:24, 14; 7:37-39). Continue reading

Enjoying Constant Salvation by the Bountiful Supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ

Are you satisfied with just having a salvation for when you die?  What about your daily life? Such a salvation is not enough to overcome the difficulties of human life.

It’s definitely good to know that you won’t perish in the lake of fire, but that doesn’t help very much when you’re in today’s difficult situations.

With so much anxiety in the world—marriage problems, family problems, job and financial problems and health problems—how can anyone live a joyful life? We don’t merely need an eternal salvation, but a salvation in specific encounters, and in the ordinary things of our daily life. Is there such a salvation?

Constant Salvation, not just Eternal Salvation

Yes. But I don’t mean that you repeat “the sinner’s prayer” every day. I mean you can enjoy a continual and progressive experience of the salvation you’ve already received. The salvation we receive from God is not just an event in our life—like “I got saved twenty years ago.” It’s actually the wonderful person of Jesus Christ Himself coming into us to be our salvation continually. In fact, the name “Jesus” actually means “Jehovah the Savior” or “the salvation of Jehovah.” All the salvation we need is in this wonderful Person Himself.

Yes, we appreciate the eternal salvation God gives to us by faith in His Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16). But the Bible also reveals an instant, constant and even daily salvation in the life of Christ (Phil 1:19; 2:12; Rom. 5:10).

The apostle Paul referred to this kind of salvation when he told the Philippian believers that He knew that his unjust suffering in Roman imprisonment would “turn out to salvation through their petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:19).

By that time, Paul had already been saved for many years. Yet, he said that his present difficult circumstance would “turn out to salvation.” To what kind of salvation was he referring? It was a salvation from being put to shame in his abased situation, saved to magnify Christ in all kinds of hardships, saved to “live Christ” even while awaiting his expected martyrdom (vv. 19-21). Continue reading