New Testament: John 3.18
To read the Bible in a year, read John 3.1–21 on May 10, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022
By Don Ruhl
You can be baptized, you can repent of your sins, you can be an active member of the church, you can read and meditate in the word of the Lord daily, but if you do not believe with all your heart that Jesus is the Son of God, you are still missing out, as he taught:
“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
– John 3.18
This is why in Mark 16.16, Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” He was not denying the place of baptism in salvation in the second part of that sentence, but he taught that if you do not believe in the first place, it does not matter whether you have been baptized; you are lost.
- Do you believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God?
- Have you been baptized?
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