Unless You Believe…

What keeps us from heaven, only our unbelief. Why then is it so hard to believe? It has everything to do with our origin. Everyone is birthed in sin and in the environment of a fallen world that is driven by human and sensual understanding. Paul explained to the church of Corinth, “Natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; they are foolishness to him…” (2 Cor. 2:14) Anyone who is dead in sin does not have the capacity to understand God.

And He was saying to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.” (John 8:23, NASB95)

No man is excluded from calling upon God, the gate of salvation is set open unto all men: neither is there any other thing which keepeth us back from entering in, save only our own unbelief. John Calvin

The Jewish leaders were finding it impossible to believe in Jesus because they were assessing Jesus based on human wisdom and understanding. They had determined that Jesus was not the Messiah and that He should be rejected. Believing in Jesus had become foolishness to them. The problem is that in rejecting Jesus they would remain dead in their sin of rejection and never see eternal life. When Jesus came to Martha at the death of her brother Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,” (John 11:25, NASB95) and Martha declared her faith, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.” (John 11:27, NASB95) The one who believes in Jesus is born again or literally born from above and now they live and can see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). What does your spiritual birth certificate say? Born from below or Born from above? Make sure you believe in Jesus and are born from above so that you may receive eternal life.