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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Eph 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God


Believe: (Greek pisteuo) The word believe is found 140 times in the New Testament.  Thayer Definition: 1) to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in 1a) of the thing believed 1a1) to credit, have confidence 1b) in a moral or religious reference 1b1) used in the NT of the conviction and trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul 1b2) to trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing something: saving faith

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile…. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed–a righteousness that is by faith

Belief is our response to God’s sovereign initiative of love and grace. Belief is evidence that the good news (gospel) has been received, accepted as true and effective in bringing about repentance and transformation.



Act 16:30  He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Act 16:31  They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.”

Rom 10:9  If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Luk 8:12  Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.

Joh 8:24  I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”

Heb 11:6  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Belief, and confession of what we believe, are products and part of the evidence of God’s loving and graceful outreach to us. Belief and confession are a product of the good news of salvation (It is God’s grace alone that is the root of salvation). In a sense  the grace that was released through Jesus’ finished work on the cross is the foundation stone on which belief, repentance and the wholeness and eternal life of salvation (Greek:sozo) rests. It is Jesus’ grace that is the carrier of salvation and it is the response of personal belief that activates personal salvation for each individual. We are saved by grace through faith (trust and belief in God) and not by our own effort or works (Eph.2:8-9).


JESUS DIED TO SAVE US (Greek: sozo) 

Joh 3:16  For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. Joh 3:17  For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.

Jesus died to save us from  the wages of sin; a cursed life, destruction and eternal death. Having said that, there are actually two aspects of what it means to be saved (Greek: sozo);

1) the present “now” component which brings us spiritual life (Greek: zoe), wholeness, well being, healing, forgiveness and  deliverance from evil. etc.

2) the “future” component of being saved from eternal separation from God (eternal death / hell) and the receiving of eternal life with God.

Rom 6:22  But now since you have been set free from sin and have become the slaves of God, you have your present reward in holiness and its end is eternal life. Rom 6:23  For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.



The scriptures are clear; no belief, no salvation. Those who do not believe do not belong to Jesus Christ.

Joh 10:26  but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. Joh 10:27  My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. Joh 10:28  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.

Joh 3:36  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

Joh 3:18  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Mar 16:16  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

2Th 2:12  and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

Jud 1:5  Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe.

A loving and sovereign God takes the initiative of reaching out to people in love and grace. No one can come to know God unless the Spirit of God initiates. Those who reject the message of God’s grace and choose to continue in unrepentant in sin, unrighteousness and unbelief are sadly destined for eternal condemnation. They have rejected the gospel of Jesus Christ which is God’s cure for eternal death, they have chosen not to be rescued by God.



Joh 20:31  But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Joh 11:25  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; Joh 11:26  and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Act 13:48  When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.

Joh 5:24  “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

Joh 6:40  For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

Joh 6:47  Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.

1Ti 1:16  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.

1Jn 5:13  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Again it can be seen from the above scriptures that the evidence that someone has eternal life is that they believe in Jesus Christ. Salvation is not just about being whole and blessed in this lifetime. The greatest gift of salvation is eternal life.



Joh 16:8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: Joh 16:9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; Joh 16:10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; Joh 16:11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

Joh 6:29  Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

Rom 10:11  As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”

Joh 6:36  But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.

Joh 8:45  Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!

Act 13:40  Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you Act 13:41  “‘Look, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you.’

In terms of John 16:8 the sin that the Holy Spirit convicts humankind of is the sin of unbelief. The original sin of the fall was rooted in unbelief in God’s goodness and goodwill.  The sin of unbelief is the root sin of all moral sin. The sin of unbelief is the sin that condemns people to eternal death. Many place a great emphasis on moral sin. Bad as it is moral sin is not the central sin issue. The central issue and root of all sin is the sin of unbelief; unbelief in a good, kind and loving God who is “Abba” Father to His children.



Act 10:43  All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Act 13:39  Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.

Act 13:39  Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.

There is a direct link between belief and the forgiveness of sins.



Rom 3:22  This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.

Rom 4:11  Abraham received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them.

Rom 4:3  What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Rom 4:24  but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness–for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.

Rom 10:4  Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

Righteousness; our right standing with God, cannot be obtained through our works or self effort. Right standing with God comes about though belief in the gospel in which the righteousness of God is revealed (Ro.1:17). God’s righteousness is by His grace and is received by faith and belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.



2Co 4:3  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 2Co 4:4  The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

2Co 6:14  Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 2Co 6:15  What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?

Rev 21:8  But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

New Testament scriptures clearly distinguishes between “believers” who are saved and who have received eternal life, and “unbelievers” who are lost and condemned to eternal death. The call on every believer is to reach out to unbelievers with the good news of God’s love, grace and the wonderful gift of salvation.



Joh 10:26  you do not believe because you are not my sheep.

Mat 23:15  Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you travel over sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes one [a proselyte], you make him doubly as much a child of hell (Gehenna) as you are.

Mat 23:33  You serpents! You spawn (offspring) of vipers! How can you escape the penalty to be suffered in hell (Gehenna)?

Joh 8:44  You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires.

Mat 13:38  The field is the world, and the good seed means the children of the kingdom; the darnel is the children of the evil one,

Act 13:10  And said, You master in every form of deception and recklessness, unscrupulousness, and wickedness, you son of the devil

All of humankind are created in God’s likeness (Gen.1:26) but not all are “children of God” (Joh.1:12). All people have prophetic potential through Jesus Christ to become children of God, as God’s desire is to adopt all those who respond to His grace into His eternal family (Rom 8:9 &15). A defining characteristic of the “children of God” is that they believe and trust in God. Those who do not believe are not God’s children and yet with repentance (a change of mind and heart). In a sense God is out to plunder the “family” (followers) of the evil one and his kingdom of darkness and adopt them into His family.

1Ti 2:3  For such is good and right, and pleasing and acceptable to God our Savior, 1Ti 2:4  Who wishes all men to be saved and to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the Truth.


Act 18:27  When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed.



Eph 1:13  And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

Joh 7:38  Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

Joh 7:39  By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Joh 11:25  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.

Eph 1:19  his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength

Those who believe in the good news of the gospel of grace are sealed with the Holy Spirit who comes to live within them. The Holy Spirit can touch unbelievers but He only indwells those who believe and are “born again” (regenerated) by the Spirit of God (1Pet.1:23). It is through the indwelling presence of the Spirit that believers receive the power for ministry to reach out in love to the lost.



Rom 10:10  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved….Rom 10:14  How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

1Co 1:21  For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

Act 18:8  Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.

People cannot be saved unless they hear the good news and believe. We are all called to mission. We who are saved, are saved only by grace and it is a grace that needs to be shared. When we see someone lost and in sin our attitude needs to be one of love and compassion and  “there but for the grace of God goes me!”  Our mission is to preach the good news of “Abba Fathers” love and grace and call all people to be saved and “born again”. Any doctrine that opposes this call plays into the hands of the evil one who would keep humankind in blindness (2Co.4:4) and darkness.

Eph 5:8  For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.


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The history and life of Abraham is of great significance to all Believers.
He was truly Righteous, i.e. in right standing with God.
If we grasp the truths taught by Abraham’s life we will be blessed by coming into a deeper understanding of what God considers to be true Righteousness and how this state comes about.
An understanding of Righteousness is critical to your maturity as a Believer Heb_5:13
Without true Righteousness we cannot receive the empowering and blessings God has for us.
In fact without true Righteousness we will battle in our walk as a Christian.


Abraham was the founding father of a great a spiritual nation i.e. All Believers who are Righteous and saved through faith Gal_3:7.
This includes both Jews and Gentiles who choose salvation by grace through faithEph_2:8.
The New Covenant is clear that all those who are “Born Again” are spiritual children of Abraham.
The key to his life is that Abraham’s great blessings, promises and Righteousness were received only through faith Rom_4:1-3.
He was the first example of the man of faith, who was properly Righteous in God’s eyes.
It is vitally important for us as Believers to look carefully at Abraham: what he believed, how God responded to him and how he was blessed?
This will help us to understand the way God relates, saves and blesses those who are Righteous by faith.

Gen_3:1-24  The Serpent said: “For God knows that when you eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 
Righteousness by dead works or by faith???
Without true Godly Righteousness and perfection no one can ever come to God, no one can ever be saved.
The Scriptures deal with this core issue of human existence, “What is it that makes us right with God and leads to godly immortality?”
At the fall,  Adam and Eve choose to seek perfection, righteousness and immortality independently from God by doing good and avoiding evil.
They were deceived into believing that they could become as gods through good and bad (works).
However, the root message of Abraham life is that  “Righteousness” (True Right Standing with God) is a gift from God that is by Grace through Faith”
Abraham knew that true Righteousness could not be obtained through dead works based on knowing and doing what is either good or bad.

Rom_4:3-9  What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” ….5  the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.
The Righteousness that is acceptable to God and has nothing to do with our good or bad works, our sinlessness or sinfulness. It is based solely on our trust and belief in God’s goodness and plan of salvation (which is Jesus).
This is the critical truth that all Christian life must be founded upon if we are to experience a right relationship with our heavenly Father.
All the promises of God only come about based on God given Righteousness that is received purely by faith.
Abraham understood this truth, he was tight with God and he was blessed in every way.
Abraham trusted God and God revealed himself to Abraham.
Abraham was given the revelation that salvation is through the gift of Righteousness that comes only through Grace by the faith of Jesus.
Abraham did not trust in his own righteousness, good works or sinlessness as he understood they could never make him perfect enough for God.
Abraham trusted solely in God’s goodness and God’s free gift of the Saviour’s Righteousness that was imputed to him purely by faith.
So how did this revelation come about? What was it that caused Abraham to be so radically different.
There was a foundational event in Abraham’s life that lead him into truth, completely changed him and through him, changed history…..

Gen_14:17-23  Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19  and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. 
Abraham did not just hear about God but encountered Him face to face.
Abraham met with a King called Melchizedek…. well so what, you may ask!
Although not a lot is said about this encounter it is one of the most significant events in the Old Testament.
Many seemingly small and insignificant events recorded in scriptures prove to be amazingly significant spiritually.
This brief but amazing encounter was the foundation of Abraham’s faith and Righteousness.
In Genesis there is no historical explanation of who this King Melchizedek was, where he came from or where he actually ruled.
However we know that the Old Testament always has shadows or types of Christ Joh_5:39.
The Old Testament is actually all about Jesus Luk_24:27 and God’s plan of salvation through Him – if we are prepared to look carefully with spiritual eyes we can see this.
As the saying goes, “The Old Testament is Christ concealed, the New Testament is Christ revealed”.
This is the way to read all scriptures- always look for Jesus and the cross hidden in symbols and types.
We can see these truths about Jesus in Abraham’s encounter with a King who was unknown and only mentioned once in the Old Testament.
Through this encounter the gospel of salvation by Grace, was revealed to Abraham.
The Book of Hebrews sheds light on this most important encounter….

Heb_7:1-3 This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him,  2  and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, his name means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” 3  Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever. 4  Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder! 
This Melchizedek was not just a type of Jesus but he was Jesus himself.
This may be hard for us to get our heads around, but this Priest/ Messiah King was Jesus in everything but name.
This event is the clearest and boldest revelation of the physical Christ found anywhere in the Old Testament.
This physical King, Melchizedek, had no beginning or end (Heb.7:3)…. only Jesus exists in this way, no other.
Only Jesus can be called “The King of Righteousness” and “The King of Peace”, no other can take this role or title.
This Melchizedek was a Priest of the most High God, he was not an earthly priest, he was the heavenly priest, Jesus, described in the Book of Hebrews.
This was an pre-incarnation appearance of Jesus, the High Priest of the heavenly Jerusalem Heb_12:22 .
Jesus, who is not constrained by time, miraculously appeared to Abraham and shared the gospel with him.
For Abraham, his personal encounter with his saviour was a “today, now event”
Abraham had a personal salvation encounter with Christ, even though Christ never revealed His name.
Abraham’s faith was in God’s goodness and love that was still to be fully revealed in a future event; The cross of Jesus.
Similarly, our faith is in God’s goodness and love that has been revealed in a past event, The same cross of Jesus!
We look backwards to the cross of Jesus and have faith. Abraham looked forward to the cross and had faith.

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Gen_14:17-23  Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (or in plain language: The King of Righteousness and Peace  shared bread and wine with Abraham).  
So how did Jesus reveal the plan of salvation to Abraham? It was through communion!Luk_22:17-20.
Although Jesus did not reveal His name to Abraham, He did reveal God’s plan of salvation.
The gospel was announced to Abraham before the cross Gal_3:8.
Communion is an extremely important and spiritually significant act, an act which most of us under estimate 1Co_11:23-29
Jesus as Melchizedek, revealed God’s salvation plan to Abraham by having communion with Abraham right there on the road.
He took bread and wine and shared it with Abraham – “This is My Body and this is My Blood. The New Covenant will come. Have faith Abraham!”
Abraham was given spiritual revelation of salvation as he ate the bread and wine…. his spiritual eyes were opened.
Jesus also showed Abraham the fruit of pure Grace  by blessing him.
Because of the grace shown and the gospel revealed to him, Abraham freely submitted to this King (Jesus).
In those days a king would demand a tenth from his subjects  as a sign of their submission.
Jesus demanded nothing from Abraham but Abraham willingly and submitted to the King.
That’s why Abraham was saved, because he had saw God face to face, heard the good news and this resulted in believing faith.
By the way, the Emmaus Road experience of some of the disciples was similar to Abraham’s, Jesus revealed Himself to them in the breaking of the bread.
Luk_24:30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31  Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.

Rom_3:21-24  But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.22  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,24  and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
You ARE Righteous!
The importance of Abraham’s life to us who believe, is that we are Righteous the same way he was.
The Righteousness of a Believer is by faith in Jesus’ finished work on the cross.
This is the only Righteousness that is acceptable to God.
We do not obtain or maintain Righteousness by doing good works  and avoiding bad or evil.
We reject way of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil Gen_2:17.
We repent (i.e. change our minds) concerning Adam’s decision of using the knowledge of good and bad to obtain heavenly perfection and godliness Gen_3:5.
We do good works because we are saved and loved by God not to get saved nor to maintain God’s love.
When we understand we are Righteous we are able to receive from God, we feel worthy to be blessed.
When Satan tells us we are no good and  separated from God, our (Jesus) Righteousness tells us otherwise…. it’s good news.

Rom_9:31-33  Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it. 32  Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works.
One of the errors revealed throughout the Old testament is that many of  God’s people thought that being good and avoid ding sin made them right with God.
They believed that right standing with God could come about through their SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS.
This self righteousness was based on the fallen notion that God accepts us based on our good and bad deeds – called dead works in the New Testament.
But God hates self righteousness because the spirit behind it is one of pride and independence from God.
God will allow the righteousness of the SELF Righteous to be tested and to be proven to be short of His perfection.
God’s longing is for all to simply call on him for Righteousness that is given through His son Jesus.
It is crucial for us to be established in true righteousness if we are to experience the fullness of the kingdom and God’s blessings.
The mark of a mature believer is that they understand these truth on righteousness!Heb_5:12-13
If you are self righteous you are headed for trouble for God hates self righteousness…..


Job_32:-2  These three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2  But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God.
In contrast to Abraham who was justified (just as if he never sinned) and righteous by faith, the Scriptures tell of another man of God who relied on his Self Righteousness.
This man was called Job. His name means hated! Hum I wonder why?
We all know Job was a upright and perfect man Job_1:1 who suffered greatly because God invited Satan to test him Job_1:8 …  yeah I know it’s scary,…this is not good news when interpreted in the traditional way!
However if we start to look at Job in a correct way we will see that it is actually good news, because the issue of Job is not that God gives and takes away, willy nilly, but that God hates self righteousness.
Job is the exact opposite of Abraham.
Job had heard about God but never saw Him, Job’s relationship with God was distant, fear based and works driven.
Job suffered because he trusted in his own righteousness, Abraham received one blessing after the other because he trusted in a righteousness that was by faith.

Be blessed.

garry@gracelovetruth.com          +27 845562786

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