A Prayer
of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
Edition No. 21          April 1, 2003
The Voice of Jesus
"This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!"
What Jesus Means By "Believe in Me"
The False Teaching
The deceivers are thriving and their victims are perishing due to a subtle misreading of the Word of Truth.The Word states:
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal  3:16) This means, according to Paul: . .  because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.(Romans 10:9) Believing in Jesus thus means to believe something about Jesus, i.e., that God raised him from the dead. Billy Graham concurs: The Bible says that "if we confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in our heart that God has raised Him from the dead, then we shall be saved." Will you be saved?
Baptist statement says: All that's left for you to do is to accept the gift that Jesus is holding out for you right now."If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9) God says that if you believe in His son, Jesus, you can live forever with Him in glory.
Exposing the Error
There are other things that one must seemingly believe about Jesus so as to be saved. Here is another from Paul: For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures (ICor. 15:3) Jesus also mandates that we must believe something about him: ...you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.(Jn.8:24)  By this he means that we must believe he is the anointed one promised by the prophets. Since this is also a belief about him, it is easy for people to assume that this is all one must believe, i.e., things about Jesus. The  Catholic creeds and the confessions, including  Lutheran, Baptist  Presbyterianand Methodist, reflect this thinking. These documents make only limited appeals to the Word of Jesus, their major authorities being other biblical sources, mainly Paul, and statements by church fathers, including Augustine and Ambrose. Appeals to the Word of Jesus are few and are not primary. One could omit them entirely and arrive at the same result! You who recite a creed during Sunday worship should ask: Does Jesus teach this?  
Declaring the Truth
Jesus would have us believe him,not just things about him! This ancient and subtle switch from hearing & believing what he teaches to believing things said about him is deceiving all of Christendom. If one believes Jesus, the correct belief's about him will follow. Here is the Truth: Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (Jn. 5:24) My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me; (Jn 7:16)  The words of Jesus are the words of God, and Jesus is the teacher. The only valid recipe for eternal life is to listen to what Jesus teaches and then believe him, which is to believe God. Eternal life comes only through the words He has spoken:  It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. Eternal life comes only through hearing Jesus. His words are the precepts of God; all else are the precepts of men. Jesus gave the implication of this when he quoted Isaiah:
in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men. (Mark 7:7)