Hello Adam S,
How do you define “believe”? Should we just make up a definition to God’s term “believe” or should we go into the scriptures to see how the scriptures use the word “believe”? In scriptures, it is those who do what God tells them to do who “believe” in God. Please visit Believe to see how other scriptural verses use the term “believe”.
Jesus tells us that those who “believe” and put “faith” in John the Baptist are entering into eteral life. How does one enter into heaven through “belief” and “faith” in John the Baptist? John was a prophet who taught the will of God as Jesus did. Those who put into practice John’s teachings, which are Jesus’ and the Father’s teachings, are the one’s who “believe” in God by doing what John tells them God wills them to do.
It is those who do what Jesus tells them to do, which is to obey God, who “believe” and have “faith” in Jesus. Jesus tells us that it is not those who believe that Jesus is Lord, but those who do the will of the Father, as He tells them too, who will enter into life. Even the demons believe that Jesus is the Son of God. That does not get the demons into heaven.
**NAB MAT 21:31 **
Jesus said to them, **"I assure you that tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God **before you. When John came preaching a way of holiness, you put no faith in him; but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did believe in him. Yet even when you saw that, you did not repent and believe in him. "
NAB MAT 7:21
"None of those who cry out, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of God but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
NAB LUK 6:43
"A good tree does not produce decayed fruit any more than a decayed tree produces good fruit. Each tree is known by its yield. Figs are not taken from thornbushes, nor grapes picked from brambles. A good man produces goodness from the good in his heart; an evil man produces evil out of his store of evil. Each man speaks from his heart’s abundance. Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and not put into practice what I teach you?"
NAB JAM 2:14
My brothers, what good is it to profess faith without practicing it? Such faith has no power to save one, has it? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and no food for the day, and you say to them, “Good-bye and good luck! Keep warm and well fed,” but do not meet their bodily needs, what good is that? so it is with the faith that does nothing in practice. It is thoroughly lifeless.
To such a person one might say, You have faith and I have works is that it? Show me your faith without works, and I will show you the faith that underlies my works! Do you believe that God is one? you are quite right. The demons believe that, and shudder.
NAB LUK 4:33
(Demons believe Jesus is Lord.)
In the synagogue there was a man with an unclean spirit, who shrieked in a loud voice: Leave us alone! What do you want of us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.
NAB MAT 8:28
As he approached the Gadarene boundary, he encountered two men coming out of the tombs. They were possessed by demons and were so savage that no one could travel along that road. With a sudden shriek they cried: Why meddle with us, Son of God?
Peace in Christ,