For many, believing “into Christ” might sound strange to the ear. You might be saying to yourself, don’t you mean “believe Christ’s words” or maybe “believe in Christ?” Or, you may be considering, is there really any difference between believing Him and believing into Him?”
It may sound strange, especially if you’re accustomed to reading from one of the more popular English Bible versions. Most of the familiar versions I’ve checked say either “believe in” or “believe on” Him. However, believe “into” is actually according to the literal Greek word (eis).
Believing Christ is to acknowledge that He is true and real.
Believing Christ is to believe that He is true and real. In John 6:30, the religionists of His day said to Jesus, “What sign will You do that we may see and believe You? What work will You do?”
They were challenging Jesus to do some miracle—like sending bread down from heaven—in order to prove to them that He was God’s sent one. With them it was a matter of whether or not they would believe that something was true or genuine. It was simply a matter of whether they would acknowledge a fact.
This is similar to Albert Einstein’s biographical statement that he believed in an historical Jesus. Einstein could not deny the vibrant account of Jesus in the gospels, that confirmed to him that Jesus was a real human being. But this did not mean that Einstein ever believed “into” Christ.
Believing into Christ is to receive Him and be united with Him as one.
However, when Jesus spoke the famous words of John 3:16 to Nicodemus, telling him how to be born again, He did not tell him to “believe Him.” Rather He said,
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.”
This is what God is calling all men to do today. He does not merely want us to believe that Jesus is a real historical figure, even one that did miraculous works of power. Rather God invites us to believe into His Son, Jesus Christ, so that we may enter into a spiritual union with Him by faith.
How can we “believe into” Jesus Christ?
We can only “believe into” Jesus Christ because God has made Him “enterable.” For Christ to be enterable for our union with Him, He first had to become a man among men. John 1:14 says, “The Word [Jesus Christ] became flesh and tabernacled among us…” Then 1 Corinthians 15:45 points out that after passing through His crucifixion and entering into resurrection, Christ “became a life-giving Spirit.” By these two “becomings,” Christ has become enterable. He is now as available to us as the air that we breathe. We can easily enter into Him by believing into His name.
First Corinthians 12:3b says, “No one can say, Jesus is Lord! except in the Holy Spirit.”
By simply declaring with your mouth from deep within, “Jesus is Lord! Lord Jesus, I believe into You!”—you enter into Him and receive Him into you as the life-giving Spirit. You’re in His Spirit, and He is in your spirit. You are joined to Him in an eternal union of life in which you’re born of God to become a child of God.
“Lord Jesus, thank you for willingly becoming a lowly man to die on the cross for my sins. Praise you, that after three days You rose victoriously from the grave and became the available life-giving Spirit. Praise you, that now as the Spirit, You’re like the air—both enterable and receivable. Lord Jesus, I believe into You and I receive You as my Savior and life. Thank you that now I’m in You and You’re in me. I’m born of God to be a child of God.”