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How to Believe into Jesus Christ

Have you believed into Jesus Christ?

“That everyone who believes into Him may have eternal life” – John 3:15

Have you believed into Jesus Christ?

For many, believing  into Christ might sound strange. You might be thinking, don’t you mean “believe Christ’s words” or maybe “believe in Him?” Or, you may be considering, is there really any difference between believing and believing into Christ?”

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 Jesus Christ, His Son, 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 confessing 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.

You can believe into Jesus Christ right now by praying,

“Lord Jesus, thank you for 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 life-giving Spirit. Praise you, that now as the Spirit, You’re available 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. Amen.”

This post was inspired by John 3:16, footnote 2 in the Holy Bible, Recovery Version.

Here is a short video titled, “Who is Jesus?” that will show you how you can believe into Christ and receive Him into you.

About Tom Smith

Hi. My name is Tom Smith. I'm the writer behind Holding to Truth in Love, and I love the Lord Jesus and His life-giving Word. Please feel free to send me an e-mail through the contact page if you have any questions. I hope you'd take a moment to subscribe to the Holding to Truth blog. Then you'll be sure not to miss a post. Thanks!

5 Replies

  1. cerinavicenciogaloy

    Amen. Praise the Lord! Jesus is Lord. He is an enterable God we can dwell in Him… Faith in Him is believing and receiving Him in our spirit..

  2. Jesus also said that the wicked will go into EVERLASTING punishment, but the righteous into life eternal. So how can i become the righteous?

    1. Tom Smith

      Dan, thanks for the comment and the question, “How can I become righteous?”

      First off, our righteousness can never please God. Isaiah 64:6 says,” For all of us became like him who is unclean,”And all our righteousnesses are like a soiled garment…” This is because we have all sinned (Rom. 3:23).

      However, Christ is the unique Righteous One. First John 2:1 says”…And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.” So if we are to be righteous before God, we must be identified with Christ.

      We simply need to believe into the Lord Jesus, by confessing His name, “Lord Jesus! I believe into You. I receive You. Lord forgive me of all my sins. Come into me and be my righteousness.”

      Then by faith, we enter into union with Jesus Christ, the Righteous and He becomes our righteousness. First Corinthians 1:30 says, “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom to us from God: both righteousness and sanctification and redemption.”

      I hope these few verses will encourage you to take Christ as your righteousness and to enjoy Him as the unique One Who pleases God.

  3. Pastor Makka Atwal

    very nice study i like it i am blessed.thanks for the post.

    1. Tom Smith

      I’m glad that it was helpful to you. I do hope that many more believers would discover that significance of believing “into” Jesus Christ.

      Such a believing is not just to agree with the teachings of the Christian faith, but to receive the Lord as our life and be united with Him in spirit. The reality of “believing into Jesus Christ” brings us into a subjective relationship with Him, in which we abide in Him and walk according to His Spirit who dwells in our spirit. What a revelation! Thanks for the encouraging comment.

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