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What does it mean to “believe” in Christ?


The word “believe” in the Bible means more than simply agreeing in our minds that something might be true. It means “trust”—that we believe so strongly in God that we are willing to commit our lives to Him and live the way we know He wants us to live.

Suppose you were walking along a path and you came to a bridge which crossed a deep canyon. You might look at it and believe that it would hold you, and you might even see other people walking across it so you know it would hold your weight. But so far, your “belief” in the bridge is only in your head. When do you really believe the bridge will hold you? You only really believe it when you are willing to commit your life to it and actually walk across it.

It is the same way with Christ. Yes, we can believe that God exists, but God wants us to come to know Him personally. And He has bridged the gap between us by sending His Son to remove the barrier of sin and become that “bridge.” To believe in Christ is to commit our lives by faith to Christ—to trust Him personally as our Lord and Savior. Our prayer is that you will come to truly believe in Christ.

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  1. Patricia Williams says:

    Believing in Jesus just like He is real. Only faith can causae it to be real.

  2. Charles Berger says:

    The bridge is a concrete example of the application of faith. For me, “believing in” the bridge is trusting that the bridge will hold while I cross.

    For me, the meaning of “believing in” Jesus Christ is not nearly so clear. There are some surviving of Jesus’ words and actions while he was physically alive on Earth.

    We read that he healed the sick, and raised the dead.; He reminded us to love our neighbor, support the downtrodden, discern between temporary and eternal, and to remain open to the power of the I AM. Commanded us to do the wonderful deeds he did, and even greater. I find meaning in these actions and words. “Believing in,” not so much. “Salvation” seems to lie in the change of heart and mind, alignment with God’s purpose.

  3. sparky pierce says:

    Salvation is by grace through faith and not of works. In John6:29 Jesus says the work of God is this that ye believe on Him (Jesus) whom He (God) hath sent. What is the difference between faith and believing?

  4. Minh says:

    How can we, as a Christian, demonstrate our “belief” of Christ Jesus? Example please!

  5. Nchimunya Hamweene says:

    am still confused help me to understand this lesson please.

    1. BGEA says:

      If you’d like to discuss this with someone, we’re happy to connect with you. Visit this link and look for a chat button on the page to talk to someone online from our team:

  6. Rose Smith says:

    I am a believer

  7. K.Cole says:

    What if i am standing just near the bridge i do want to cross, i have doubts,i just want to see myself on the other side then i cross with my doubts and fears, i acually do cross the bridge and have put my life in the hands of the bridge(figuratively) ,i have commited my life to the bridge -does that mean i have believed?

    1. Bob Jones says:

      It’s normal to have doubts and fears. Even mature Christians will have them. But continuing on with your spiritual life will help you deal with them as you become closer to God.

  8. BenNabors says:

    Will Jesus really come into a man’s life and change him? if so how and when will this rebirth take place?

    1. BGEA says:

      Yes, Jesus can really come into a person’s life and change that person! Please take a moment to visit this site to learn more about that. You can also use this site to chat online with someone from our team: