What Faith In Christ Means

                                WHAT FAITH IN CHRIST  MEANS 
                                    John 3:16-21

INTRO: Much is said about "believing in Christ." Just what must
one believe to be a true "be­liever in Christ?" How can our faith be
tested so we may know that we truly believe in him? We must
believe in sev­eral things in order to truly believe in this one great truth.

I. MUST BELIEVE IN THE DEITY OF CHRIST 
    A. Not enough that Jesus were merely a "good man." 
        1
. Must believe and accept his deity. 
    B. Evidences of Christ's deity. 
        1. Equal with God (Phil. 2:5-6; John ; ; Heb. 1:8-14). 
        2. Was the Word, which was God (John 1:1; Rev. 19:13). 
        3. God manifest in the flesh (1 Tim. ). 
        4. Denial of these brings condemnation (John ).

II. MUST BELIEVE IN THE HUMANITY OF CHRIST 
    A. Fundamental requirement of real faith in him. 
        1. Again, "the Word was made flesh" (John ). 
    B. Evidences of his humanity. 
        1. Must confess that he was flesh (1 John 4:1-3). 
        2. Again, note 1 Tim. 3:16f. 
        3. Without being flesh, could not mediate (1 Tim. 2:5-6). 
        4. Subject to human temptations (Heb. ).

III. MUST BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF HIS BLOOD 
    A. What his does: 
        1. "Justified ... through faith in his " (Rom. -25). 
    B. Animal no longer acceptable; could not do what Christ's did. 
        1. His atones for our sin (Heb. -14). 
        2. It cleanses (1 John 1:7). 
        3. It redeems (Eph. 1:7). 
        4. Denial of these removes possibility of sins being remitted.

IV. MUST BELIEVE IN HIS RESURRECTION 
    A. Salvation dependent on Christ's resurrection. 
        1. If he could not conquer , we have no hope of doing so. 
    B. Unless Christ was raised: 
        1. We have no hope (1 Cor. -17). 
        2. Apostles were false witnesses (1 Cor. 15:5-8). 
            i. Their testimony was untrue; the gospel worthless. 
        3. Our faith is vain (1 Cor. ). 
        4. We are yet in our sins (1 Cor. ). 
        5. Faith in his resurrection a condition of salvation ( Rom. 10:9-10). 
    C. What the resurrection really is: 
        1. Supreme evidence that Christ was who he said he was. 
        2. Undeniable evidence that he was the Son of God.

V. MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS LORD AND CHRIST 
    A. Faith in the fact of his glorification. 
        1. At God's right hand (Heb. 1:3; 1 Pet. ). 
        2. Peter preached this on Pentecost (Acts ). 
    B. Jesus' claims after his resurrection. 
        1. All power is his (Matt. 28: 18-20). 
        2. Over all things (Eph. -23). 
        3. Raised to sit on David's throne (Acts 2:30; Lk. 1:32-33). 
        4. One lawgiver (Jas. ). 
        5. One judge (John ).

CONCLUSION: How about your faith in Christ? Does it
contain these things? If not, it is not the kind of faith the
Lord requires, and therefore will be ineffectual. All of us
need to "increase our faith" (Lk. 17:5).