Unsaved Believers

Many say all you have to do is “accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior” (believe in Jesus) to be saved. But if that is true, why do we have New Testament examples of “unsaved believers” – those that believed in Jesus but were not saved? Here are just a few of such cases …

John 8:30 As He spake these words, many believed on him

v.31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him

v.44 Ye are of your father the devil

John 12:42-43 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

James 2:19 the devils also believe, and tremble

Acts 9:5-6,9 / 22:16 Saul/Paul was a believer for at least three days before his sins were washed away.

Obviously then the Bible does not teach salvation by “faith only” (James 2:24).


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