To be a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is an utmost essential that we should understand but, most do not. What does the word “believe” actually mean? Jesus said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” In this verse, “believeth” is the same tense as the word “believes”. It is on-going–a continuous action, evidenced by our loving faithfulness in obedience to Him, with all our heart, soul, mind and body, even unto death. Without this kind of conviction there is no belief in Him; there is no eternal life. It is only a stagnating, temporary preference (going through the motions) that eventually leads to “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity”.
“Believeth”, in the Strong’s Dictionary, pisteuō , pronounced pist-yoo’-o [G4100], means “to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), that is, credit; by implication to entrust (especially one’s spiritual well being to Christ): – believe (-r), commit (to trust), put in trust with.” It is from the word pistis, pronounced pis’-tis [G4102] and it means “persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: – assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.” Keep in mind the word “constancy”. “Pistis” is from peithō, pronounced pi’-tho [G3982] and means “ “to convince (by argument, true or false); by analogy to pacify or conciliate (by other fair means); reflexively or passively to assent (to evidence or authority), to rely (by inward certainty): – agree, assure, believe, have confidence, be (wax) content, make friend, obey, persuade, trust, yield.”
The English word “believeth” is found in the New Testament 41 times. The Greek word “pisteuō ” [G4100] was translated to other forms of the word “believeth”: the other words are believe, believed, believest, trust (one time), commit (one time), believers (one time), believing and committed and can be found in the New Testament 248 times. The word “believe” is in the NT (New Testament) 124 times.
Hopefully, it can be seen that to believe in Him, from a biblical perspective is more than an intellectual understanding. It includes that, of course, but there is more to being a believer than that–a lot more.
The next thing in order is to present some commonly unknown understandings about the Koine Greek and Common English languages. The quickest way to do that is to present you with this 14 minute video:
Now, going back to John 3:16 and the word “believeth” it could be helpful to have a Bible help to increase our understanding of God’s Word. Yes, we have all sorts of Bible helps in the forms of sermons, dictionaries and commentaries but there is another one–a book— available (that I wasn’t aware of and don’t have yet) that explains John 3:16 this way:
“Because, God has Loved in such a manner the satan’s world, so that He Gave His Son, the Only Begotten Risen Christ, in order that whoever is Continuously by his choice Committing for the Result and Purpose of Him, should not perish, but definitely should, by his choice, be Continuously Having Eternal Life.”
The cautions I could receive from readers will be taken kindly. In other words, if it is seen that I’m heading the wrong way by buying and reading Brent Miller’s book, “The Pure Word” please let me know. In the mean while I’ll be obtaining the book and reading it to see for myself if it is helpful.
Either way, getting this glimpse into a better understanding of the words “to believe in Jesus Christ” should give any authentic Christian a clearer vision so that we can follow Him more closely, whenever and wherever He leads. Without a vision we perish -Proverbs 29:18. With a dim and obscured vision we could starve to death. But! If we follow Jesus’ example? “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.1” -John 13:15-17
Let us follow Him!
- This note added 12-31-2018: So, what is it that we should know? Shouldn’t we want to know what it really means to be born again? Have you searched for those two words on the Internet? Save yourself a lot of time and click on the link in this note.