He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. Mark16:16 NASB
In the previous verse, Jesus had given the great commission to the apostles. He told them that they were to preach the gospel and then He let it be known that those that hear the gospel and believe in Jesus are to be baptized in order to be saved. The other side of the coin is, after hearing the gospel and a person disbelieves they are condemned. Strong words from Jesus to say the least.
Obviously Jesus wanted people to hear about Him and all that he had done before coming to a conclusion about their belief in Him. When you think about it, it makes good sense that one should not jump to conclusions concerning Jesus. Ones eternal destination relies on an informed decision.
Jesus had told His apostles to go and preach the gospel to all creation. So, what they did was to go everywhere and tell people all that they had witnessed concerning Jesus. Then it would be up to the hearer to make a decision. Today we have the four Gospels to do that for us. So, it would make good sense for us to read through at least one of the gospels and let Jesus apostles or disciples tell us what they witnessed. When we have done that we then can make an informed decision.
Remember what Jesus said; He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. Today read a gospel account and make a decision about your belief in Jesus. If you decide to believe in Him, it is then up to you to make some decisions concerning what you will do about it.
Tomorrow we will discuss repentance.
© 2012 Leo J. Woodman