The Essential of Believing

The Essential of Believing


The word believes appears seven times in 11th chapter Gospel of John verses 11:15, 11:25, 11:26, 11:27, 11:40, 11:41, 42, 11:45, and 11:48. Nelison New Illustrated Bible Dictionary define believe ,” to place one’s trust in God’s truth; one who takes God at His word and trusts in Him for salvation. A belief that saves is one that rests in the finished work of Christ; it trusts God alone for salvation. Believers are those who have trusted God with their will as well as their mind. “ The Greek word I pisteuo (πιστεύωis a verb the  noun is peitho the Adjective is pistos meaning  “to be persuaded of,” and hence, “to place confidence in, or trust in,  or having faith. In short, Faith is believing that Christ is what He is said to be, and that He will do what He has promised to do, and then to expect this of Him.

11:15 I’m glad for you that I wasn’t there so that you may believe the Greek word is πιστεύσητε found three times It means Strengthen  their faith in Jesus  three times in New Testament  Since the disciple already believe Jesus able performed miracles where Jesus turned water into wine at the Cana wedding found 2:11 John MacArthur wrote  The resurrection of Lazarus was designed to strengthen His disciples’ faith in Him as the Messiah and Son of God in the face of the strong Jewish rejection of Him. They were able to endure sever persecution because they witness resurrection of Lazarus who dead for four days who was buried in a grave. 

11:25 Everyone who lives and believes the Greek word is pisteuōn is mentioned 24 times in New Testament in John 3;;15-18 the pisteuon is four times 3:15 that whoever believes will in Him have eternal; 3:16 that whoever believes {pisteuei} in Him shall not perish, 3:18 He who believes {piteuon} in Him is not judged; and he who does not believe {piteuon} has been judged. John MacArthur wrote This phrase (lit. “To believe into the name”) means more than mere intellectual assent to the claims of the gospel. It includes to trust and commitment to Christ as Lord and Savior which result in receiving a new nature. In short, if than If you trust His name, you trust Him. 11:26 Do you believe {pisteuei} this?”

11:27 “I believe {pepisteuka} Convince or persuaded without doubt You are the Messiah, the Son of God, refers to something that began in the past and has continuing results further believing, It only mention twice in  2 Timothy 1:12  John 11:27  John Calvin wrote.” Now when Martha confesses that it was he who was to come into the world, she strengthens her faith by the predictions of the prophets. Hence it follows, that we ought to expect from him the full restoration of all things and perfect happiness; and, in short, that he was sent to erect and prepare the true and perfect state of the kingdom of God. In  Timothy, 1:12 the Apostle Paul was persuaded that willing to suffer and sever persecution and beheaded for the sake gospel notice that Martha made this confession before Jesus had raised her brother from the dead and not afterwards!

11:40 Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed {pisteusēs} you would see the glory of God? The Greek is pisteusēs means to have faith; i.e., Credit; by implication, to entrust and it found  two times in The New Testament 

In John 11:27  Martha declared that Jesus was Messiah, the Son of God who comes into the world. Christ reminded her of His previous statements (11:25–27) she also stated in 

John 11;21-22 “Lord, if You had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. Yet, even now I know that whatever You ask from God, God will give You.” She also stated in  11:24 that brother would arise in the last days   Warren Wiersbe wrote, “He urged her to continue believe. True faith relies on God’s promises and thereby releases God’s power.                                                          Martha had tremendous faith in Jesus and witness and can testify in how Jesus performed many miracles such as casting out demons, healing the sick, and raising widow son Nain found I

 Luke 7:11–17 and Jairus’ daughter found in Luke 8:52–56.  Any normal person would have remind of the stench due to rotting decay of the corpse.  As Matthew Hendy wrote, ”Dead bodies (saith Dr. Hammond) after a revolution of the humours, which is completed in seventy-two hours, naturally and to putrefaction; and the Jews say that by the fourth day after death the body is so altered that one cannot be sure it is such a person.                                                                                     However, there are times where all believes has moment  of doubt, unbelief, and distrust in Martha mind his brother was truly dead or pastor once stated he really was dead due to the decay and stench. However, this is the evident and prove beyond a shadow doubt   he was dead due to the decaying of the corpse bad odour Exhibited A. Matthew Henry wrote,” Yet this distrustful word of hers served to make the miracle both the more evident and the more illustrious; by this it appeared that he w as truly dead, and not in a trance; for, though the posture of a dead body might be counterfeited, the smell could not.”  Remember Martha remove the stone and trusted Jesus

11:41, 42  because of the crowd standing here I said this, so they may believe you (pisteusōsin} is mention four times meaning is self-serving (without sacred meaning), or the believing that leads to/proceeds from God’s in birthing of faith. Believer Bible Commentary wrote Jesus prayed audibly so that the people might believe that the Father had sent Jesus.  Holdman Bible Commentary wrote The purpose of the prayer was to create faith in the hearts of those standing around the tomb of Lazarus wondering what would happen next. Matthew Henry Commentary wrote,  “But why should Christ give this public intimation of his obtaining this miracle by prayer? He adds, It is because of the people who stand by, that they may believe that thou hast sent me; for prayer may preach.”                                 

And how can they believe (pisteusōsin}  without hearing about Him? And how can they hear without a preacher? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? 

Therefore, many of the Jews who came to Mary and saw what,  He did believed{episteusan} in Him  22 times episteusan is mention in the New Testament

John 11;25- 27.45 : 25 Jesus said to her, “I am( the resurrection and the life. The one who believes {pisteuwn}  in Me, even if he dies, will live. 26 Everyone who lives and believes {pisteuwn} in Me will never die—ever. Do you believe{pisteuei} this?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she told Him, “I believe {pepisteuka} You are the Messiah, the Son of God who comes into the world.”

45 Therefore, many of the Jews who came to Mary and saw what He did believed{episteusan} in Him

The words believe appears seven times in 11th chapter Gospel of John in verse in verse 25 the Greek. The word is pisteuwn to  meaning; to entrust a thing to one, or to have confidence in. To trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing 

In Verse, 27 the Greek word is   pepisteuka meaning I am convinced or to persuade or having the power of persuading, skilful in producing belief.  Trusty, faithful that can be relied on. The word only appears twice in The New Testament John 11:27 “Yes, Lord,” she told Him, “I believe {pepisteuka} You are the Messiah, the Son of God who comes into the world.and 2 Timothy 1:12 and who is why I suffer these things. But, I am not ashamed, because I know the One I have believed {pepisteuka} in and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.

Verse 45 the Greek words is episteusan 22 times New Testament episteusan it uses for example, Matthew 21:32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you didn’t believe {episteusan} him. Tax collectors and prostitutes did believe {episteusan} him, but you, when you saw it, didn’t even change your minds then and believe him. John 11;22 So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this. And they believed {episteusan} the Scripture, and the statement Jesus had made. Mark 16; 11; 13-14 1 Yet, when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe {episteusan} it And they went and reported it to the rest, which did not believe {episteusan} them either.  Later, He appeared to the Eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table. He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe {episteusan} those who saw Him after He had been resurrected

 11:45,  Therefore, many of the Jews who came to Mary and saw what He did believed {episteusan} in Him; episteusan is mentioned 22 times in The New Testament. Remember Lazarus was dead four days and buried in tomb  and decay was setting.  When stone had been roll back the stench would have been unbearable and he wearing was  linen strips and with his face wrapped in a cloth looking like mummy he came tomb. Believer Bible Commentary wrote,” To many of the onlookers, this miracle unmistakably proclaimed the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, and they believed in Him. Who else but God could call forth a body from the grave after it had been dead for four days?  

Note the phase; saw what He did believed {episteusan} in Him {Jesus}  another example would found in John 2:23  23 While He was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many trusted or believed {episteusan} in His name when they saw the signs He was doing. Or 2:22 they believed {episteusan}  the Scripture and the statement Jesus had made. For example, if someone confess his sins to Jesus and lift the burden from them than they would believe {episteusan} Jesus is the Son Of God man of His word you can trust him

11:48 If we let Him continue in this way, everyone will believe {pisteusousin} in Him! Then, the Romans will come and remove both our place and our nation.” 

The pisteusousin appear only once in The New Testament found in 11:48. Even thou Lazarus had been raised from the grave. The Sanhedrin and the Pharisee still refuse believe in Jesus. Even thou they admitted that He performed many signs and miracles.  They were more concern that Roman would come destroyed take away there right and freedom they more concern about their  status. In John, 12:10 The chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death. Because of Lazarus, many of the Jews … believed {episteuon} in Jesus.  F B wrote  Meyer wrote,” The leaders felt they could no longer remain inactive. If they did not intervene, the mass of the people would be persuaded by the miracles of Jesus. If the people thus acknowledged Jesus to be their King, it would mean trouble with Rome. The Romans would think that Jesus had come to overthrow their empire; they would then move in and punish the Jews. The expression “take away both our place and nation” means that the Romans would destroy the temple and scatter the Jewish people. These very things took place in A.D. 70—not, however, because the Jews accepted the Lord, but rather because they rejected Him.”

 Warren Wierebe wrote, “While we thank God for what the Bible teaches (and all Martha had was the Old Testament), we realize that we are saved by the Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and not by a doctrine wrote in a book. When we know Him by faith, we need not fear the shadow of  death.  When you are sick, you want a doctor and not a medical book or a formula. When you are being sued, you want a lawyer and not a law book. Likewise, when you face your last enemy, death, you want the Savior, and not a doctrine has written in a book. In Jesus Christ, every doctrine is made personal (1 Cor. 1:30). When you belong to Him, you have all that you will ever need in life, death, time, or eternity!”

The three key words in turning. Your life to Christ is; Confess {to admitted you’re wrong and God is right}. To Repent {to change one mind or do a 180} Believe {to trust or have faith} in Jesus who came into the world to redeemed mankind from the Adam and Eve curse. Would leads To Forgiveness to be release from  burdensome a tasks  

As scripture declares, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe {(pisteuein} in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Note you believe {(pisteuein} in Him or  in Christ meaning a union or connection between Christ and the believer. 




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s