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Two Ways to Believe in God

Martin LutherHow do you believe in God? Some believe about and others believe in God. Martin Luther explains his thoughts on this below:

There are two ways to believe. The first way is to believe about God, meaning we believe that what is taught about God is really true. It’s similar to believing that what is taught about the devil or hell is true. This type of belief is more a statement of knowledge than an expression of faith.

The second way is to believe in God. This not only includes believing that what is taught about God is true, but also includes trusting him and daring to be in relationship with him. It means believing without any doubt that he really is who he says he is, and he will do all he says he will do. I wouldn’t believe any person to this same degree, no matter how highly others might praise him. It’s easy to believe that someone is godly, but it’s another matter to rely completely on him.

Those who believe in God believe everything written about God in Scripture. They dare to believe this in life and in death. This faith makes them true Christians and gives them everything they desire from God. A person with an evil, hypocritical heart can’t have this type of faith, for it’s a living faith, as described in the first commandment: “I am the LORD your God. . . . You shall have no other gods” (Exodus 20:2–3).

Therefore, the little word in is well placed and should be carefully noted. We don’t say, “I believe God the Father,” or “I believe about God the Father,” but “I believe in God the Father, in Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit.” Only God can give us this type of faith.

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  1. I guess Paul must have gotten it wrong.
    “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” – Galatians 3:6

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  2. Any thoughts on Deitrich Bonhoeffer?

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    • Here is one of my favorite quotes from Bonhoeffer: “The price we are having to pay today in the shape of the collapse of the organized church is only the inevitable consequence of our policy of making grace available to all at too low a cost. We gave away the Word and sacraments wholesale, we baptized, confirmed, and absolved a whole nation without condition. Our humanitarian sentiment made us give that which was holy to the scornful and unbelieving…. But the call to follow Jesus in the narrow way was hardly ever heard.”

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      • Excellent. He once reportedly said that “…faith without works is not faith at all, but a simple lack of obedience to God…” Deitrich Bonhoeffer, as quoted by Eric Metaxas and Timothy J. Keller

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