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The word believe in John 3:16 is a verb. It comes from and is based upon faith in God. But Jesus didn’t say to simply have faith or say ” I believe” but to actually obey him. Many times in the NT the word believe is used but it is a verb which denotes action, such as obeying what Christ said rather than just a statement of faith. James 2 indicates that faith is expressed by “works” which is exactly what the word believe expresses. Romans 1:16 &17 is a perfect example of this -

“16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

Paul is indicating that belief is equivalent to obedience. Jesus own words in John 3 are also saying this as well. But we can stop this debate about the Roman Road if we consider that the Apostle Paul was writing this letter to Roman belivers. The book of Acts, that so many skip to get to the Roman Road, is the origin of the church, where the Apostles preached what Jesus told them to preach in His finals words in Matthew 28, Mark 16, and Luke 24. The Epistles are letters written for encouragement and spiritual growth for the born again beleiver. Romans 10 is referencing the fact that the Jews were struggling with Jesus as their Messiah who had completed the Law of Moses by his death, burial,and resurrection. Go back to the Book of Acts read it slowly and carefully and you will find that the Apostles preached exactly what Jesus said to preach- the New Birth which is two-fold — water and Spirit — by repentance, water baptism in Jesus name and the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Yours in Christ. Ronald.

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