Day 13: Whoever Believes

I Believe in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord

READ

John 3:16–21

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.

MEDITATE

Today let us focus on this core word in the creed, “believe.” Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord? Write out the celebrated verse of John 3:16 on the page below. In place of “the world” put a blank line. Now insert your name in the blank and read the passage aloud three times. Do you believe it? Place an x mark on the continuum below representing where you find yourself.

I do not believe———————I believe

REFLECT

It is not enough then to have some vague knowledge of Christ, or to engage in airy speculations, as they say, and to be able to talk a lot about him, but he must have his seat in our hearts within, so that we are unfeignedly joined to him, and with true affection.

—From Notes on Ephesians
John Calvin

ASK

Express your questions, doubts, curiosities, and conundrums.

AFFIRM

Write any fresh affirmation stirring in your heart and mind from today.

Now affirm the Apostles’ Creed aloud:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord . . .