Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. For [he’s giving us the reason now], you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way...
The gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. Romans 1:16 (NIV)
What difference does believing in Jesus actually make in a person’s life? And how exactly does it make a difference? If a person who did not believe in Jesus becomes a person who now believes in him, what else changes? What difference would this make?
Many people are asking a question that goes something like this: “Is the difference between a person who goes to heaven and a person who goes to hell simply that the person who goes to heaven believes certain things that the other person does not?”
Is there something else that makes a person in Christ different from a person who belongs to the world? It can’t just be a difference in belief, because even the devil believes. Are we basically all the same except that a Christian believes certain things about Jesus, or is there something more? And if there’s more, what is it? What makes the person who believes in Christ different?
Or to frame the question another way, the Bible says that the gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (1:16). Power means that something more than forgiveness is involved in our salvation.
What has happened to you that could only be explained by an intervention of God’s power?