There is more to believing in Jesus than just acknowledging that He is the Savior. To believe in Jesus means that we trust Jesus with the safekeeping of our souls. If we have doubts about whether He will keep our souls safe to the end, then we don’t trust Jesus – we doubt Him. If, like the people who said “Lord, Lord” in Matthew 7:22, we point to ourselves and to our good works, then we do not trust Jesus to keep our souls safe – we trust ourselves. People who trust Jesus rest their whole weight on Him.
This is not to say that people with doubts are lost. It simply means that we can trust Jesus to keep our souls safe. The fact is, we do not always trust Jesus. But the Scriptures tell us that we can count on Him. There is a seldom preached verse that I have come to like a lot that preaches this very message. It says:
“Rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13).
I’d like to break this verse down a bit and that will explain why I like it so much.
When the verse references “the revelation of Jesus Christ,” it is pointing to the return of Jesus Christ to earth. In that day, Jesus will execute judgment upon his enemies (2 Thessalonians 1:8). But He will give us rest (2 Thessalonians 1:7). This will be a terrible day for the enemies of God, but it will be a great day for those of us who love Him.
The verse also references “the grace that is to be brought to you” when Jesus comes back to earth. Though we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8), this verse points to the grace that will be brought to us on the day of Jesus’ return. This points to the fact that God’s grace that covers our sins is ours now, but it will also be doled out on the day of judgment in sufficient quantities to keep us safe from God’s wrath. There is no doubt that we will deserve God’s wrath, because we are no better than the lost, but Jesus will keep us safe by His grace.
Finally, the verse tells us to “rest your hope fully” on the grace that is to be brought to us on the day of Jesus’ return. As we live our lives here on earth, and as we consider what will happen to us in the day of judgment because of our sins, we should rest our hope fully on the grace that will be given to us on that day. The word “fully” tells us that we should not worry about what we have done or might do to offend God, but we can rest in full confidence that Jesus will give us enough grace in that day to cover all our sins. We can trust Jesus to keep our souls safe.