Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God's wrath (John 3:36, NRSV).Is Disobedience Equated To Unbelief?
He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him (John 3:36, NASB).
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
The great promise is that if we believe in the atoning power of Christ's death on our behalf, we will not perish when we die. Instead, we will have everlasting life! [Norman Vincent Peale, Amazing Promises, Guideposts Outreach Publications, 2011 ed., p. 16]Folks, be assured that a mental assent in the Lord Jesus' atoning death is not the meaning of believe in Jesus for everlasting life. Demons have that kind of belief in Jesus' atoning death! Again, a saving faith in Jesus is one which obeys or follows Jesus in this wicked world. Confessing Jesus as Lord is also related (Rom. 10:9,10 cf. Jn. 12:42).
And to whom did He swear that they should not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? And so we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief (Heb. 3:18,19, NASB).Notice again how disobedience is equated to unbelief. Hence, we see again the meaning of unbelief and an important insight about disobedience. In other words, disobedience is a manifestation of unbelief. A careful comparison of two other salvation passages will also make this same point:
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25,26)
I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death. (John 8:51)
They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. (Luke 8:13)
Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. (Rom 11:20,21)Jesus taught a true believer could turn into an unbeliever and, consequently, die spiritually. This is especially important in a day when so many have been deceived by the security in sin gospel commonly called eternal security or the perseverance of the saints. In other words, a true Christian can afterwards lose his salvation, as has happened numerous times, according to the Bible.
Besides all of the above, remember the following relevant salvation Scriptures:
He [Jesus] became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him (Heb 5:9)
Those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned. (John 5:29)
We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:3,4)
For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person - such a man is an idolater - has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. (Eph 5:5-7)
... the church submits to Christ .... (Eph 5:24)
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. (Gal 5:24)Much more related information can be found in our 801 page volume entitled, The Believer's Conditional Security. This is the most exhaustive refutation to the teaching of eternal security that has ever been written. It will also reinforce the necessity of believing in Jesus Christ TO THE END for salvation's sake!