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MEANING OF WORD "BELIEVE" AS USED BY JESUS 8/03 Jesus used the word "believe" a lot. He said that whoever believed in him would have eternal life. What was the intended meaning of the word in his usage of it? He must have intended it to mean more than simple intellectual assent, an acceptance of a fact (i.e. a belief that he was who he claimed to be, belief that he was God, a simple belief unaccompanied by obedience to his teachings). Why? Because we know that even the devils believe, as the apostle James tells us (James 2:19), and we know they will not have eternal life. In his usage of the term he meant it to mean a faith and trust in him that included obedience to his teachings, a faith in him that included following in his way. James tells us that faith without works is dead. And that is a simple statement of the obvious. Common sense tells us that. One of the definitions for the word "believe" given in Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary is "To have a firm religious faith". And it defines "faith" as "Belief and trust in and loyalty to God". These definitions give us the kind of meaning that Jesus intended.