A selection of verses showing the importance of having faith (or belief) in Jesus Christ.
John says he has written so that others may believe and so have life:
31 but these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.
Peter stresses that there is no other way to be saved:
12 There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven that is given amongst men, by which we must be saved!”
He also tells his fellow believers that they and the Gentiles (non-Jews) are saved through the grace (unmerited favour) of Jesus Christ:
11 But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they are.”
We must believe in the resurrection of Jesus:
9 that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
We are not justified (made right with God) by what we do, but by faith in Jesus Christ:
16 yet knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the law, because no flesh will be justified by the works of the law.
Non-Jews (Gentiles) receive the blessing of Abraham by faith in Jesus:
14 that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Baptism is part of expressing our faith in Jesus Christ:
26 For you are all children of God, through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptised into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
The apostle Paul tells Timothy that the rest of the Bible helps us learn about salvation through faith in Jesus:
15 From infancy, you have known the holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus.
Belief in Jesus involves obeying him and showing love to others:
23 This is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, even as he commanded.