James 2:14-26 (NKJV) What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe–and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
I included the whole passage because James is making the point and the demons reference happens to be right in the middle of the discussion about faith and works. The context is there to show you that just believing (which is a verb also, indicating mental action or decision) in Christ won’t get you saved. I came across another one of those doctrinal discussions on Facebook where one guy is saying that there is nothing you can do to be saved (His interpretation of faith and grace). But back to the point, demons know who God is and He scares them, hence the trembling. But we humans with all of our smarts and brainpower can’t figure out that if you believe (verb) and are baptized (verb) you will be saved. You want a proof? (red letters here)
Mark 16:16 (NKJV) He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. Let me tell you something, if you believe that Jesus died for you and that you have accepted that salvation, your life will change. If it doesn’t, you didn’t believe.
John 3:16-21 (NKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
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