James 2:19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!
You believe in God. Good. But is that enough? Even the demons believe in God. They believe in His existence, because they know without a doubt that He exists. But do they surrender to Him? Do they get to live in His presence?
How about you? Do you just believe in God or do you surrender to Him? It’s not enough to believe in the existence of God, as we see by the fact that even His enemies believe. Belief that there is a God falls far short of the gospel. In order to live in the presence of God, we have to put our faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. This is where the demons fail. They believe there is a God, but they don’t trust in His Son for salvation. They try to be gods themselves.
Trying to work our way into heaven instead of taking on the righteousness of Christ is trying to be God. It’s trying to put ourselves in His place. If we do this, we’re no better off than the demons, who believe in God but shudder at the very thought of Him. What separates angels and demons? Not belief, but faith.