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There are many today who teach that a person must
"accept" Jesus Christ into their heart as personal savior
in order to be saved. While this certainly sounds good, unfortunately
nowhere in the Bible do we find that a person must "accept
Christ" in order to be saved. In John
1:11,12 we find something that sounds similar to this and
there we read...
came unto his own, and his own received him not.
But as many as received
him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even
to them that believe on his name..."
Now this certainly sounds like
it agrees with the idea of needing to "accept" Jesus,
that is, until we read the next verse...
were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor
of the will of man, but of God."
Notice how this verse says that
those who "receive" Jesus and believe in Him "were
born". It speaks in the past tense. This is because
as verse 13 said, "they were born not of blood (like in a physical child birth) nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will
of man, but of God". Simply put, those who receive
Jesus and believe in Him have been born of God. And
this birth was not the product of their own
will but it was the will of God that caused them
to be born again. The fact that they believe and want to
know the Lord Jesus is an evidence of this birth. John
3: 3-8 describes this birth as a "spiritual birth"
which we must experience if we are to be saved. However, it
is also careful to point out to us that it is a birth that cannot be observed. As John 3:8
wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound
thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither
it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."
As we cannot physically see
the wind but see the evidences of its presence as it blows by "so
is everyone that is born of the Spirit". True
believing is an evidence that a person has been born again. A
person does not become born again because they believe -- they
believe because they have been born again. Our
salvation is totally and completely the work of God and a product
of His Will, not our own will -- as John
1:13 declared. Faith
(believing) is the evidence
that God has done a work in your heart. In our own will, we
would never choose to seek God as Romans 3:10,11 says,
it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
There is none that understandeth,
there is none that seeketh after God."
begins with God's action (which
we cannot physically see) and always results in our action, as we act upon faith
and begin to seek to know and grow in a relationship with the Lord.
To say that a person must "accept"
Christ in order to be saved is leading people to trust in
work of accepting and believing. The Bible is very clear that trusting
in our own work in any way, can never lead to salvation
Romans 4:1-9 for example).
For more on these
truths of salvation see the page titled Eternal
Salvation - God's Divine Election found on this web site.
Where so many get led astray on this truth, I believe, is when they
confuse this process of salvation with the invitation to salvation
that the Lord extends to the whole world. The Lord
invites every soul to come to Jesus Christ and find eternal life
with the promise that whosoever "believes" in Him shall
not perish (John 3:16). In fact, the Lord commands
those who are saved to be witnesses to the Truth and invite everyone
to come to Jesus that they might be saved. But the Lord is
also very clear that,
man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me
draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day."
The other reason and really the main reason people get this truth
all wrong, is because they are not listening to what the Bible actually
says, but are rather leaning on their own understanding and listening
to what other books or men are saying instead. In this day,
so many are teaching an idea of "free
will" that cannot be supported with the Bible...but for those
who posses a love for the Truth (2 Thessalonians 2:10) there is only one thing that matters, and that one thing
What does the Bible say?
Philippians 1:6 Being confident
of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
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