"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life.
He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” John 5:24.
Reading verses like this, I have to wonder why churches today expound the preaching of “accepting Christ as your savior” as the way of getting saved.
It seems that the work of salvation has been shifted from Christ’s death on the cross to us “accepting Jesus into our hearts” and “getting right with God,” pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, taking Jesus by the hand and redeeming yourself.
I think this school of thought derives from the sinful nature’s desire to have some part in the work of salvation.
Ephesians 2:1 says “As for you, you were dead in your trespasses and sins.”
Dead people can’t fix themselves and tell Jesus to come live in their heart.
The Bible never uses language like that. It says believe, and you will be saved!
There is no simpler way to describe the means by which we are to be saved.
The Bible does not say, “Get yourself right, and then come tell Jesus you’re inviting Him into your life.” No.
It simply says believe and be saved.
Why turn it around so that we have to carry the burden of redeeming ourselves?
Then I hear people asking questions like, “Well, how do you know you have accepted Christ? How do you even know you’re saved?”
Believe and you will be saved! You know you are saved because Christ already completed the work of your salvation by dying on the cross.
Your salvation does not depend on you “accepting Him into your life,” it depends on Him taking your sins upon Himself and paying the debt you owed.
Romans 5:10 says that “We were enemies of God.” If we are God’s enemies, we have no desire to be reconciled to God.”
Wed, November 7, 2012
by Sarah Ames