You don’t accept Jesus

Did you know that there is a difference in receiveing something and accepting it? For example, you received a package from aunt Bertha, but you accepted the Nobel Prize for your work in lint removal.

Receiving is a passive act, like getting spam in your inbox. Acceptance is something different though. Acceptance is putting your seal of approval on something, in essence saying, “this is acceptable to me”. This is fine for our everyday living, but the problem comes in when we apply it to Christianity. We say that people need to accept Jesus, without understanding the implications.

We are tell people to put their stamp of approval on sacrifice of Jesus Christ, that is not faith. We don’t need to accept Jesus, the Father did that 2,000 years ago. What we do need is for Jesus to accept us.

I want to illustrate something for you to try and make this as clear as possible. Bob goes out and has an affair on his wife, Susan. Susan is upset and rightly so, but is willing for reconcilliation. Bob comes back and tells his wife, “Susan, I want you to know that I have thought about it, and I accept you as my wife.” The next thing you hear is a clank of a frying pan as it makes contact with his head.

How arrogant and prideful! Bob was in the driver seat, he wanted to be in control. But isn’t that exactly like us? Don’t we want to be in control of our own salvation? Don’t we want to say, “I want to be saved now!” But the Bible says something different. Scripture says that salvation is of the Lord (Ps 3:8). When we repent and put our faith in Jesus for our salvation, the Bible says that then, and only then, HE accepts you. That is the essence of true faith; putting your trust… putting your life in his hands.

I have to say that there is a big difference between receiving and accepting. We receive Christ after we repent and put our faith in him alone.

–Danny

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  1. Hello Mr. Spence,
    I was looking for Beth Moore’s testimony and came across your blog. I read a little of it and just felt compelled to write to you. There seems to be a lot of theology that you present on the reality of sin being rebellion against God. This is absolutely true. It is also true that God will judge every sin. The thing I see missing is the reality that there are true believers who love God passionately who have fallen into the trap of a cycle of sin. It is the ultimate in the Romans 7 reality. We all live there to some degree but some hit it harder than others. There is also the reality of Hebrews 12. He is shaking everything that can be shaken because the time is short. When you or someone you love and have walked with falls into some ‘spectacular’ sin, the reality of the perpetuity of the cross in our lives as children of God becomes real. Once it is real, then the love of God is revealed in a place that is more profound that any other reality in life. You just think you have it. Please, I implore you, please seek God out in this matter. Galations 6:1-5 is real. My family has lived it. It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God but it is also the most glorious place to be as a child of God that has strayed. This must be our message. If it is not, we will either also fall or when we meet Him, He will say ‘I never knew you’.
    Jesus Christ, the One who is the express image of the Father and The Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world, is real. The Father’s love is the ultimate reality~not anything we can do in ourselves. He is so gracious to bring us to the end of ourselves so He can pour everything of Himself in. It is for the saving of our soul’s that He does this. It is because of His jealousy that He does this. He is a passionate God with fire in His eyes, and He will use everything to bring us into the Father’s heart. It was the prodigal’s Father who gave him the substance to go squander in sin. He did it so that the son could come to the end of himself and return to love. He found his place at the Father’s table. My question is this~Did the older brother?

  2. The prodigal son was not in a right relationship with the father UNTIL he repented. The bible is clear that anyone who continues in sin is of the devil. This is not a falling into sin or the war that goes on within every Christian, but this is living in a lifestyle of sin; going back time and time again to the same filth that we claim to be rescued from. The bible also says that the dog will return to his vomit and the pig to its wallowing in the mire. That is a picture of a false Christian. Commiting a “spectacular” sin does not automatically place someone in the unsaved category, but if you willfully slip over and over into the same sins, then something is wrong. I cannot go out and rape a girl and then say, “I repent!” and then six weeks later find that I slipped into rapeing anthoer woman. Wouldn’t you start to question the scencerity of my so-called repentance?

    The bible says that the backslider in heart is filled with his own ways and not the ways of God. Hebrews 10 tells us that if someone is willfully walking in sin, then there remains no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain expectaion of judgement. You lie if you say that you love God and yet walk in darkness.


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