That They Learn To Trust Jesus as Saviour
Should You Persuade People to Accept Jesus as Their Personal Savior?
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When you come to believe in Jesus—when you’re born again—you just want everybody to be born again, you want everyone to believe in Jesus! Because your sins are forgiven, God is your Father and you have eternal life.
Naturally, you want everyone else to have that same blessing. And if you haven’t felt that desire for other people to have that same blessing, that’s probably an indication that you really don’t have it yourself yet.
As we endeavor to try to tell people the Good News of Jesus Christ, should we attempt to persuade them to “accept Jesus” as their personal Savior? I ask that because that’s a very, very common expression that we find within the evangelical world.
What the Apostles Preached
I would answer that question to say, “Well, that’s better than nothing, but it could be very misleading because it’s really not a biblical phrase.
” If you read through the Book of Acts, for example, as the apostles preached the gospel, they didn’t ever use that terminology, “accepting Jesus as your personal Savior”.
Their goal was obviously to persuade people to believe in a Person—the Lord Jesus Christ—who was the Messiah, the One who was resurrected from the dead, the Lord, the One that they will stand before one day and before whom they will give an account.
They called people to repent because that would be the natural thing to do if you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah, the One before whom everyone will stand and to give an account one day. When you tell people that they just need to “accept Jesus,” that’s a far cry from repenting and believing that he is the Lord, the Son of God, the Messiah, the One resurrected from the dead. Right?
Jesus Isn’t Looking for People’s Acceptance
The reality of it is that Jesus isn’t looking for people’s acceptance. That’s not what He wants. He wants people’s obedience and love. And to put Him in that kind of “acceptance” category is really demeaning to Him.
Where did the whole idea of “accepting Jesus as my personal Savior” come from in the first place? Well, it is a product of what many of us refer to as kind of a hyper-grace theology.
We know that salvation is by grace, we’re all sinners and we can’t save ourselves by our good works.And trying to emphasize that, I’m just afraid that the pendulum swung and has swung way, way, way too far to the grace side.
To where now people think that grace is a license to sin, that there is no requirement to repent, that there is no requirement to submit ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
This is a very cheap grace to borrow a phrase from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German martyr for Christ, who wrote a great book called the “The Cost of Discipleship”.
Trying to emphasize the grace of God, and that salvation is not of our works, this phrase, “accepting” Jesus as your personal Savior, was coined.
Some will throw in “Lord”. Accept Him as your personal Lord and Savior. That’s a little improvement, but again, this is not biblical at all. We want people to receive the Lord. Now that’s a biblical phrase (see John 1:12). Or believe in the Lord.
Believing in a Person
This is another problem: we think that we’re supposed to tell people the plan of salvation, and once they understand that Jesus died for their sins on the cross—once they acknowledge: “Okay, that’s great. I accept that, yeah, I’ll go along with that. Jesus is just alright with me,” to borrow a song title from the Doobie Brothers—we think they’re saved.
But it’s not believing a doctrine about Jesus that saves you. It’s believing in a Person. That Person is a unique person. Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. – John 3:16
So you’re believing in a person—a unique person—of historyJ: God, the Son of God, God in the flesh, resurrected from the dead after they crucified Him.
The Only Right Response to Jesus
It’s so interesting to think about the fact (and you can research this out for yourself) that in the Book of Acts, when you read the sermons where the apostles were preaching the gospel or teaching the gospel to unsaved audiences, they never once said that Jesus died for their sins. They didn’t tell them that. Getting people to understand what happened when Jesus died on the cross wasn’t their goal.
They were trying to get people to see that Jesus is no other Person, that He is the Son of God. If that’s the case, well, then you just can’t have a casual relationship with Him you would have with anybody else. It’s unique.
The only right response to that is to say, “Oh my goodness! How does God, how does the Son of God, look at my life? Am I doing what He says?”
What James, Jude and Paul Taught
This is why James wrote faith without works is dead. It’s useless. It can’t save you.
This is why Jude warned, “There’s a heresy that’s cropped up. Some of these guys are turning the grace of God into licentiousness.
” What does that mean? That means that they’re preaching a false grace, a grace that says “Do what you want, live the way you want, because God is just going to overlook it. Or God is just going to forgive it.Or God doesn’t really care about that.” That is in the category of heresy. It’s so unbiblical from the beginning to the end of the Bible.
Paul warned about certain grievous sins, saying that if you’re practicing these things, don’t be deceived: fornicators, adulterers, thieves, the covetous… these people will not inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Obviously, Paul believed that there was a component of works. If you truly believe in Jesus, well, then it’s going to show up in your life.
Who Do You Believe Jesus Is?
Let’s not be trying to persuade people to accept Jesus as their personal Savior. Let’s be encouraging them to consider, “Who do you believe that Jesus is?”
If you believe He is who He claims to be, then it’s going to show up in your life. It radically transforms your life because of what you now believe. Okay?
This is a Little Lesson. There’s much more to say about this. I wrote a whole book called “The Great Gospel Deception“. It is kind of on this theme. You can read it for free on our website here. Thanks for joining me! God bless.
Bible Verses About Trust: 20 Helpful Scripture Quotes
Here are some wonderful verses about trust in the Bible. Remember that verses have some larger context.
Take time to look up in your Bible the chapter where the verse is found to see the events or other verses surrounding these words.
Also, don’t forget to take a couple minutes to view the video “Unchanging” by Chris Tomlin that is posted to the right. It reminds us that we can trust God because He is unchanging.
2 Corinthians 3:4-6 “And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”
Trust God; He is the Stronghold
Psalm 18:2 “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”
Psalm 91:2 “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”
Nahum 1:7 “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. ”
Trust God; He is the Protector
2 Samuel 22:31 “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.”
Job 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”
Psalm 7:1 “O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:”
Psalm 25:1, 2 “Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.”
Proverbs 30:5 “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”
Trust God; He will Deliver as Promised
Psalm 9:10 “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”
Psalm 22:4 “Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.”
Psalm 37:5 “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
Psalm 56:3 , 4 “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”
Psalm 71:5 “For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.”
Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
1 Timothy 4:10 “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.”
Trust God; Nothing on Earth Can Compare
Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.”
Psalm 32:10 “Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.”
Psalm 118:8 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
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Well, getting saved involves more than being a good person. So here's a simple little question.
I think I am a good person so why do I need to be saved?
Saved? Are you good enough
to go to heaven?
Most people answer: Yes. It's easy to figure out if you are a good person by asking a few simple questions.
1. How many lies have
you told in your life?
you told in your life?
Most people answer: Too many to count. What do we call someone who tells lies? A liar.
2. Have you ever stolen anything,
even if it was something small?
even if it was something small?
Please be honest before God. Most people answer: Yes, when I was a kid I stole some stuff. What do we call someone who steals? A thief.
3. Have you ever used God's Name
as a cuss word?
as a cuss word?
Most people answer: Yes. Using God's holy Name to curse is the sin of blasphemy. What do we call someone who uses God's Name as a cuss word? A blasphemer.
4. Have you ever looked at someone
with lust in your heart?
with lust in your heart?
Most people answer: Yes. Jesus said, “If a man looks on a woman to lust after her, he has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28. Lusting after someone in your heart is the sin of adultery. What do we call someone who commits the sin of adultery?
By your own admission
you are a lying thieving blaspheming adulterer and we've only looked at four of the 10 Commandments. On Judgment Day if God judges you by the Ten Commandments, will you be innocent or guilty?
I'll be guilty
As a guilty sinner before God (someone who is not saved), will you go to heaven or hell?
I think I'll go to heaven because God is merciful.
God is indeed merciful but that still leaves you as a guilty sinner before God. How will you get saved so you can go to heaven?I'll throw myself on the mercy of the court. I'll tell God I'm sorry for my sins.
Okay, let's see if that's an effective plan. You're in court, being tried for murder. You tell the judge, I'm really sorry for killing that guy. Can't you just let me go because I promise I'll never kill again?
Do you think any judge would let a murderer go free just because he said he was sorry and promised never to kill again? Of course not. Courts and judges are all about justice. When we break God's law, God's justice must be satisfied and our sin debt must be paid. “The wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23
God is the Judge of the Universe. Telling God you're sorry and you won't do it again isn't enough to take away your sins and it's not enough to save your soul.
Jesus died in your place, as you for you!
Why did Jesus die on the Cross?
Most people answer: To pay for our sins. That is true. Jesus took our place as our Substitute, dying as us for us so that we can be saved. All the wrath of God against our sins was poured out on Jesus when He died for us.
Jesus took the punishment we deserved and God accepted the payment Jesus made for our sins. To get saved, you need to repent of your sins and receive Jesus as your Savior. Here's the truth we have so far.
1. All of us are sinners.
“All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23.
2. All of us think we're good people in spite of being sinners. “There is none who does good, no, not one.”
3. All of us hope God will be merciful and excuse our sins. “God be merciful to me, a sinner.”
4. It's human to think we can get to heaven by being good and doing our best but: “Man at his best state is altogether vanity.”
5. That's where Jesus comes in. He gave us the Ten Commandments to show us that doing our best is not good enough. “The law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”
6. The law of God, the Ten Commandments, was our schoolmaster to lead us to Christ so we can be saved. The Ten Commandments lead us to Christ by pointing out that we cannot keep ten simple little rules. “For by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight.”
7. Once we see that we cannot keep the Ten Commandments, we see the beauty of God's plan. God sent Jesus to die in our place, as our Substitute, to pay for our sins because Jesus was not a sinner; He was God's perfect sacrifice. “Christ suffered for (our) sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.”
8. Then God accepted the payment Jesus made for our sins because Jesus' payment perfectly satisfied God's justice. Because our sins were paid for in full by Jesus, God now has a legal basis to forgive our sins.
9. When we trust Jesus as our Savior, He saves us, forgives our sins and gives us a new life in Christ. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature…
Your new life in Christ
will not be problem free.
will not be problem free.
Problems are a normal part of everyone’s life. But your new life in Christ will bring peace to your heart and a settled assurance that God is your refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
You are beginning a great new adventure with God.
Your guidebook is the Bible.
Rejoicing at sunset.
Your friend and companion is the Holy Spirit.
Remember, when you trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, it's as if God stamped your sin debt,
“Paid In Full By The Blood Of Christ.”
Your sins are all forgiven and fellowship is restored between you and God. You are free to live a new life in the power of Christ. Let the adventure begin!
Your sins are paid in full.
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