What Does it Mean to Receive Jesus?

John Piper gives an outstanding answer in this video.

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March 12 2010 05:00 am | Blog

2 Responses to “What Does it Mean to Receive Jesus?”

  1. Kent on 21 Aug 2012 at 3:13 am #

    Good points, but it seems you didn’t fully explain things. Receiving Jesus is believing in who He is, as you said, the bread of life, and it would mean that He is living water but just as I was hearing what you were saying the video cuts off.

    Receiving Jesus is believing that He is the one and only Son of God who is and was fully God even when He walked this earth, that He is the savior of the world who gave His life on the cross to save us, sinners who can never ever do anything to save ourselves, and by His rising again on the third day. So it is about who He is and what He did but it is not about, as a lot of people say, asking Him to come into our hearts or into our lives.

    The Jews that He came to during his time on this earth did not believe in who He is and why He came and that is why they rejected Him and ending up crucifying Him.

    In John 1:10-13 it says, “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own[d] did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

    It doesn’t say the Jews of His time, His own, did not ask Him to come into their hearts, so it is those who receive Him, believe in who He is, who are given the right to become children of God to those who believe in His name, again, it is not those who ask Him into their hearts that are given the right to become children of God.

    If is about saying some sinner’s prayer and walking down an isle at a church, then it is about what we do, and we can do nothing to save ourselves, so it has to be about what He did and who He is that saves us.

  2. Drew on 21 Aug 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Good thoughts Kent, you’re preaching to the choir here 🙂