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Did Jesus Accept Us

Do we accept Jesus or does He accept us? Where in the bible does it say to "Accept Jesus in your heart?"

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 ---Ryan on 8/19/06
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Oh, this is a good one. God does not want your heart. It is diseased, corrupt. We all have heart troubles. No, He wants to give you a new heart. God excepts us, and not the other way around. He doesn't need us, we so desperately need Him. These are the people that He saves. The ones that He knows needs Him. Can not make it through this life without Him. CAN YOU?
---catherine on 8/12/10

We receive Jesus Christ, He knocks at out hearts door, We open the door & we receive Him to come in.
He accepts us for who & what we are, & we are sinners that needs His salvation to be cleansed to serve him.
---Lawrence on 8/12/10

Ryan--Forget voting. To me it's a silly idea, anyway. You are 100% correct: knowing who Jesus IS, is far from knowing JESUS HIMSELF. New believers MUST be clear about this. Thousands know who Jesus is, but don't wish to "belong" to Him.

"Accepting Jesus" may not be the best phraseology, but the new Christian is going to HEAR it a LOT.. even from Godly born- again people. IMHO, it's most important for a new believer understand Salvation well. Then he can fine-tune vocabulary.
---Donna2277 on 8/23/06

#2 Donna2277, There are many places in the bible where people accept who Jesus is but He does not accept them. I still stand by the premise that to start a baby Christian off in their spiritual walk thinking they accepted Christ is to begin your understanding of salvation with "A little bit of leaven". And we all know what a little leaven can do.
---Ryan on 8/23/06

Donna2277, seeing that you are a much more credible blogger than myself (Being ranked 18th 0f 25) there is a possibility you are correct here. I am looking at this matter from a strictly scriptural view. No where does the word say we accept Jesus. In the 6th chapter of John we see that even the disciples had difficutly with the lessons of the Master but they had faith in what He said.
---Ryan on 8/23/06

tofurabby: exactly, we accept the gift of eternal salvation He has offered to lost mankind, a Gift, to all families of the earth, by faith. We "believe" in our hearts that He took our sins upon Him, and we being justified by His blood, are raised up with Him, a New Creation, when the whosoever wills follow Him into death and resurrection Life. Thus,we are then Born Again.
---kathr4453 on 8/22/06

Jesus took the sin forthe entire world, not just Christians.
"And he is the propitiation for our sins: and notfor ours only, but also for the sins ofthe whole world." -1 John 2:2
His work is finished. Now its in our hands to accept what hes done. Its a gift, given to all man. If we dont accept it, were doomed.
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23
It should be "accept Jesus WITH your heart"
---tofurabby on 8/22/06

1 Corinthians 4:15
For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

Galatians 3:7-9
And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, In you all the nations shall be blessed.
---kathr4453 on 8/22/06

Acts 15:7
And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
Romans 10:15
And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!
---kathr4453 on 8/22/06

So many take John 6:44 out of context. Jesus was speaking to Jews. Those who had heard of Him through the prophets. Now take verse 45, and John 7:45, where He says that very thing.

Jesus says in John 17, and those who HEAR through their word. Faith comes by hearing.
The Word of God, is living and powerful and sharper than a two edge sword! If that isn't enough. The Preaching of the Gospel IS the POWER unto salvation.
---kathr4453 on 8/22/06

John 6: 45It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
THEY HEARD!!! Gentiles were not taught of the Father!!! Only Jews!!! Paul brought YOU the Gospel!!!
John7: 42Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?
---kathr4453 on 8/22/06

Ryan: Read Romans 11:4&5. God's Elect are those who refuse to bend the knee to Baal.
We as His children refuse to compromise with false doctrine, worldliness etc.
As a born again Jew, I would have more right to call myself God's elect than anyone. I had to get saved just like anyone else.
---kathr4453 on 8/22/06

Ryan, God accepts those who come through His Son, by faith. We enter a relationship with The Father through His Son. The gift of salvation is offered by faith, to ALL FAMILIES of the earth. My family, your family, your neithbors family. Election, in the OT was : Israel Mine Elect. They were elected to bring forth Christ. If we want to call ourselves His Elect, it is to also bring Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. Elect to exalt Christ, not ourselves.
---kathr4453 on 8/22/06

Ryan--I still say it is a matter of semantics. The American Heritage Dictionary defines ACCEPTANCE as: Favorable reception; approval; belief in something; agreement.
The word is neutral regarding the STATUS of the parties involved.
The Master has to "accept" the student. The student has to "accept" the leadership of the Master. Otherwise there is no relationship. The master is still the Master. The student is still the student.
I see no "heresy" in this.
---Donna2277 on 8/22/06

#5 Donna2277, My main point is the concept of the relationship between Lord and disciple must be understood. It is the Lord who accepts the disciple. Never the other way around. To say there is "Mutual acceptance" is to give power and authority where there is none. By the Lords grace we are chosen as the elect. It is through no power of our own. To begin your Spiritual walk with a false precept is damaging to the new believer. We must identify and discard any leaven that is being taught.
---Ryan on 8/21/06

#4 Donna2277The rich young man accepted who Jesus is and knew He had the secret to eternal life. But when given the criteria for everlasting life the rich young man would not conform so Jesus could not ACCEPT the young man.
In the second example found in Matthew 7 (I think) the people that come to Christ and plea that they did many things in His name certainly felt they accepted Him. But as the scripture reveals Christ does not ACCEPT them.
---Ryan on 8/21/06

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#3 Donna2277, Two scriptural examples that enforce this concept, of who accepts who, are the story of the rich young man and the time when many come to Jesus in that day and say, "did we not prophesy in your name and cast out many demons in your name and perform many miracles in your name?" and He will say to them, "Depart from Me, I never knew you, you who practiced iniquity."
---Ryan on 8/21/06

#2 Donna2277, An illustration I like to use is this:
If you wish to learn an ancient oriental martial art you approach the sensei or master. It is than the decision of the martial arts master to accept you as his student to learn his discipline.
---Ryan on 8/21/06

Donna2277, this is neither an issue of theology nor semantics. This is an issue of what is taught as a basic, fundamental foundation of being a disciple of Christ. To say that we "Accept Jesus" is completely backwards and would begin any baby Christian with a false precept of salvation. To say we accept Jesus and He accepts us and it is a mutual agreement is heresy. We are not equal with the Son; the pot does not accept the potter.
---Ryan on 8/21/06

Jhn 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Someone plants a seed, someone waters it, but it's the Holy Spirit who draws the person to Christ. We either respond to that call or we don't. If we continue to resist, well God is long-suffering and will do everything to love that person back to life. We either receive Him or reject Him. That's where "accept" comes from. I think anyway.
---Donna9759 on 8/21/06

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I don't think this an "either,or" question. And it seems to me it is a question of semantics more than "theology".

I believe that God expressed HIS intention when he sent Jesus to the cross. Likewise, I say that Jesus freely CHOSE to suffer on our behalf. We are the stubborn ones who refuse to "accept" the Truth. I see the Lord as the initiator of a relationship. The Holy Spirit "draws" us. But when we yield to God the "acceptance" becomes mutual.
---Donna2277 on 8/21/06

Ask and you will receive. Luke 11:9-13. Receive the Spirit of Christ in heart. Romans 8:9-11,15; Galatians 4:6; Psalm 51:10. Call on his Name: Joel 2:32; Zechariah 13:9; Romans 10:9-13. In the Seed Sower, the seed is the Word of God, and the soil is the heart. Luke 8:5,8,11,15; John 8:47. Our body is Gods temple, so the door in Revelation 3:20 is the door of our heart. Please read John 10:4,5,9,14; 14:20.
---Eloy on 8/21/06

ryan, we accept or reject jesus. God loves us all.only acceptance of jesus makes you acceptable to God the father.The blood of christ washes you white as snow ,wahes your sin away ,God no longer sees or remembers it.
---tom2 on 8/20/06

Jesus said "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." (Revelation 3:20)
This is where this "catch phrase" comes from.
---Tbabe on 8/20/06

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It doesn't.
However I doubt any disrespect or pride is intended. I think most followers realize that we have not chosen Him, He has chosen us. (John.15:16)
When you hear that statement I would think the person is saying they have accepted His call to repentance as well as acknowledging His saving grace.
---Josef on 8/19/06

Jesus accepts us, not the other way around. It is God Who saves. "Accept Jesus in your heart" comes from Romans 10:9 "that if your confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
---Helen_5378 on 8/19/06

#3 The faith is not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. This faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Rom. 10:1 We cannot even credit ourselves with believing because it is all of grace .
Compare I Cor. 1:31
---Debbie on 8/19/06

#2 He made us alive together with Christ in Josephs tomb, and raised us with him from the tomb, and made us sit with him in the heavenlies, and altogether in Christ. All this was before we were born. The divine motive of this provision was so He could reveal His grace. Infinite love purposes to put on display God's grace, matchless and boundless. It is your privilege and mine to enjoy that experience forever. Eph. 2:8,9, God's grace and God given faith are the means of your salvation.
---Debbie on 8/19/06

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#1 I think the phrase "Accept Jesus in your heart" gives to much credit to the sinner rather than God. It is a man made term rather than "thus sayeth the Lord". In Eph.2:4-7, the verses remind us of John 3:16. Love is back of grace. God is love. Before God could quicken a soul who was dead in sins, He must quicken him provisionally beforehand with Christ. God saw a full and complete victory over death and the devil, before He justified one sinner.
---Debbie on 8/19/06

It's just another example of pop-evagelical duckspeak.

Say the right buzz words and catch phrases and you can make people think that you're a born-again Christian, too.
---Jack on 8/19/06

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