There is an extremely important point made by John, the disciple of Jesus, in this passage: 1
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God [which represents all that Jesus Christ is and does], so that you will know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that you [already] have eternal life.
– 1 John 5:13 Amplified version
Accepting Christ as Lord
Believing “in the name…” means you believe in “all that Jesus Christ is and does“. 2
When you (if you did), or I, said, “I accept Christ as my Lord and Savior”, a whole lot of “accepting” is going on there in that moment in time. Are you aware of what-all it actually requires to truly “accept Christ”?
We did not just say,
“Yes, He was a great guy” nor:
“I like Jesus. He was a great teacher” nor:
“I accept that Jesus was a great philosopher” nor:
“He and I are on great terms. He is my friend.”
Or did you? Scary thought. 3
Outward Religion and Fake Faith
To accept anything less than “all that Jesus Christ is and does“… is to stop short of getting saved. God requires all, not just pieces of us. Are you holding-back on God? Or: Are you 100% sold-out to the true Jesus? 4
There are an awful lot of people who supposedly accepted Christ as Savior, or are into one sect or another, and think they are “saved”, but they are actually on a broad road that says heaven but goes to hell. Don’t get to walkin’ that road.
We can know
John wrote “so that you will know….” We can know we are saved. But that absolute conviction that I “already have eternal life” is based on actually being of that truly repentant people sold-out to Jesus 100%, those “who believe in the name of the Son of God [which represents all that Jesus Christ is and does]“.
Where are you at on this spectrum?
1 Truly saved —
2 almost but not —
See references to: “the name of Jesus”
Right on the edge of trusting him forever
Today is your last day – and Hell is home tonight
There is a broad road that says heaven but goes to hell
Accepting Jesus – Plus Some Other
Outward religion but inward… everything unclean
Are you one of the 18 percenters? Is Jesus’ worldview your worldview?
Saying no to Jesus is a dead faith with dead works
Being 100% given-over to Jesus
Acting with your heart, soul, strength, and with your mind
- “…Christians since the beginning of the church have considered this letter authoritative, believing it was written by John the apostle.” – Chuck Swindoll.
- See BibleGateway list of references to: “the name of Jesus“.
- Accepting Jesus – Plus Some Other is a type of fake faith, and both have folks of such “faith” – Going to Hell. Outward religion does not save.
Are you one of those that says one thing and does another?
- Do you say “I’m a Christian” but you live like …something else?
- Do you say “Ya, I know I’m not living like I know Jesus would like me to”?
- Do you acknowledge the dissidence between your “want-a-be” and your whatch-ya-be?
- Do you vote for a hell of a lot of things Jesus never would have voted for?
- Does your lifestyle match-up with Jesus’s?
- Does your worldview look anything close to Jesus’s?
- Are there whole sections of Bible you’ve tossed-out and replaced with your own brand of thinking?
- Have you bothered to look at the Bible to know it?
- Have you looked at the Bible to see how distant you are from Jesus’s biblical statements and standards? – Source: Accepting Jesus – Plus Some Other.
It’s all or nothingAll of me for all of HimNothing done is nothing gainedHollow words are worthless
A worthless life arrives in Hell –absolutely worthless.
Life is full and fast and brief
I’ll not throw it all away – for what?I give my all, absolutely all to Jesus
all my heart to Christ,
all my soul to Christ,
all my mind to Christ,
all my strength to Christ
all my willful, willful self,
all I am, all I want — all for Christ alone.
I’ll step on in to Heaven, complete in Him alone.
Salvation is not based on all I do and all I am.
It’s based on His free gift of grace.
But He requires my all.
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