16.Have you received Christ?

Have You Received Jesus as Your Saviour and King?

The Bible states in John 1:12 that “as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in Him Name”.  We must receive Jesus Christ in our lives. It is like any big gift a person is offered. If someone offers you a big gift (e.g. a microwave or a bicycle) you have to let go of the things you are holding in your hands to take the gift. If you let go of the things you are busy with, you will be able to handle and use the gift for what it was intended. God wants us to let go of our bad and good deeds (Galatians 5:19-21), all of them, for us to receive Him. If we hold on to our own achievements, good works and sins we won’t be able to receive Jesus (Romans 9:30-33).

The Bible states that there is only one Jesus Christ, but there are some people that speak of another Jesus (2 Corinthians 11:4) and of another gospel (Galatians 1:6-9). When we believe in Jesus Christ and His wonderful sacrifice for us, we must believe what the Scriptures (God’s Book) teach (John 7:37). We must receive Jesus Christ for who He really is (Matthew 7:21-23)! We cannot receive Jesus as our Saviour but not receive Him as our King and the Ruler of our lives. If we receive Jesus as our Saviour from sin and as the Victor over Death, but not as our King (Lord) and Ruler, then we have a false Jesus, not the real Jesus (2 Corinthians 11:4; Romans 10:9, 10). We must receive Jesus as our Saviour, King and Treasure of Righteousness (Matthew 13:44-46).

It is like being grateful to a person who gives you a motorcar as a present; but then telling him that you only want the engine and wheels, but not the chassis and the cab. If you insisted on taking these only, the motorcar won’t function and would be useless. The purpose of the car, namely, to drive around in, would be lost. In the same way, you cannot only take the things you like about Jesus. You must take the whole package! Jesus wants 100% of us! He is worthy to receive our all. He is our Creator and therefore the Possessor of our lives (Genesis 14:22). When we receive Jesus Christ, we are no longer our own. We then belong to Him (1 Corinthians 6:13-20).  We have exchanged ownership from Satan and self to Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:13, 14). Sadly, many people want Jesus as their Saviour but not as their King. They only want an insurance policy to keep them out of hell, but they still want to be in control of their own lives. They still want to be in the driver’s seat of their own destiny. This kind of ‘faith’ will not save us from eternal death.

The true faith that saves us—Whom God gives to all His children—implies full surrender of our lives to God (Mark 10:21; Matthew 16:24,25; Acts 17:30). True faith implies surrendering our lives to God and Jesus Christ now and for eternity. Some people want the gift of eternal life, forgiveness of their sins, a happy life, escape from hell and an inheritance in heaven, in other words, they want the gifts of God, but not the Giver of these gifts. That is not the true faith that the Bible talks about. Romans 10:9 states: ‘If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.’ In other words, if you surrender your life to Jesus as your King (Mark 10:21; Luke 9:23-26) and believe in His wonderful sacrifice and His resurrection from the dead, then you will be saved (be granted eternal life). Luke 9:24 says: ‘He who desires to save his life will lose it but he who loses his life for Jesus’ sake will save it’. As one songwriter said: ‘Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling.’

Questions to consider: Do you have the real Jesus of the Bible in your life? Is Jesus only an insurance policy and a ticket for you to escape hell, or is He the King and Treasure of your life? The early Christians knew what it meant to confess Jesus as their King.  If they professed Him as King, it meant persecution or even death!

Read: John 1:12; Galatians 5:19-21; Romans 9:30-33; 2 Corinthians 11:4; Galatians 1:6-9; John 7:37; Matthew 7:21-23; Romans 10:9,10; Matthew 13:44-46; Genesis 14:22; 1 Corinthians 6:13-20; Colossians 1:13,14; Mark 10:21; Matthew 16:24,25; Acts 17:30; Luke 9:23-26.

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