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Jesus Does Not Want To Enter Your Life

Steve McVey (http://gracewalk.org) posted a blog several months back that I copied and saved.  What Steve had to write is essential to having a clear understanding of the truly revolutionary power of the Gospel.

We have the idea that the Gospel is that Jesus enters our lives, saving us.  In reality, the bulk of New Testament teaching paints a completely different picture – and a much better picture at that.  It’s not Jesus entering our lives that makes the gospel so powerful, but we entering into the life of God.  This is not just a game of semantics.  It’s core to understanding the truly revolutionary power of the Gospel.

Read Steve comments below, and tell me what you think!

“It may be that the greatest single misunderstanding about the nature of salvation is the teaching that its essence revolves around a person accepting Christ into his life. “Won’t you accept Christ into your life?” unbelievers are so often asked. The idea that Christ wants to come into our lives is almost universally taught in most evangelical and charismatic churches.

“What’s wrong with that?” you might wonder. “Doesn’t He want to come into a person’s life?” The startling answer if we really take biblical teaching seriously is “no.” Salvation isn’t about us accepting Him into our lives. Instead, the gospel is the proclamation that Jesus Christ accepts you into His life.” “You did not choose me, but I have chosen you,” Jesus told His disciples.

The flesh loves to cling to the notion that we cast our vote for Jesus at salvation and that He then moved in and has been thankful to us ever since. The essence of salvation isn’t that you accept God, but that God has accepted you. Think about it – this triune God who has enjoyed eternal intimacy within the Godhead has brought us into the inner circle! He has accepted us in the Beloved!

Apart from Him, we have no life in which He could possibly dwell. In our co-crucifixion with Jesus, our old self was crucified with Him in order that the source of sin might be destroyed. See Romans 6:6. You have been crucified with Christ and you no longer live. (See Galatians 2:20) Now Christ is your life and in Him you find your very existence. See Colossians 3:4 and Acts 17:28.

Christ in your life? Not a chance. We have entered into His life and now share in the koinonia of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When we were God-hating, self-centered, blind-as-a-bat and dead-as-a-doornail sinners, Christ died for us. See Romans 5:8. By His grace and through His finished work on the cross, the eternal God has brought us into the eternal lovefest. We weren’t seeking God. Let’s not flatter ourselves. Nobody seeks Him, not one of us. (See Romans 3:11) But he clothed Himself in the garment of humanity and came here to bring us home, where we belong. He came to seek and to save us while we were lost. See Luke 19:10 .

He chose you. He came for you. He died to reconcile you to Himself. He raised you from a walking death. He made you alive and has seated you at the right hand of the Father, squarely situated in the middle of the eternal party that will never end. Only one response fits such a reality – Hallelujah!

You can read more of Steve’s blogs at www.gracewalkministries.blogspot.com or visit his ministry site at http://gracewalk.org

Steve is a great teacher, preacher, plateform speaker, and the author of several terrific books.  Any of them would make great gifts for Christmas.  His new book: “Fifty-Two Life Heard In Church Every Sunday” will be released in Janaury.  You can preorder a copy today from his website.

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