This is the fifteenth post in a series based on John Maisel’s lecture and book “Is Jesus God?” Click here to receive your free download of this resource.
If you prayed the prayer asking Jesus into your life last week, you can be confident that you are a child of God and part of His eternal family. I would like to add a few comments now that may help you as you consider the decision you have made.
- Jesus said, “that as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12). To become a member of God’s family you must receive Jesus Christ into your life. You must understand that you are receiving a gift.
The Gift of God
- The Bible says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). As you can clearly see, when you receive Christ you are receiving the gift that God offers. It is not based upon your works. This is so that no one can boast. After you have become a member of God’s family by receiving Christ as your personal Savior, good works and changed life will result—but good works cannot bring about that relationship.
- Receiving God’s gift is simple. In Revelation 3:20 Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door [of your life] and knock: if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him and he with Me.” Jesus is saying that He will come into your life in the same way that you would open the door and invite someone into your house. This is what the Bible calls being “born again,” which means that you are born into and become a part of God’s family.
How to be Sure
- The Bible says, “And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life” (1 John 5:11, 12).
Did you receive the Son?
If yes, then the fact is you have eternal life. Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My Word, and believes in Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life” (John 5:24). This clearly says that if you trust Christ for payment of your sins and received Him into your life, you will not face judgment.
Go back and look at each verb in the two verses just quoted:
“He who hears My Word . . .”
Did you do that? If you reply yes, then…
“And believes Him who sent Me…”
You believe what God said and trust Christ as your Savior.
“Has everlasting life…”
Does that mean later? No, right now.
“And does not come into judgment but has passed out of death into life.”
That says, “You do not have to worry about it.” In other words, you now have everlasting life on the truthfulness of Jesus’ promise to you. So when does our eternal life start? For all of us, eternal life begins the moment we believe.
And please note: these statements are based upon the fact of God’s Word, not on how you may feel. We’ll conclude this series with more on that next week.