DO WE ACCEPT CHRIST OR DOES HE ACCEPT US?
“Ye have not chosen (ACCEPTED) Me, but I have chosen you” (John 15:16).
“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. ” (John 6:44).
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is NONE THAT SEEKETH AFTER GOD (ACCEPTS HIM). They are ALL gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Romans 3:10-12).
“Herein is love, not that we loved (ACCEPTED) God, but that He loved [accepted] us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
“For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God (YOU didn’t accept Him; HE gave you the gift of faith to believe on Him)” (Ephesians 2:4-8).
“Accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior” is unscriptural! It is not GOD that needs acceptance from us; WE need acceptance from Him:
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I WILL RECEIVE YOU, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:17-18).
“Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, WE MAY BE ACCEPTED OF HIM” (2 Corinthians 5:9).
“If thou doest well, shalt thou not be ACCEPTED?” (Genesis 4:7).
“But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is ACCEPTED WITH HIM.” (Acts 10:35).
“For he that in these things serveth Christ is ACCEPTABLE TO GOD, and approved of men” (Romans 14:18).
WHO DOES THE CHOOSING?
Here are some Bible verses that are very clear about this matter of God choosing us – without any approval from us ahead of time:
John 15:16 – “Ye have not chosen me, BUT I HAVE CHOSEN YOU, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit”
John 15:19 – “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I HAVE CHOSEN YOU out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”
2 Thessalonians 2:13 – “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God HATH FROM THE BEGINNING CHOSEN YOU TO SALVATION through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth”
Matthew 22:14 – “For many are called, but few are CHOSEN.”
John 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.”
Psalm 65:4 – “Blessed is the man whom thou CHOOSEST, AND CAUSEST to approach unto thee”
Acts 13:48 – “And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ORDAINED TO ETERNAL LIFE BELIEVED.”
James 1:18 – “Of HIS OWN WILL BEGAT HE US with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”
WHO SEEKS WHOM?
Romans 3:11 – “There is NONE that understandeth, there is NONE that SEEKETH after God.”
Romans 10:20 – “But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that SOUGHT ME NOT; I was made manifest unto them that ASKED NOT AFTER ME.”
Luke 19:10 – “For the Son of man is come to SEEK AND TO SAVE that which was lost.”
Note that JESUS SEEKS US – WE DON’T SEEK HIM, because when we are unsaved we don’t even know that we are lost (see Romans 3:11 and 10:20 above). Once God shows us that we are hopelessly lost Hell-deserving sinners, we can cry out to Him to have mercy on our lost soul and to save us from the wrath of God. It is this recognition of one’s sinnership and God’s holiness that occurs at salvation, when God opens our spiritual eyes as He did with Isaiah:
Isaiah 6:5 – “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”
The only way that Isaiah could see the Lord’s holiness and his own sinfulness was if God reached out and gave him the ability to see:
Romans 11:7-8 – “7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; BUT THE ELECTION HATH OBTAINED IT, AND THE REST WERE BLINDED (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.”
John 9:39 – “And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, THAT THEY WHICH SEE NOT MIGHT SEE; AND THAT THEY WHICH SEE MIGHT BE MADE BLIND.”
We cannot manipulate God and make Him save us just because we say a sinner’s prayer in which we ‘ACCEPT’ Christ as our Saviour. As spiritually blind sinners, we are ENTIRELY AT THE MERCY OF GOD TO SEEK US OUT AND TO HEAL US OF OUR SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS!