The first time I was evangelized, I was given the “The Four Spiritual Principles” tract. This tract introduced the idea that you have to accept Jesus as your Lord to become a Christian.
As my Bible understanding grew, I began to wonder if it is true that accepting Jesus can make someone a Christian?
For example, do I become a student of Oxford University by accepting it as my school?
Or, do I become the CEO of Walmart by accepting it as my workplace?
Isn’t that a naive assumption?
The reality is that my acceptance doesn’t matter, their choices matter. I can only study or work there if they give me an offer.
So let’s rethink: Are we Christians by accepting Jesus or by Jesus accepting us?
Of course, by Jesus accepting us!
“I accept Jesus as my Lord” is so common to hear in Christianity. However, no matter whether you accept it or not, Jesus is the Lord of everything. The truth will still be true even if you deny it. On the opposite side, if he doesn’t acknowledge you as a Christian, you accepting him doesn’t make you one.
So how will Jesus accept us? If I want to get an offer from Oxford University or Walmart, I will have to prove myself qualified through tests or interviews.
Jesus has his qualifications, too. He only accepts the righteous man. Sadly, no one is qualified.
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” —Romans 3:10
A sinner accepting Jesus is like someone without any job experience walking into the CEO’s office of Walmart and claiming to accept working there. He will get kicked out.
Christ doesn’t need acceptance from sinners, but sinners need it from God. God only accepts his righteous son Jesus Christ. When we are in Christ, we will be accepted by God.
“To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”— Ephesians 1:6
The only way for us to be accepted by God is that we are in the beloved Son Jesus Christ. The way to be in the Christ is “faith”.
“「算他为义」的这句话不是单为他写的，也是为我们若信 神使我们的 主耶稣从死里复活而得算为义之人写的。耶稣被交给人，是为我们的过犯；复活，是为叫我们称义。”—罗马书4章22-25节
“Now it was not written for his sake alone, that [righteousness] was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”— Romans 4:22-25
“Impute” means you don’t have something but are gifted. God will impute his righteousness to sinners through faith in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection on their behalf. Being justified by faith, we are accepted by God in Christ.