“CLEARING UP CONFUSION ABOUT WHAT JESUS DOES”
Four points I would like you to focus your attention on:
1A. Point #1, WHERE IS JESUS NOW?
Psalm 110.1, Matthew 22.43-44; Mark 16.19; Luke 24.51; Acts 1.8-11; 2.33; 2.34-35; 3.20-21; 5.31; 7.55-56; 9.3-5; 22.6-7; 26.13-15; Ephesians 1.20; 4.8; Philippians 2.9; Colossians 3.1; First Thessalonians 1.10; 4.16; Second Thessalonians 1.7; First Timothy 3.16; Hebrews 1.1-3; 1.13; 4.14; 8.1; 10.12; 12.2; First Peter 3.22
2A. Next, HOW DOES JESUS SAVE SINNERS?
1B. When you have faith in Christ, does something happen inside you, which is to say, does something happen to you? No. Romans 3.24; 5.1
2B. Let me ask the question another way: When you have faith in Christ, does something happen outside you, which is to say, does something happen for you? Yes. First Peter 3.18
3A. Third, WHAT DOES JESUS WANT YOU TO DO?
1B. In Matthew 11.28, Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
2B. John 1.12: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”
3B. In Acts 8.22, Simon the sorcerer was told: “Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.” He is told to repent, as Peter also said to the multitudes on the day of Pentecost. You misinterpret this verse if you think the sorcerer is being told here that saving faith in Christ involves prayer.
4B. In Acts 16.30-31 we read of the jailor: “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
5B. Paul writes in Ephesians 1.12, “That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.”
4A. Finally, WHAT ARE SINNERS NEVER DIRECTED TO DO TO GET SAVED?
1B. First, sinners are never directed to pray in order to be saved.
2B. Next, sinners are never directed to ask Jesus to save them.
3B. Next, sinners are never told in the Bible to ask Jesus into their hearts.