Sunday, February 03, 2013

What Lutheran Christians Mean When They Say, "I've Accepted Jesus"

This from D.J. Lura's wonderful, What's a Lutheran, Don'tcha Know:
As a Lutheran Christian, it is OK to say you have “accepted” Jesus, but only in the sense that it is a passive acceptance.  Like being shot, you can “accept the fact” that you have been shot, or being caught in a tornado, you can “accept” it as happening to you; so it is when you are captivated by Christ (your old life is over).  You can accept, or receive, or recognize that God has claimed you.  Notice the difference, though.  God is the one working, deciding, choosing; not you.  God wants so desperately to be your God, and be merciful to you, that he finally won’t leave such an important choice up to you.  Instead, he calls, gathers, enlightens, and chooses by the power of the Holy Spirit when he sends you a preacher [a baptized, believing Christian] who announces “You are forgiven on account of Christ.”

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