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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Relationship with Jesus (Matthew 7)

I've heard people say, "Where does it say we have to have a relationship with Jesus to be saved?" We actually see it several places in Scripture. The most notable to me is in Matthew 7 where Jesus tells us, "It's not about your good deeds; it's about knowing Me."

Human nature wants to say that our salvation is based on doing more good than bad. If I'm a pretty good person, surely I will go to heaven, right? If I'm basically kind, haven't physically harmed anyone, give to the poor every once in a while, and go to church pretty regularly, then I should go to heaven, right?

The problem with that logic is it's nowhere close to what Scripture says. Actually Scripture says the exact opposite. It says our works cannot save us. We can't do enough good to earn our way to heaven.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; [9] not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Ok, so what if I'm a pretty good person and I believe Jesus is who He says He is and that He died on the cross and all that stuff. Then I will go to heaven, right?

Actually Jesus said it's more than just saying you believe. In fact, James 2:19 says, "even the demons believe and shutter." The demons know exactly who Jesus is. They know He is the Son of God, that He stepped down off the throne, and took on human flesh to draw people to Himself so they can find forgiveness and restoration. The demons know all of that "stuff" but refuse to repent of their sins and follow Jesus as their Lord. The demons refuse to truly know Jesus:

Matthew 7:22-23 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ [23] And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me’

In the end, those who will be saved are those who know Jesus intimately; those who have a relationship with Him. Those who will be saved are those who have repented of their sins and turned to Jesus as their Savior and the Lord of their lives. Those who will be saved are those who have a personal relationship with Jesus.

Do you truly know Jesus or just know of Jesus? You may know all about a celebrity or professional athlete. You may be their biggest fan. But they don't know you. You don't have a personal and intimate relationship with them. You don't talk with them daily.

We get to know Jesus personally by spending time with Him in His Word, in prayer, and in worship, not just going through the motions to get a check in the box that we went to church or performed a certain task or are a member of the fan club.

Do you know Jesus personally? Are you truly drawing close to Him with your soul, mind, and spirit? Are you trusting in Him and crying out to Him for guidance when you are tempted, scared, or uncertain about the things going on in your life?

Do you truly know Jesus?

Dear Lord, I pray for those reading this today. I pray that if they are not certain that they know You personally, that they would stop right now and ask You to reveal yourself to them as both their Lord and their Savior as they commit their life to You right now. Lord, Your Word says when we draw close to You and pledge our life to You as your follower, your Holy Spirit comes within us as the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of Your glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14) So Lord, I pray that You would be glorified this day as whoever is reading this, commits their life to You, right now. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

If you have just prayed to give your life to Jesus, to truly follow Him, we would love to pray for you. Email us so that our Living Word Ministries team can be praying for you as you start your faith journey in getting to know Jesus, personally, as your Lord and Savior.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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Unknown member
Dec 07, 2022

excellent explanations

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