Summary: (PowerPoint Slides and Cell Study Notes freely available by emailing Emile@Wolfaardt.com) What does it really mean to ’receive Him’?...
John 1:1-5, 10-14a
This morning I want to talk with you about a question that is relevant to each and every one of us here. It is a rather critical questions because, by biblical definition, all eternity hangs in it’s balance. And the question is this: What does it mean to receive Him?
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What does it mean to receive Him?
Verses 10-11 from the first chapter of John are amongst the saddest verses in all the Bible.
John 1:10-11 "He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him."
The tragic reality is that many, many millions across the world still do not receive Him - and the consequences of not receiving Him are eternally devastating.
Now before we dismiss the question as important but irrelevant to ourselves, because we surely are those who believe, and we surely are those who do indeed receive Him, may I probe a little deeper?
I think there is a danger here that we would do well to recognize. The Bible is clear - when we receive Him we are born from above, our sin is taken away and we are clothed in His righteousness, we are victorious over the enemy and are destined for His heaven. And we like that - we like to preach about that and say amen to that.
But my friends, those promises are not to those who . . .
go to church . . . but to those who receive Him.
read their Bibles and say their prayers . . . but to those who receive Him.
who receive religion or have an orthodox system of belief . . . but to those who receive Him.
receive a version of Christ formed and fashioned after their ideal of what God should be like . . . but to those who receive Him.
Many who fill our church buildings on a Sunday morning, I would suggest to you, do not worship the Christ who is, but the Christ they have fashioned as they believe He should be. My friend, such a Christ may get you into church but will not get you to heaven. The Christ of Scripture will not be fashioned into anything other than Who and What He is.
He will not be fashioned by popular theology in the waves of Christian opinion.
He will not be fashioned by unstudied preachers in rubber pulpits.
And He will not be fashioned by expediency, the collective consensus of society, Christian or otherwise.
Precious friends, He is unfashionable, He is unchangeable - it is a take it or leave it deal - and for that you can be truly grateful.
So then the question, that begs itself from our introduction, is this: What does it mean to receive Him?
I would suggest four things that it means to truly receive Him. It means to. . .
1. Recognize Who He Is
Jesus asked that rather probing question of the disciples, "Who do men say that I am?" And then He brought it home to Peter - "But who do YOU say I am." And that is what it comes down to each and every time.
In a very real sense, that is the question that has been asked in one form or another since the down of human history.