Disciples Come In All Shapes and Sizes, Part 4 (Understanding God’s Great Salvation #39)

The Bible says in John 1:11-12: “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 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.”

Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from A.W. Tozer. He said: “Jesus is not one of many ways to approach God, nor is He the best of several ways; He is the only way.”

Our topic today is titled Disciples Come In All Shapes and Sizes (Part 4) from the book, “So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ” by Dr. Charles Ryrie.

Some of the favorite New Testament verses about salvation do not include the requirement of submission, but only faith. John 1:12 says, “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.” This verse promises that those who receive Him will become children of God. The “Him” is, of course, Jesus, but in the context the emphasis is placed on Jesus as God, not Master of lives. He is the Word; He is God; He is the Creator; He is life and light; He was incarnated; He replaced the Law of Moses; and He was the One who made God known.

The emphasis in John 1:1-18 seems to be that we must receive Him who is God and who became man. It is the God-man Savior whom John asks us to receive. Nowhere is the matter of personal lordship or mastery over one’s life introduced.

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