Jesus asking us into his heart
John 2:23-25 has a startling truth about how Jesus must ask us into his heart for true salvation to be experienced.
"Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man."
Amazing! People saw the miracles and believed in Jesus. But… he did not entrust himself to them. In other words he did not "pray to receive them into his heart"!
This shakes the core of assurance of salvation for many who have "prayed the prayer" at some point in their past but yet there is no fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Where the Holy Spirit lives there is progressive holiness in the life. We talk so much about "believers" but Jesus talks about "followers".
What if we started referring to ourselves and others as "Christ Followers" rather than "Believers"? We know that true belief will produce a life of following.
Thank you Jesus for asking me into your heart!
What do you think about this view of assurance of salvation?