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Let Jesus into your heart!

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by Jason Smathers on January 2, 2010

A phrase often criticized in reformed circles because of it’s typical use by Arminian evangelists, often coupled with Revelation 3:20 out of context they will say “Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart, wont you let him in?”

Of course we know Jesus is no beggar. But does that mean we need to shun the phrase Let [or receive] Jesus into your heart? The prince of preachers didn’t seem to think so. Of course Spurgeon does not couple the phrase with an out of context Revelation 3:20 or use it to make false converts. Here is what Spurgeon does say:
There is no way of knowing God, and being reconciled to God, except as we receive Jesus Christ, his Son, into our hearts, and learn of him, through the Holy Spirit’s teaching, all that he delights to reveal to us concerning his Father.

Spurgeon’s Collected Sermons – Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit. #3222 – The Lamb Of God. Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. 2/20/1870, 11/3/1910. emphasis added
My dear hearer, if you get Christ, you have obtained riches which you can take with you in the hour of death. The rich man clutched his bags of money, and as he laid them on his heart, he murmured, “They will not do, they will not do; take them away!” If you receive Jesus into your heart, he will be death’s best antidote.

Spurgeon’s Collected Sermons – Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit. #0745 – The Unsearchable Riches of Christ. The Agricultural Hall, Islington. 4/14/1867. emphasis added
The Lamb himself has become your food; feed on him; remove your spiritual hunger by receiving Jesus into your heart. This is the food whereof if a man eat he shall live for ever. Be filled with all the fullness of God, as you now receive the Lord Jesus as God and man.

Spurgeon’s Collected Sermons – Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit. #1956 – On The Cross After Death. Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. 04/03/1887. emphasis added

This last example shows where Spurgeon puts the power for us to receive Jesus into our hearts. He is clear that even faith is a gift from God.

And when you and I receive Jesus Christ into our heart, he evermore comes as a gift. The faith by which we receive him is a gift: the gift of God is faith, but Jesus Christ himself never comes to a soul that has faith, as a reward.

Spurgeon’s Collected Sermons – Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit.
#0782 – Saying Knowledge.
Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.
11/24/1867.
emphasis added

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