31 Jesus answered, “So now you believe?
— John 16:31 NCV
If Jesus asked us that question today, could we truthfully answer “Yes, Lord, I truly believe.”? The disciples had spent the better part of three years with Jesus. They walked with Him, talked with Him, ate with Him and yet, it is only now that they confess that they believe that Jesus came from God. We might think this to be very strange. Yet, how many times did we hear the story of Jesus from people that we believed and respected, yet we did not accept Him as our Savior? In my teenage years, I went to the altar and had a very real emotional experience while I was kneeling there. Yet, when I left that building, my thought patterns and lifestyle were unchanged. Looking back at that experience years later, I realized that I had not truly accepted Jesus as my Savior and Lord. It would be years later before I truly repented and turned to Jesus with all my heart. True repentance will make a change in our thinking and in our lifestyle. Will it keep us from ever sinning again? No, the flesh will win some battles, but our reponse to the conviction of the Holy Spirit will always be to turn back to Jesus and ask for His forgiveness. And He will always be there with open arms, waiting to forgive us and restore to our salvation and His peace and joy.
Great post. I so much concur with you. A few days ago, we were talking about false conversions and how the sinner’s prayer has devastated the state of the church today.