A Personal Relationship With Jesus
If you've attended an Evangelical church lately, you've probably been invited to enter into “a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”. In other words, while the phrase “personal relationship with Jesus” isn't Check out his recent post “Origin have 'Personal Savior' & the Idea of. In other words, while the phrase “personal relationship with Jesus” isn't in the Bible, the concept is. In fact, it's everywhere. From Genesis to.
However, the concepts themselves - when understood correctly - can certainly be found in very explicit terms within Scripture.
The idea of a "personal relationship with Jesus" speaks primarily to the idea that a person does not just know about the historical character called Jesus the Christ in a purely historical or religious context. It speaks to the fact that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the message that by placing one's trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of their personal sins they can have restored fellowship with God, and a direct relationship with him where God listens to the individual and relates to the individual through the Holy Spirit, through the Scriptures, and through the Body of Christ the Church.
The phrase speaks to the personal nature of this relationship and how biblical Salvation is a personal process where God interacts individually with each of the people he is giving salvation to - not just in a generic and disconnected relationship to all of mankind.
While we do not read the words as such in the Scriptures, neither do we read any of our English words in the original text - all are an interpretation. But while we don't read these words even in our English interpretation, the concept behind them is very much present in many passages throughout the New Testamant.
Why we call it “a personal relationship with Jesus”
So while I would assert that the actual words in question have been made popular by contemporary evangelical leaders who started the exact linguistic combination of words I surely don't knowI would also argue that the concept which they actually represent is not unique to our culture, or some post-enlightenment thinking. The idea of personal salvation is very explicitly discussed in the Scriptures.
Here's a few of the passages in the New Testament that make the case: If anyone loves me, they will obey me.
Then my Father will love them, and we will come to them and live in them. I have told you these things while I am still with you. But the Holy Spirit will come and help you, because the Father will send the Spirit to take my place. The Spirit will teach you everything and will remind you of what I said while I was with you. Also, consider Revelation 3: I am standing and knocking at your door. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and we will eat together.
In the first century culture of the middle east, eating together was a very personal things. As much as we want to peg the enlightenment with being the source of our individualism and it certainly was on a certain scaleit's not as though the idea of personal, intimate relationships were absent from society before that time period. In fact, one of the greatest demonstrations of a personal, intimate interaction you could have with another person in ancient culture was to eat a meal with them.
It was a symbol of deep inner fellowship. So for Jesus to say "I will come in and we will eat together" is explicitly language of personal intimacy.
Appendix: A Personal Relationship With Christ
In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him.
In this is love: The initiative for the life of a Christian is a movement descending from the Father to men: The movement descending from the Father to man touches man first in baptism. We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.
For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection. And even when you were dead in transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he brought you to life along with him This new life of the Christian is directly a participation in the life of Christ, is the life of a member, joined with the Head, in the Body of Christ which is the Church.
The movement through Christ in the Father, founded in participation in the divine life - the movement of life in its origin involves union with Christ and - through Christ - with the Father. The new life of the Christian is an assimilation of God through Christ. This life begins in baptism. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, "Abba, Father! The new life of the Christian is a personal gift of the Father. The response to this personal communication in the Christian is the gift or the donation of self to God through Christ. Corresponding to this ontological state, the Christian life is not to be lived for itself, but for Christ and - through Christ - for God.
For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. How is this gift of self of the Christian to be made manifest?
It is first manifested in service to God because service to God involves conformity to the divine will and also praise to God. Christ is the model for the Christian of service in the divine will. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
The total earthly servitude of Christ consummated on the cross was praise and glory to God. Just as with Christ, the servitude of the Christian is simultaneously praise to God. The gift of the self for the Christian is the denial of self. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it. Then come, follow me.
This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments. But I shall show you a still more excellent way.