What happens when you give your life to Christ?

When someone is saved, it’s often said, “I gave my life to Jesus.”  But what does that really mean?  Doesn’t everything on earth, and every person who’s ever lived or is now alive, belong to the Creator of all things? If everything belongs to Jesus, how can you “give Him your life” when it’s already His?

Psa 24:1  The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.
Prov 16:4  The LORD has made all for Himself, Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.

When a repentant sinner comes to Jesus seeking forgiveness and wanting eternal life, what is it that the person gives to Jesus? Let’s review some foundational truths before answering that question.

Purchased by Christ

God sent Jesus to earth to live and die for the sins of mankind, and by the shedding of His blood He has purchased us.

John 3:16-17  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  

John 3:17 tells that God sent Jesus to the whole world, so “that the world through Him might be saved.”   While Jesus came to pay for the sins of all people, God’s words, “might be,” in John 3:17, indicate only the possibility of salvation, not a guarantee.  The next verse tells us that salvation is conditioned on belief.

John 3:18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:18 tells that God “owns” the lives of all people, for He alone determines the eternal destiny of every person. All people are God’s creation and are under His law. Because God’s law is written on the hearts of all people (Rom 2:14-15).

Gal 4:4-5  But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

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