Are you saved and going to Heaven because you “asked Jesus into your heart“?
How many times have you heard someone say the following sentence? Or, maybe even you have said? “I asked Jesus into my heart.” They may add that they did this as a child, maybe even during VBS (Vacation Bible School). They walked down the aisle at church or that they prayed a prayer. What exactly does that mean?
Did a little miniature Jesus actually move in? Is there really a microscopic Jesus that has “filled the God-shaped hole in their heart“? Which ventricle did he pick? Nevertheless, maybe you would contend that this is just figurative. That it symbolizes believing in Jesus.
There is no basis for statements like these in the Bible. Where can you find anything that even possibly resembles this? This verse is often used as a basis for these statements.
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. KJV
That is similar to “Jesus is standing at the door of your heart knocking. If you will open the door He will come in.” Doesn’t sound bad at first glance. Yet it is wrong. The full context of the verse is in relation to the church.
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. KJV
See this is referring to the door of the church not to a person’s heart. Hearts do not have doors!
If you have ever seen a picture of Jesus standing at the door, often the door is shown without a handle. This Jesus can’t get in unless you open the door. They have reduced the Powerful, Almighty Lord to handwringing and begging for anyone to let him in. This is not the Lord and Master of all creation – this is a different “Jesus.” As Paul Washer has been known to say, “Jesus would kick the door in if He wanted in“.
2 Cor 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. KJV
What must you do to be saved?
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. KJV
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. KJV
Acts 16:30-31 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. KJV
If you asked Jesus to come into your heart you should reevaluate your salvation. Are you encouraging others to “ask Jesus to come into their heart?”
Jesus doesn’t just want your heart – He wants all of you!