It’s a personal thing?

“As for having a ‘personal relationship’ with Christ, if the phrase means something more than assenting to true propositions about Jesus, what is that something more? Feeling warm inside? Coffee has the same effect. Surely ‘personal relationship’ does not mean what we mean when we say that we know someone personally: perhaps we have shaken his hand visited his home or he ours, or eaten with him. John had a ‘personal relationship’ with Christ in that sense, as did all the disciples, including Judas Iscariot. But millions of Christians have not, and Jesus called them blessed: They have not seen and yet have believed. The difference between Judas Iscariot and the other disciples is not that they had a ‘personal relationship’ with Jesus and he did not, but that they believed, that is, assented to, certain propositions about Jesus, while Judas did not believe those propositions.”—Gordon H. Clark


2 thoughts on “It’s a personal thing?

  1. I agree with this wholeheartedly, but want to add just a smidge more. Faith is more than just a mental assent .. I mean, the New Testament tells us that demons will give mental assent to Truths about Jesus …. do they have a relationship with Jesus? Nope. True Faith … Living Faith … is Faith that is coupled by action. (see James) You can’t really separate the two.


    • Thanks for your insights on this. I agree with you wholeheartedly. Living faith, crucifying your flesh daily applying His word, prayer… these are all things that are part of a living faith.

      In Christ



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