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Some Christians experience feelings of great joy and gladness when they first accept the Lord. Others may not have these feelings of great joy and these get discouraged by their lack of emotions and wonder have they been really saved?
The Bible tells us that salvation is not built on feelings rather it is built on knowing Christ (Ephesians 2:20). The Christian doesn’t establish his faith on feelings rather than facts. The Christian’s experience is set primarily on the Truth (John 16:13).
Christians are called to be spiritual people (Galatians 6:1). We are “partakers of…spiritual things” (Romans 15:27). We are to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). We must “worship the Father in spirit” (John 4:23-24). We are building a “spiritual house…to offer up spiritual sacrifices” (1 Peter 2:5).
Israel had “a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge” (Romans 10:2). The Holy Spirit educates the mind to accept God’s call (Acts 2:14-37). Therefore, we get saved after we have “come to the knowledge of the Truth” (1 Timothy 2:4) and “receive with meekness the implanted word” (James 1:21). And we rejoice after receiving the Word of God (Acts 8:26-39).
The Christian praises God with his feelings “with uprightness of heart” but only after learning God’s righteous judgments (Psalm 119:7). Worship and adoration comes after the knowledge of the truth (John 4:24; 17:17). And we can be spiritual after accepting “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17) and learning “the fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16-6:1).
So, should the truth stir our souls with feelings? Sure. But, Christianity should not be rooted in feelings. Christianity is grounded in God’s Word. Our salvation is dependent on knowing God’s will. The Bible states that “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
In His service,