Would God Reject Someone Who Wants to be Saved?
Would God reject someone who sincerely seeks God’s forgiveness and salvation? Does God choose or elect people against their free will to enter hell even though they may desire to be saved?
If someone seeks salvation from God, should that person doubt God’s willingness to save him/her?
What should you do if you have overwhelming guilt or condemnation that leads you to think that God doesn’t want to forgive or save you?
According to Scripture God does not reject anyone who genuinely wants to be saved. God desires to forgive anyone who believes and receives Jesus Christ through faith.
Below are 5 reasons why God does not reject someone who wants to be saved
1. God is forgiving and He will forgive anyone who seeks Him
The blood that Christ shed on the cross is capable of completely removing every sin in our life so that we are presented as being righteous before God. The forgiveness of God is also available to everyone.
God’s mercy and grace is available to everyone. So when we come to God seeking His forgiveness, the Lord will indeed forgive us of every sin we commit. Without believing in Jesus Christ there is no forgiveness of sin.
Acts 10:43 says: To Him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name. [Emphasis added]
1 John 1:9 says: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Ephesians 1:7 NLT says: He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins.
Acts 13:38-40 NLT says: Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins. 39 Everyone who believes in Him is declared right with God—something the law of Moses could never do. [Emphasis added]
2. It is not God’s nature to reject someone who genuinely wants to be saved
The Scriptures inform us that God does not desire to see anyone perish. If it were possible, God would desire to see everyone saved and not a single person enter hell.
1 Timothy 2:3-4 says: This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. [Emphasis added]
2 Peter 3:9 says: The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance [Emphasis added]
Therefore the nature of God is to desire to see all people saved because He does not wish that any should perish. Unfortunately through their own free will many people reject God and therefore not all can be saved. Nevertheless it is God’s nature and desire that all would use their free will to choose God.
3. Jesus died for the ungodly
Perfect people do not need to repent and therefore do not need a Saviour. Jesus did not come to save perfect people, because there are no perfect people. Jesus came to save the lost; the ungodly; the unrighteous.
Romans 5:6 says: For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Christ came to save sinners so that mankind may have both eternal life and a right relationship with God. He paid the price for sin by His blood for anyone who acknowledges that he/she is a sinner who has broken God’s laws and commandments, and is therefore in need of Jesus Christ the Saviour.
Luke 5:31-32 says: And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
Sin is like a sickness and Jesus Christ is the only cure.
4. God is motivated by love to save us
Even though we have all sinned, God still loves us and He is willing to forgive and remove all our sins. The main reason why Jesus came to earth was to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29).
It was love that brought Jesus to the Cross. It was love that motivated God to allow Christ to redeem us and pay for our sins.
Romans 5:8 says: But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God’s love was not directed to only a few select people, but His love is expressed and demonstrated towards the entire world.
John 3:16-17 says: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”
5. Whoever calls upon the Lord will be saved
The Bible is clear that the invitation for salvation is meant for everyone. Salvation is meant for anyone who seeks God and calls on Him seeking forgiveness, redemption, eternal life and an everlasting relationship with God.
Acts 2:21 says: And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. [Emphasis Added]
Romans 10:9-11 says: Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.” [Emphasis Added]
You Have a Choice to either Believe or Reject
God has given humans free will. Therefore not everyone can be saved because God has given people the free will to either choose or reject Him.
However anyone who responds to the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by acknowledging his/her sin and genuinely seeks God’s forgiveness and redemption through Jesus Christ will be saved.
God will not reject anyone who desires to be born again or seeks a genuine relationship with Him.
In Revelation 3:20 Jesus says: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me.”
God will not reject anyone who calls on His name with the desire to be forgiven and saved (Acts 2:21).
God will not reject anyone who through faith believes and receives Jesus Christ (John 1:12).
God will not reject anyone who wants to be saved just as Paul and Silas’ jailer experienced. The jailer asked how he can be saved and Paul & Silas gave Him the Gospel answer.
Acts 16:29-33 says: The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.” 32 And they shared the word of the Lord with him and with all who lived in his household.
Will you believe in Jesus Christ today?