Biblical evidence: personal relationship with Jesus

This material is from my 2013 book, Revelation! 1001 biblical answers to theological topics; except that here the passages of the Bible will be RSV. In the book, they are mainly KJV, for copyright reasons. The book was designed to answer 1001 theological questions solely from the scriptures.

I have also included selected parts of the housing section, as this is a closely related concept. I also added two additional questions (answered by Galatians 4: 9 and Philippians 3: 8) that were not in the book. A word in one of the questions has been changed to reflect the different wording of the VRS.


What passage teaches that we are children of God and have a personal relationship with him?

Romans 8: 14-16 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. [15] Because you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the spirit of sonship. When we shout, “Abba! Father!” [16] it is the Spirit himself who testifies to our spirit that we are children of God,

Does God “dwell” in Christians?

1 John 3:24 All who keep his commandments abide in him, and he in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.

Can we know God personally?

Galatians 4: 9 . . . you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God. . .

Does the Bible speak of “knowing” Jesus?

Philippians 3: 8 Indeed, I see everything as a loss because of the incomparable value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. . . .

The Father and the Son “make their home” with the believers?

John 14:23 Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our house with him.”

Is Jesus “in” the believers?

John 14:20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

Is there a passage about accepting Jesus in our hearts?

Ephesians 3:17 and that Christ dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and founded in love,

Does Jesus say He will “come” to us?

John 14: 18-19 “I won’t leave you sorry; I will come to you. [19] A little while longer, and the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you will live too.

Does Jesus call his disciples his “friends”?

John 15:15 I no longer call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

Is Jesus talking about a loving relationship with his disciples?

John 14:21 He who has my commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and I will manifest myself to him.

Does Jesus use a tender metaphor of a hen and her chicks, to signify his love for us?

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those sent to you! How many times have I gathered your children like a hen gathers her offspring under her wings, and you wouldn’t!

Does Jesus Bring “Peace” to Us?

John 14:27 Peace I leave you; I give you my peace; I don’t give you as the world gives. May your hearts not be troubled, may they not be afraid either.

Does Jesus fulfill our prayer requests?

John 14:13 Whatever you ask in my name I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son;

Does Jesus promise to be “with” us?

Matthew 18:20 . . . I am with you always, until the end of the age.


Photo credit: Christ blessing the children (1653), by Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons]


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