Continuing Words of Life A-Z The Ordinary Vocabulary of a Christian, we are encountering the phenomenal connections of all Words to the center of Christianity, which is Christ, Himself. As we look at both Old and New Testaments we learn what is accepted for true life, Life as God our Creator means it to be. As we study we see that God our Father alone can work what is acceptable for the Life of a follower of Christ.
ACCEPTED (ACCEPTABLE) in the Concordance H7521
Defines the word (ratsah rä·tsä’)
A primitive root; to be pleased with; specifically to satisfy a debt:—(be)
accept (-able), accomplish, set affection, approve, consent with, delight (self),
enjoy, (be, have a) favour (-able), like, observe, pardon, (be, have, take) please (-
ure), reconcile self.
ACCEPTABLE is used in two references from Proverbs.
“The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.” Proverbs 10:32
“To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” Proverbs 21:3
The Lord’s acceptance of His people was based on His own work of bringing them out from the other nations.
“I will accept you…….when I bring you……….and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen. (Ezekiel 20:41).
We see in the New Testament the same means of acceptance through the work of His Son for us on the cross.
In The New Testament
ACCEPTED (ACCEPTABLE) in the Concordance G1184
defines the word (dektos dek-tos’)(an adjective derived from 1209 (dexomai) – properly, what is received favorably (acceptable), describing what is welcomed because pleasing.
The most prominent reference is from Ephesians 1:6.
What a state of privilege! It includes our justification before God, but the term “acceptance” in the Greek means more than that. It signifies that we are the objects of divine complacence, nay, even of divine delight. But it is only “in the beloved” ~ accepted in One who never alters, in One who is always the beloved of God, always perfect, always without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing Rejoice, believer, in this: thou art accepted “in the beloved.” Know by full assurance thy glorious standing. Even glorified souls are not more accepted than thou art. They are only accepted in heaven “in the beloved,” and thou art even now accepted in Christ after the same manner. Charles Spurgeon
“But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” Acts 10:35
Whereas the Lord brought His people from other nations, now in Christ, He brings people of every nation to “fear Him and work righteousness.”
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
Accepted as holy in the beloved Christ and by His mercies, we are led to present our bodies a living sacrifice, acceptable to God (vs. 1) to prove what is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God (vs. 2).
“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:5
When we suffer for His sake and take it patiently, this is acceptable with God (1 Peter 2:20).
Dear Father, mighty to save, holy and merciful, making us acceptable to you in Christ, we thank you and live in praise to you. Continue to renew our minds and prove your acceptable will in and through us. Fill us, as living stones with your Spirit to offer the sacrificial life and the spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to you. Fill us with the Life of Christ that witnesses of your presence to the world around us. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.