I’m very excited to share some of what I’ve been led to hear and read the last few days. I believe when messages come to you from many different sources, God is speaking.
“If you believe in the Gospel what you like, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the Gospel you believe in, but yourself.”–St. Augustine of Hippo
Many have accepted Jesus as their Savior, but is He your Lord? Jesus lived a perfect life on earth. He never committed one disobedient act. As the only innocent human being who has ever lived, He gave His life for the freedom of humankind. On the cross He took the judgment of every man and woman who’d already lived, was living, or would live in the future. He shed His royal blood as the payment to liberate us from slavery. He died and was buried.
Since He had lived a perfect life before God, the Spirit of God raised Him from the dead three days later. He is now seated at the right hand of God Almighty, who has made this decree: “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)
The word lord is the Greek word kurios, which means “master, owner, supreme in authority”. Lord declares the position He holds in our life, whereas Savior describes the work He’s done for us. In order to partake of the benefit of His work, we must come under His position as Lord and King and submit our will to His.
Jesus Himself gave us the example of submission. “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” (Hebrews 5:7) Our Lord Jesus Christ submitted even unto death. “‘Abba, Father,’ he said, ‘everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will’” (Mark 14:36)
Paul says, “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” (Col. 2:6-7) Paul doesn’t state, “As you accepted Christ Jesus as your Savior.” Our lives must be submitted to Him as our supreme and only King, and then we benefit from His salvation. This plays out practically by our firm adherence to His Word, wisdom, counsel, directives, correction, and instruction whether we see the reason for it or not. We no longer feed from the tree of our own evaluation of what is right or wrong. We live in Him; His life becomes ours.
We aren’t asked to just call Him Lord, we are to submit to His Lordship. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 7:21)
How will we know? “If someone claims, ‘I know God,’ but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love Him. That is how we know we are living in Him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:4-6)