Jesus as Lord and Saviour
Although I have written about this topic, I wish to look at it from a slightly different perspective.
Let us look at some verses from the Bible
|… But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. … But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. …
//biblehub.com/2_peter/3-18.htm – 19k
|… For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the
everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. …
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|… For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge
of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and …
//biblehub.com/2_peter/2-20.htm – 20k
|… for our commonwealth has its existence in the heavens, from which
also we await the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour, …
//biblehub.com/philippians/3-20.htm – 18k
|… To the only God our Saviour through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory and magnificence, empire and power, before all ages, and now, and for all ages of ages. …
//biblehub.com/jude/1-25.htm – 18k
|… To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace,
from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. …
//biblehub.com/titus/1-4.htm – 18k
|… Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our
Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; …As we can see from the above Scriptures, Jesus is not just our Saviour, but also our Lord. The focus of the Church has, in most cases, been on Jesus as our Saviour. Jesus as our Lord is very much about taking the commandments of Jesus and applying them to ourselves and seeking to help others do the same, as they do not just apply to our character, but also our society. Discipleship is more than personal holiness, it is about every area of our lives – love one another and love our enemies (both include those who live in other countries).
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Matthew 25:31-46)
Notice that this passage is aimed at Christians who have accepted the Lordship of Jesus in their lives, and it is not saying good works gets you into Heaven.
1And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the bodya and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.b 4Butc God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:1-10)
As we can see from the above passage we are only saved from our sins, from the wrath of God, because of the Cross. We can only be saved through our belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus, leading to repentance of all our sins, out of thankfulness, and then knowing that we have been forgiven by God and that He accepts us through giving us the Holy Spirit live out the life to which He has called us. Where the Church fails in its ministry, is explaining to the potential believer that by accepting Jesus as their Saviour also means accepting Him as their Lord. For we Christians have a ‘ministry’ that God has prepared for us beforehand. If we are not willing to do this, we will not be going to Heaven. So, we need to get across the Lordship message before the Salvation one, so that people know what is involved in becoming a Christian. At the same time, we must also get across that the ‘yoke’ of the Lord is light, and that they will have the Holy Spirit and fellow believers to help them along the journey of faith.
22But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (James 1)
14What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what goodb is that? 17So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? (James 2)
21“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. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ 24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7)
To give an example of what I am talking about – “You are not married to your spouse until you say “I do” to each other. Neither being in love emotionally, nor agreeing intellectually that the one I love is a good match for me makes me married. Emotion and intellect play a part in marriage for sure — but it is the act of volition, or will, that establishes marriage.
Popular, faulty theology of “salvation” is called “easy believism.” At its core, there is a “belief ” in Jesus void of consideration for the biblical definition of who He is. Followers thus “receive” Jesus according to their understanding of whom they think Jesus is — in contrast to what the Bible reveals. In Romans 10:9-10 Scripture states:
That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Believe in your heart (pisteuo kardia) is the Greek idea of volitional (will)commitment — something Jesus says that was not present in those He was speaking about in Matthew 7 (above). The Lord, Lord, quote therein refers to the tragic faultiness of intellectual assent only, versus the believe in your heart volitional commitment that is indicative of authentic salvation. These passages more than suggest that to be truly saved one must not only give intellectual agreement, but volitionally submit to the fact that Jesus is Lord, (kurios) which means “sovereign,” “master,” or “boss.” Kurios is used as a descriptor of Jesus 747 times in the NT! Biblically informed belief in Jesus then, requires one to turn from all other understanding(s) as to who he thinks Jesus is and bow the knee to His Lordship. This is known as repentance. In contrast, self-informed thinking of Jesus — thinking of Him in another way, or lessor way, will not get us there (cf. 2Cor. 11:4)!” https://capmin.org/will-jesus-say-to-you-i-never-knew-you/
3As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 4And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. 5For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. 6And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.
9“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. 10And then many will fall awaya and betray one another and hate one another. 11And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24)
I discipline my body and keep it under control,b lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (1Corinthians 9:27)
1Now I would remind you, brothers,a of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. (1Corinthians 15)
By implication, the above passages talk about the continuing need to love God, and deepen our relationship with Him through doing His will as laid out in the Scriptures. God wants us to be saved, that is why He sent Jesus to the Cross, but because of free will, we have a choice, either we reject it, or we believe it and do not accept Jesus as Lord (which nullifies our faith) or we accept Jesus as our Lord.
So, in summary, those of you who have Jesus as your Saviour, is He also Lord of your life? Because of the lack of teaching and understanding of the Scriptures, many Christians have been slow to learn about sharing one’s faith, been open to the Holy Spirit and His gifts, seeing work (the office, home, factory) as much as ministry as being involved in a local church, the importance of serving others in and outside the church (and creating real community through vulnerability), as well as advocacy over social and moral issues – a whole-life discipleship.
So, will you take up the challenge and make Jesus your Lord – willing to obey out of love for God?