“Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.”
“…if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised [H]im from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
A great divider is the sadly debated subject of Christ’s Lordship. In the church or rather in religious camps there have been debates for years on this topic. The two sides are these: In one camp the preacher will offer “Jesus” as Saviour to anyone who will believe. In the other camp it is argued that one cannot “receive” Christ as Saviour lest one is willing to submit to His Lordship or His rule over one’s life. The first camp say’s one can receive Christ as Saviour and make the decision later if one will “make” Him Lord of one’s life. The second camp will argue that Christ will not save one that will not submit.
It is probably obvious on which side we stand. To us it is clear as ….the Chrystal Sea that when one calls out to God for salvation one is willing to give oneself completely over to God. To get to the root of the issue we should ask this question, “From what are we being saved from?” The answer is obvious, right? We are being saved from hell…………..WRONG! This is not what the Bible teaches. The Bible states clearly that Christ has come to save His people from SIN.
So if we are being saved from sin does that not presuppose that the problem all along was sin? So as a sinner one is living against God’s Authority in one’s life, right? So then does it not logically follow that salvation is a submission to that same Authority?
The Scriptures always support this. The Scriptures use “Lord and Saviour” in that order; first Lord and then Saviour. It goes with the doctrines of repent and believe. The thinker might object by asking how one can repent without first believing. Here is the answer. One repents or submits to Christ’s lordship and then one can believe. Believe means more that a change of mind or an acceptance of facts. To believe is to love, trust, and obey. So in other words before one can love Him one must turn from their love of sin. Before one can trust Him one must cease trusting in other things. Before one can obey Him one must cease from disobeying Him. In Scripture there is condemnation for all who do not love Christ. In Hebrews we read that Christ is the Saviour of those who obey Him and without trusting Him there is no love or desire to obey.
The very text that the first camp love to use defeats their argument. They love to quote Romans 10:9; That if thou shalt confess with thine mouth the Lord Jesus…. see it’s in the text.. to be saved one must confess Christ as one’s Lord and then Christ will be one’s Saviour.
We are not saying that there are certain words that must be used like Lordship. What we are stating is that when salvation occurs in one’s life it is because one has completely given everything over to the Lord Jesus and that includes one’s will and all one’s life.
If it is so obvious in Scripture why do so many get it wrong? It is far easier to sell a saviour (small s) and a happy ending than to charge all sinners, with Heaven’s authority, to submit their lives to the righteous rule of Christ the Lord and to be saved from the sin they so love. In fact it is impossible lest the Holy Spirit gives life to whom He will.