You might be familiar with the quote, “Many people love Jesus as savior but do not like him as LORD.” If I was a betting man I would gamble this particular statement is true. It is desirous to believe Christ as your savior, friend, and love everlasting, but it is hard for our rebellious and independent flesh to be submitted to him as LORD. This is true for all of us.
We see so clearly through scripture the only way we can have a desire for God is by first the Holy Spirit drawing us. Once drawing us and after accepting Him we become a new creation. The great book of Romans paints a clear picture of us being co-crucified, co-buried, and co-raised with Christ. After accepting Christ as savior you are now identified with him. Identified by his glory, his power, his blood. Not your sinful mistakes, not the pain of regret or shame, you are in Christ Jesus now forevermore, as long as your faith continues in him.
This is the saving aspect to your walk with Christ. The sins that you made a lifestyle of before you came to Christ - our Father has now, through the Holy Spirit, baptized you into Christ. A picture of this is found in the Old Testament. When the priest would apply the blood of the sacrifice to the mercy seat no longer did God recognize the sins of the man but the blood of the sacrifice. When your faith is in Christ’s perfect sacrifice God no longer sees your sins but sees the blood of Jesus Christ. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18
It is good to know exactly what Christ has saved us from. Last week we discussed what sin looked like in the life of the unsaved and the saved. In Galatians 5:22 Paul lists all of the sins that can occur when our flesh takes over, instead of our faith. These sinful desires and mistakes can be taken away daily. God saved you from them when you accepted him, and can save you from them after you have accepted him. The term salvation is used 45 times in the greek New Testament and is the term ‘sōtēria’ and it specifically refers to being rescued and brought to safety. Thayer the theologian writes this as the definition, “deliverance, preservation, safety, salvation; deliverance from the molestation of enemies.”
So once Christ is your savior he immediately becomes Lord. Before salvation it is what Christ has done for you, and after it should be what can we do for Christ. Not regarding your sanctification, because He as to forever cleanse you, but in our service to God we should ask what we are to do for his Kingdom. We have a perfect example of this in scripture with the apostle Paul. Acts 9:4-5, “And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”
This was at Saul’s conversion. Immediately, we have evidence that Paul had been saved because He referred to Jesus as ‘LORD’. He did not say a prayer, by any means, or respond to an altar call but we see a heart change from the one who once wanted to murder those who serve Jesus Christ to now calling him Lord.
Again, Jesus as Savior is a message that should ever always be preached among churches and the world today, but it also should always be coupled with Christ being Lord over our lives.
With love from me to you,
Pastor Colton Pemberton