Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | June 30, 2007

Saviour, Yes. Lord? I’m Not Sure

Lord & Saviour, Saviour & Lord. We often hear these two terms used together. However, many professing Christians use these terms as though they’re entirely separate from one another.

Is it possible for Jesus to be one’s Saviour with Him being their Lord? Certainly, 5-point TULIP arguments aside 🙂 Throughout the New Testament, it seems to be generally accepted that Jesus died for the whole world, not just those whom He called. (1 Tim. 4:10, 1 John 2:2)  However, not all of those for whom He died acknowledge or profess Him.  Does He, then, cease to be their Saviour and allow them to find their own “path” to salvation? Certainly not!

I’m sure I’m going to put some people out of their comfort zone by posting this.  However, it needs to be said.  Many claim to love  Jesus & accept Him as their Saviour, but will not allow Him to be the Lord of their lives. They want to be numbered among His saints, but apparently feel that they are “good” enough to be saved without letting Jesus be in control. How many either have someone in their lives who has made these statements, or perhaps has made them themselves?

“I don’t need a church, and I don’t need other Christians. I believe in Jesus, He expects nothing more of me.”

“Hell was made up by the Catholics to keep people in line. God never created a hell.”

“No matter what I do, I have no fear of hell. What was John 3:16 all about if it meant we weren’t all saved from hell?”

These are examples of what Lutheran pastor and martyr Dietrich Bonehoeffer described as “cheap grace”. God’s gift of grace is freely given, but it’s not cheap. Like any gift, we must accept it. When we accept God’s gift of grace, we open ourselves up to being changed and renewed by that gift. The irony is that the first generation of Christians freely preached the Gospel, attended worship at least once weekly despite persecution, and did not fear loss of life in exhange for being faithful. 2000 years later, many who profess Jesus are reluctant to talk about their faith, are willing to give up Sunday worship for a hike/trip to the beach/whatever, and are willing to sacrifice their faith for any number of reasons.

Jesus literally purchased the Church with His own blood (Acts 20:2) That Church is made up of true Christians of all denominational backgrounds. If you believe in Him, you are part of that Church. How, then, will YOU respond to His sacrifice for you?

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