A True Witness Of The Gospel LIVES!
Salvation is a call to
discipleship. One cannot have Jesus as Savior without also acknowledging Him as Lord.
Next comes, through Holy Spirit realization, a life lived in some self recognizable manner that signifies the
true faith that saves IS working .
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the
heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
The New Testament
uses the word for “Lord” (kurios) 748 times, and 667 of those times it is used in reference to God or Jesus
“Jesus Christ our Lord". The New Testament uses the word for “savior” only 24 times.
Christ is most certainly our Savior, but this cannot be separated from the fact that Jesus Christ is Lord, and as Lord,
He commands and we obey.
Jesus, in His Great Commission to the 11 remaining disciples, commanded them to go into
all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to observe all that He had commanded them
(Matthew 28:19-20). Evangelism and discipleship go hand in hand. A disciple is one who observes (keeps, obeys) all that Jesus
has commanded. There is NO two-stage process in Christianity—first, be saved; then become a disciple. This arbitrary
distinction is foreign to the New Testament and therefore foreign to Christianity
GOD FIRST: LORD OF OUR LIFE
Jesus spoke to
His disciples about discipleship in Luke 14:25-33. In that passage, Jesus says to the crowds that no one can be His disciple
unless they first "hate" (comparative only) their family (v. 26). Furthermore, the one who cannot bear his own
cross cannot be His disciple (v. 27). Two conditions are given by Jesus in order to be His disciple. The first is to be
willing to renounce family in order to follow Jesus. The second is to be willing to die, both literally and metaphorically
(“die to self”) in order to follow Jesus. Jesus then gives two examples of “counting the cost.” The
first is an example of a man who desires to build a tower without first counting the cost of building the tower. After realizing
he cannot complete it, he gives up in shame and embarrassment. The second is that of a king preparing to go to battle and
making sure he can defend against the superior foe. The point Jesus is making is that discipleship has a cost.
discipleship requires repentance and obedience. At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, the message He preached was a
message of repentance (Matthew 4:17). The message of the apostles after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension was also
one of repentance (Acts 2:38 ). Along with repentance comes obedience. Jesus told a crowd of listeners that salvation and
obedience go hand in hand: “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46).
Jesus then goes on to differentiate the one who builds his house on the sand from the one who builds his house on the rock,
that is, the man who not only hears the words of Jesus, but does them, too.
Salvation by grace alone through faith
alone is so much more than simply mouthing the words “Jesus is Lord.” We are not saved by a profession of faith.
We are not saved by praying the Sinner’s Prayer. We are not saved by signing a card or walking an aisle. We are saved
by a living and active faith (James 2:14-26), a faith that manifests itself in repentance, obedience and love of God and
our neighbor. Salvation is not a transaction; it’s a transformation. Paul says it best when he says we are “new
creations” in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). There is nothing “cheap” about grace!
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of
my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and
in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I
never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
IF SAVED JESUS IS LORD OF OUR LIFE: IT IS OUR CONVICTION
IN OUR SOUL. A CENTRAL TRUTH OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IS THAT WE BECOME UNITED TO A LIVING CHRIST. THAT IS ALL IMPORTANT.
Acts 2:36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye
have crucified, both Lord and Christ."
Jesus IS Lord. He IS sovereign. His sovereignty is the important thing
in our Christian life. HE IS GOD THE SON!
13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi,
he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John
the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Jesus IS the
Anointed One. He is the King. He is the Lord. None of us is fit to serve unless He has mastered us
The Holy Spirit
commands our obedience and allegiance to Jesus. The Holy Spirit interprets the lordship in our life. The unifying work of
the Holy Spirit is to reveal the lordship of Jesus to all believers. Within this unity is diversity of gifts. 1 Cor.12:4
(See 5-13 as well for a full study)
Learn why so many fall away. Why so many are apostate and heretics.
Why so many who professed belief were never saved. And why the fruits of repentance never appear.Their blood is on us if
we do not testify in full belief exemplified in our walk in the faith given by God to us to believe God in the first place.
And this comes by His free gift to those God calls and who were known to God before this world was made. Eph.1:3-14
Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not
of works, lest any man should boast."
"JESUS IS LORD" is a ever evolving supernatural life through
God the Holy Spirit in us who will never leave a born again Christian!
13 For whosoever shall
call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?
and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel
of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the
Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 1 Cor.12:3
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto
me, and I unto the world. Gal.6:14
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us
from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom.8:39
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing?
Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 1 Th.2:19
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall
bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth
not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves
are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
20 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 overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been
better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment
delivered unto them.
Chaim, least of brethren