We are looking at this entry in my church home’s statement of faith.
We believe that salvation is the free gift of God, entirely apart from human merit or works, and is received through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, and that believers are kept secure in Him forever. Ephesians 2:8-9; John 10:27-30; John 3:16-18, John 14:6; Acts 4:12
There are 5 words in this faith statement, which are more important than any of the definitions and questions we have been studying. They are:
“Lord Jesus Christ as Savior”
The most important thing to understand about salvation is the WHO of it.
It’s fine to understand all these doctrines and ideas, but Jesus actually answers all my questions.
Jesus – His name means Salvation.
Jesus – He is the Grace – the gift of God.
Jesus – He is the author and object of our faith.
We may be saved from sin, but we are saved to Jesus.
It is Jesus who promised never to leave me or forsake me.
Our Savior is given the title, Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s break that down.
First and foremost we must recognize Jesus as Lord. It is no mistake that Jesus is called Lord and Savior, not Savior and Lord. The church over the centuries has often turned this around to it own detriment.
but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. - 2 Peter 3:18 NASB
Skye Jethani, [who is among other things the Executive Editor of Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal and one of the co-hosts of a great podcast, The Phil Vischer Podcast] says the gospel in its simplest form is ‘Jesus is Lord.’
As I have said many times before, there are many forms and stages our relationship with Jesus progresses through, but we must first come to Jesus as servants. When we are called to Him, we must respond with a resounding ‘YES LORD’ in our hearts.
In fact, that might just be the best practical definition of faith. Faith is a life that said ‘yes Lord' to Jesus. [Tweet This]
Kim Josephson, who led me to faith, often proclaims, “You must make Jesus, your Master, your Lord, your King, your Boss.”
Next we see His name, Jesus, means Salvation.
She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. - Matthew 1:21 NASB
God has exalted Jesus to the highest place, and set His name, Jesus, above every name that is named.
… God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. - Philippians 2:9-11 NASB
which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, - Ephesians 1:20-22 NASB
Finally, He bears the title Christ. (No, Christ was not Mary and Joseph’s last name.) Christ means anointed one. It would be the Greek word used to refer to the Jew’s Messiah. When the woman at the well saw that Jesus was looking directly into her heart she ran through the city calling:
Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ? - John 4:29 NKJV
So you see, when we say Lord Jesus Christ, we have said a mouthful.
Jesus is Lord – is He yours?
Jesus is Savior – is He yours?
Jesus is Christ – is He yours?
Will you bow your knee to this King of King and Lord of Lords?
It is the only path to Salvation – sozo.
He is the Grace of God.
A life long YES to Him is the only saving faith.
See you again tomorrow.
If you missed the beginning of this series you can catch up here: