ON CONFESSING JESUS AS LORD
Jesse M. Hendley
In Romans 10:9 God says, "If thou shalt confess with
thy mouth Jesus as Lord and shalt believe in thine
heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou
shalt be saved." The King James Version says, "If thou
shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus."
It is a false idea that we can walk down an aisle and
confess Jesus as our Saviour and get baptized and
think that's the end of the story. That ISN'T the end
of story. There are a lot of baptized church members
who are lost. I know that, because I was in that
condition for eight years. Thank God, He opened my
eyes to see I had to have Christ.
The literal rendering of this passage is, "If Thou
shalt confess with thy mouth JESUS AS LORD." A man who
really believes in Christ in his heart, believes God's
Word about Christ, believes that he is a sinner and
Christ died for his sins, is saved by accepting Jesus
and owning Him LORD of his life.
The idea that you can accept Jesus as Saviour and not
as Lord is foreign to the Scriptures. No man has
received Jesus Christ who hasn't made Him LORD. No man
is saved unless he accepts Jesus Christ AS LORD of his
life. No man has received Him as Saviour who hasn't
received Him as LORD.
Lord means Master! Jesus is the Master and you and I
are the slaves. When we become a Christian we realize
we have been bought with a PRICE, and the price was
His own precious BLOOD, and that blood was shed TO PAY
FOR SINS and save from death and hell and judgment and
eternal misery and wretchedness. To see that, and to
see THE ONE Who saved him from it, is to give one's
life totally to the LORD Jesus Christ!
Friends, all this little, light, convenient religion
today that does not make Jesus LORD AND MASTER of the
life, and that does not seek the will of the Lord in
the Word of God and prayer, and that does not seek to
win other souls for Him, no love for souls, ...
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