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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:12 pm    Post subject: Savior and Lord  Reply with quote

How quickly we say “Jesus is our Lord and Savior”, yet are they one in the same?

The title “Savior” is as a result of His work (victory over death) upon the cross.  The title “Lord” is as a result of our works of service to and for Him.  

In Revelation 20:11-15 we read:  “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead, which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead, which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Notice, every man’s work will be judged from the “the books”, but not everyone will be cast into the Lake of Fire.  Those that have their name written in the Book of Life, they will not be cast into the Lake of Fire.  

The salvation of works will not be determined by man’s concept of righteousness (knowledge of good & evil), but by God’s absolute knowledge of good and evil.  The works that will stand God’s judgment will be those that were born from God.

In I Corinthians 3:9-15 we read:  “For we are laborers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building. According to the grace of God, which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.  If any man's work abides which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

Here we see what will determine the outcome of our life’s work.  Work that rests upon the foundation of Jesus Christ will stand the test of fire.  Those that do not rest upon Christ’s foundation, they will be consumed, but the soul may even yet be saved.  

So, we must distinguish between the salvation of the soul and the salvation of a soul’s lifelong works.  The salvation of the soul is a new birth, becoming a child of God; this is when our name is written in the “Book of Life”.  .  

The salvation of one’s lifelong work is called sanctification.  This is the portion of our life that Jesus Christ ruled as Lord.  

Why does this matter?  Just this week, I heard a prominent evangelist state that “our behavior often denies Jesus Christ as Savior.”  If our behavior denies Jesus Christ as Savior, then it brings into question the outcome of our soul.  What the evangelist should have said is that our behavior denies Jesus Christ as Lord.  

There are consequences to our life’s actions both here and eternally.  We will all suffer loss.  But our identity as God’s children never changes.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today, the Church wants the assurance of a heavenly existence, but seems minimally concerned with the extent of that existence. We are like those that crossed the Red Sea, yet refused to cross the Jordan and enter into the Promise Land. We find contentment wandering in the wilderness, being counted as God’s children, yet offended at the prospect of serving Him as Lord.

Wandering in the wilderness between salvation and sanctification?  Having experienced the miraculous Red Sea crossing, but refusing to step across the Jordan?

Will life be easier on the other side of the Jordan?  Is dieing easy?  The “Promise Land” is a promise of transformation, regeneration.  It is where the real battle begins.

The land of Canaan was not waiting to be occupied.  The promise land had to be conquered, and victory followed only when God preceded the Israelites into battle.  Is God going before you in life?  Do you want what He wants for you?  Is He your Master as well as your Savior?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We become children of God when we want, and recognize our need of, God’s grace (His unmerited love, mercy).  This is what Jesus refers to in John 3:3 “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  When we receive Jesus as our Savior, we become God’s children.  

It’s natural for children to trust in the love of their parents, and they often take advantage of that love.  However, children don’t always want what their parents want for them.  Once we become children of God, we begin to trust in His love.  The problem is, like most children, we begin to rely on God to provide what we want.  Often when we don’t get what we want, we pout and question God’s love.

There is, however, another place, and that is when we want what God wants.  This is when we truly place our faith in His grace.  This is when we receive Jesus as our Lord; often referred to as “walking by faith, storing treasure in Heaven, or Sanctification”.  

Consider what it might be like as we pass from this life and have our first face-to-face encounter with Jesus.  After the hugs (and, oh, what a hug) and the high fives, the review of our life will begin.  

While I don’t picture Jesus as Monty Hall in the old game show Let’s Make A Deal, the stage on that show is good for illustration purposes.

So, “Let’s look at what you chose in your life, this is what you wanted.  Now, let’s look at what God wanted for you, this is what He designed you for”.  Wow, and I believe at this moment we will pause, drop and shake our heads, and say, “If only I had trusted your love for me, if only I had wanted what you wanted for me”.

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