Jesus is Love or Jesus is Lord?
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Acts 16:31 (CEV)
31 They replied, “Have faith in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved!
The answer is that Jesus is both Love AND Lord. However, the modern-day “Christian” movement has removed the emphasis on the second part of the title question by leaving the “or” in place. The March 8,2017 post entitled “Savior But Not Lord?” on the Tozer Devional, found on The Alliance Website, provides some detail on this movement:
It is not uncommon to hear Christian workers urging seekers to accept Christ now and leave moral and social questions to be decided later. The notion is that obedience and discipleship are unrelated to salvation. We may be saved by believing a historic fact about Jesus Christ (that He died for our sins and rose again) and applying this to our personal situation. The whole biblical concept of Lordship and obedience is completely absent from the mind of the seeker. He needs help, and Christ is the very one, even the only one, who can furnish it, so he “takes” Him as his personal Savior. The idea of His Lordship is completely ignored. [a]
“The terms of Christ’s salvation are erroneously stated by the present-day evangelist. With very rare exceptions he tells his hearers that salvation is by grace and is received as a free gift; that Christ has done everything for the sinner, and nothing remains but for him to ‘believe’ – to trust in the infinite merits of His blood. . . . Those preachers who tell sinners they may be saved without forsaking their idols, without repenting, without surrendering to the Lordship of Christ are as erroneous and dangerous as others who insist that salvation is by works and that Heaven must be earned by our own efforts.” [b]
We can read in the Bible where Oswald’s quoted commentary concurs with Scripture:
Luke 9:23 (CEV)
23 Then Jesus said to all the people: If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross each day and follow me.
Matthew 6:23 (VOICE)
Jesus: 24 No one can serve two masters. If you try, you will wind up loving the first master and hating the second, or vice versa.
Unfortunately today, Jesus has too many other masters in most of our lives with whom He has to compete. But the important thing to remember is that Jesus is not willing to be one among many. He is not willing to be part of an association, or club. Neither is He willing to be relegated as a personal assistant. Jesus as Lord means that Jesus is to be the one and only supreme ruler and master in your life. He calls the shots, and He is to be acknowledged in everything that is done. Too many people want a Savior, but don’t want a Lord. [c]
How about you? Have you handed the reins of control over in accepting Jesus Christ as LORD in your life? To accept Christ as your SAVIOR automatically comes as a mandatory, pre-packaged deal with accepting Him as LORD, too.
[b] “Saviour But Not Lord?” by Bill Muehlenberg