In this study two very important aspects of the relationship between a Christian and Jesus Christ are emphasized and pointed out: Jesus Christ is our savior, and he is our lord. That these are not just some mere used up words and terms will be presented to the observant reader in simple words from the Word of God.
The title of this study about Jesus Christ may perhaps not stir any great interest at first sight, but it contains two very important truths which are of great significance to us as born-again Christians, as believers within the church of the body of Christ — Jesus Christ is our savior, and he is our lord!
In this study we will be concerned with these two aspects of our relationship to Jesus Christ, and that should bring great gain to our daily life as Christians.
Jesus Christ is our saviour
First, we want to look at several scriptures which tell us of Jesus Christ as our savior.
1 John 4:14: And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
The word „saviour“ in the English doesn't quite show the connection to „wholeness“ which is actually present in the Greek word used. The verb form means „to save“, „to make whole“. We read in this verse that the Father did sent the son as „the savior of the world“ which indicates that Jesus Christ can bring and or already has brought „wholeness“ and „salvation“ to the world through that which he accomplished.
In John 3 we read a verse of Scripture which may be known to all of us from many different occasions.
John 3:16–18: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved[attain wholeness].
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
These verses are connected to that which we just read before. They tell us of God’s great act of love when He gave His only begotten son in order to provide men in the world with a possibility of salvation, or as it is called here, „that the world through him might be saved“.
Man, as he is born into this world, needs a salvation, needs that wholeness, because as natural man he is lost and has no eternal life. All men do have this possibility of salvation, of being saved and receiving eternal life – but this is related to a certain condition: „whosoever believeth in him [Jesus Christ] should not perish“. Those who do not believe are already under the sentence of condemnation which puts him in the category .of being condemned; but those who believe on him will not be lost but will have eternal life. God has sent His only begotten Son as savior of the world, but that does not mean that automatically all the world will at one time attain to salvation. No! Salvation is available to all the world, but it is a matter of decision on the part of each individual to appropriate it by believing on Him. Only those who believe on Christ will receive everlasting life and will not be lost.
A comparison with an experience from our daily life may illustrate these points. Many things are offered to all people every day, nowadays for example a quite extensive TV program selection for 24 hours per day. It is offered to all – but, do all view it? No. There are some who purposely decide to turn their TV off at certain times, or they do not want to view a certain program. Not all want to view all, and yet one could say that it is being put on the air for all. God has sent His only begotten son as savior of the world whereby all have salvation available to them. But not all will actually be saved –it is only those who believe on him who will not be lost but who will receive everlasting life.
Jesus Christ is our Lord
Jesus Christ is not only our saviour, but he is also now our lord.
2 Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake."
For we preach not ourselves …" – and we might ask ourselves at first, "ourselves as what?" The answer becomes clear from the next part of the verse, "not ourselves [as lords], but Christ Jesus the Lord"! A very important part of preaching must be that Christ is preached as lord. When we preach we cannot and dare not preach ourselves as lord, but we must preach thatthere is one who is lord of any believer, Jesus Christ.
Acts 2:34-36 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool.Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Jesus Christ did not assume to be the Christ and the Savior of the world on his own. Neither did he assume the position oflord on his own. God made him to be both Lord and Christ. This is an important truth which we should keep in mind.
What you must do to be saved
Romans 10:9 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.
How marvelous and sure is this statement:"… thou shalt be saved"! One could perhaps translate this a little differently as,"… thou shalt receive (have) salvation!" Upon such confession and believing one is no longer lost but has been saved and granted eternal life.
Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
This verse again set forth the two necessary things to be done by man in an affirmative way:
(1) confession with the mouth that Jesus is lord, and
(2) believing with the heart that God did raise Jesus Christ from the dead. The one brings with it the necessary justification and granting of righteousness before God, the other assures of the necessary salvation.