Verse of the Day 9-7-22

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

The earliest creed or confession of the New Testament church was not “Jesus is Savior,” but “Jesus is Lord.” Jesus Christ is specifically called “Savior” 16 times in the New Testament and “Lord” more than 450 times.

The teaching in some religious circles that Jesus can be your Savior without being necessarily being your Lord is not found in the New Testament. You cannot truly receive Jesus as Savior without receiving him as Lord-and then continuing to follow him as the supreme Leader and authority in his or her life. This is a key focus in true Biblical preaching and Christian evangelism.

“Lord” means having power, authority, control and the right to exercise ruling power as Master. To confess “Jesus is Lord” is to declare him to be equal with God and worthy of power, worship, trust, obedience and prayer.

When New Testament Christians called Jesus “Lord,” this was not just an outward profession but an earnest inward attitude of the heart by which they recognized Christ and his Word as the highest authority over all of life. Jesus must be our Lord at home, church, school and on the job. He must be Lord in intellectual, financial, educational and recreational aspects of life-in fact, in all areas of life.

Today’s Bible Readings:

Song of Songs 5-8, 2 Corinthians 9, Psalm 51:1-19 and Proverbs 22:24-25

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