Christians sometimes say, “Jesus is my Savior.” Others say, “Jesus is my Lord.” Others say that Jesus is their Lord and Savior? This begs the question, can Jesus be just someone’s savior, but not Lord?
Paul writes in Romans 10:8-13: "But what does it say? 'The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart' (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, 'Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'"
Paul clearly lays out the gospel in verse 9 and makes the important clarification that Jesus is both Savior and Lord. Not only is salvation an inward experience, but as Paul conveys, it is a transformational process (v.10). This transformational process which begins with the renovation of the heart is manifested in our words—the confession of Christ’s salvation and lordship and in how we live.
Who could be better than Jesus to call our Savior and Lord?
Reflect:Why is it important that salvation rests on Christ alone (v. 8-10)? What does it mean to confess and live “Jesus is Lord”? How does this connect to our faith?
Respond:Where have you been playing “lord” of your life? How will you give control back to Christ?
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