Many teach accept Jesus as Savior to be saved: is this truth or tradition? What does Scripture say? Rom 10:9-10 says, “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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” This verse planning tells us we must confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus. Confess means to assent, that is to agree; we acknowledge Jesus as Lord and believe He raised from the dead, then one is saved! This is from our heart, not our intellect. Yes, Jesus must be one's Savior, however, one is not saved by accepting Christ as Savior, rather affirming Him as Lord, then we are saved.
Lordship is spoken of in Christian circles often, yet I wonder, is it understood? As Christians, have we not entered into His kingdom? Thus, are we not under subjection to Him? As Americans, I believe we have a hard time understanding the implications of the biblical truth of Lordship. We are a very individualistic society. Nonetheless, we have to surrender our American culture to take up the Christian culture. If one does not see the difference between them, that person will struggle unnecessarily with and in their Christianity. If one does not or will not accept Jesus as Lord, that one is not saved. They may have a religious experience, however, according to Scripture no salvation has occurred.
Lordship is not an opinion for Christians; it is mandatory. One cannot be a Christian without surrendering to the Lordship of Christ. Read again, Rom 10:9-10 “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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” God lets us know if we believe with our hearts and confess with our months Christ as Lord, we are saved. Either we have surrendered to His Lordship or we are deceived about it or even lying about it. And if we are deceived or lying, then salvation is not obtained.
While the gift of eternal life is truly free! Yes we receive it free and it was not according to our own works, rather Christ’s faith and works, it has a cost: the cost to us is our very lives! Mark 8:35 "(35) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it." We are no longer ours, yet we never were: Rom 6:16-18 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine, which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” The truth is there are none free: either we are slaves to Satan or slaves to Christ. Either way, slaves have no rights and yield to their masters: whether the master of this world, Satan or the master of all creation, Christ.
Is Jesus your Lord? If so you are truly saved! If not, yell to Christ today: 2Cor 6:2 "...behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day