Accepting Christ As Lord

May 15 | Taken from this message by Adrian Rogers

We hear so much today about receiving Christ as Savior. Did you know that is not New Testament teaching? The Bible does not talk about receiving Christ as your Savior. He is Savior, but He is also Lord.

Acts 16:31 says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (my emphasis). What’s the difference between being Lord and Savior?

When Joyce and I married, suppose that preacher said, “Adrian, do you take Joyce to be your lawfully wedded wife?” And I said, “Well, I take her as housekeeper.” If I had done that, I have an idea that Joyce would not have married me.

I didn’t understand all that was involved in marriage at our wedding ceremony; I’m still learning what it’s all about. When I gave my heart to Jesus, I didn’t understand what it was all about either, but I’ll tell you one thing: I did not come with my fingers crossed behind my back.

When I was saved, I gave all I knew of me to all I knew of Jesus. I said, “I do” to Him. I took Jesus, and so must you. And I’m telling you from my heart, Jesus Christ is Lord, and you cannot have what He gives unless you accept who He is.

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