Accepting Christ As Lord


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

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.