Can a person receive Jesus as his Savior without receiving Him as his Lord? Do people make Jesus their Savior or does Jesus make a person saved? Pastor Jim McClarty of GCA reflects back on the lordship salvation controversy. HT:RV
Jim McClarty talked in this video about a book John MacArthur wrote, He was referring to The Gospel According to Jesus… Here is a few quotes from that book with pages in parentheses. Could be a great gift for Christmas too!
We do not “make” Christ Lord; He is Lord! Those who will not receive Him as Lord are guilty of rejecting Him. “Faith” that rejects His sovereign authority is really unbelief. Conversely, acknowledging His lordship is no more a human work than repentance (cf. 2 Timothy 2:26) or faith itself (cf. Ephesians 2:8-9). In fact, it is an important element of divinely produced saving faith, not something added to faith. (pg 28)
A Christian is not one who simply buys “fire insurance,” who signs up just to avoid an unpleasant after life. A Christian…repeatedly, is one whose faith expresses itself in submission and obedience. A Christian is one who follows Christ, one who is committed unquestionably to Christ as Lord and Savior, one who desires to please God. His basic aim is to be in every way a disciple of Jesus Christ. When he fails, he seeks forgiveness and wants to move forward. This is his spirit and his direction. (pg 197)
Acknowledging [Jesus] as Lord by obeying Him…in no way establishes a gospel of human works. Notice that it is the Holy Spirit who enables a person to confess Jesus as Lord: “No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 12:3). (pg 209)
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria