Dear Fellow Believers in Christ, (Jesus Christ is the Lord of Life in Us)
Jesus Christ certainly is the Lord of life in us. Can you receive Jesus as Savior and not Lord? Why is the word Savior mentioned only 24 times in the New Testament? Is the Lordship of Jesus Christ essential to salvation? What is the purpose of the Law? Why does Paul call Jesus Christ the Last Adam and the second Man? Let us pray that the Holy Spirit reveal Christ to us and in us in a deeper and richer way each and every day.
LORD OF LIFE
So that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. . . For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom. 5:21; 6:23).
First, The Law Cannot Save Us. . . We Are Saved by Christ's life in Us
When Adam committed the original sin, he received a sin nature from Satan and that sin nature was passed on to all mankind through their natural birthing (Rom. 5:12). We have a natural lineage that goes all the way back to Adam. God gave the law to mankind not for salvation, for the law never saved anyone. God gave the law so that mankind would have the knowledge of sin (Rom. 3:20). With the law comes the knowledge of sin. The knowledge of sin produces death in me (Rom. 7:9-11). As God sees us, we were continually dead in our trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1). Our Father brings His life out of our death (Eph 2:1). Our Father uses opposites in His eternal plan. Our Father didn't give us the law for salvation. Again, no one now or ever has been saved by the keeping of the law. We are saved only by Christ's life in us (Rom. 5:10).
Second, The Law Cannot Keep Us Saved. . .Christ Lives in Us as Our Life
Satan keeps mankind tied up with the law in religion doing many things by natural means. Satan will convince us to try to keep the law for a means of salvation by doing good works to justify us before God. The word is clear on this matter. No flesh will be justified by the deeds of the law (Rom 3:20; Gal. 2:16; Gal 3:11). Paul clearly declares, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast" (Eph. 2:8-9). Our Father through grace Spiritually rebirths us and places Christ in us for eternal life. Christ is birthed in us to live His life in and through us as us. Paul asks the Galatians several questions in Galatians 3:1-5. Paul lets us know that we were neither saved nor maintain our salvation by the works of the law. Paul declares this manner of living by doing the works of the law to maintain our salvation as a flesh-life (Gal. 3:3). This is contrasted with letting Christ live in us in the Christ-life (Gal. 2:20). We are saved by grace and live by grace. We are saved by His life (Rom 5:10). We are to live by Christ's life in us (Gal. 2:20).
Third, The Father has Sent His Son to be the Source of Eternal Life to Us
John tells us, "For as the Father ever has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to ever have life in Himself" (John 5:26, author's translation). Jesus even told the Jews, "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you might have life" (John 6:39-40). While the written Word of God is extremely important, Jesus made it clear that the written word is not eternal life. Jesus declared that we must come to Him for eternal life. John confirms this and declares that the eternal life is in His Son (I John 5:11-12,20).
Fourth, Christ Finished the Work on the Cross to Become the Lord of Life
Jesus went to the cross to pay for and eliminate the final consequence for Adam's original sin. This is why Paul refers to Christ as "the last Adam" and tells us that He "became a life-giving Spirit" (I Cor. 15:45). When Jesus finished the work on the cross, it broke all ties that we had to the lineage of Adam for eternity. Paul goes further and calls Christ "the second Man" and tells us He "is the Lord from heaven" (I Cor. 15:47). Paul is relating, that when we are Spiritually rebirthed and Christ is placed in us, we are now part of a new creation race (II Cor. 5:17). The second Man, Christ is now our life. He is our life, because Christ lives in us as Lord. The resurrected Christ is the Lord of life. The angel Gabriel proclaimed these good tidings of great joy, saying, "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11).
Fifth, Why is Savior Mentioned Only 24 Times in New Testament?
One day, I was seeking the Father on some things about Salvation. In Strong's exhaustive concordance, did you know the word Savior only appears 3 times in the gospels (the good news of salvation); twice in the book of Acts; and a total of 24 times in the New Testament? There is not even one (1) example in scripture where a person was asked to receive Jesus as their personal Savior, or even just Savior. Is that not what has been heard stated in hundreds of invitations? In fact, where can the word personal or individual be even found anywhere in the Word of God? Certainly, Spiritual rebirthing is received on an individual basis. We need to know what is the answer to this seeming paradox.
Sixth, The Word Lord Is Mentioned Over 700 Times in New Testament
I dug deeper into God's Word. Every salvation scripture that could be located in the New Testament contained the word Lord. I reviewed each of the 24 verses that contained the word Savior. Every time the word Savior appeared there was also a theme of Deity, Sovereignty, or Lordship in that same verse or surrounding verses in context. I looked at the New Testament references for the word Lord, as listed in Strong’s exhaustive concordance. Did you know the word Lord appears 237 times in the gospels, 109 times in the Book of Acts, and over 700 times in the New Testament? Can God speak any louder to us concerning the importance of Christ being our Lord? We were Spiritually rebirthed when we received the Lord of life. Christ was placed in us to live His life of grace and righteousness unto the Father through us as Lord of life (Rom 5:21).
Seventh, Jesus Christ Being Our Lord is Essential for Our Salvation
The Philippian Jailer asked Paul and Silas, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shall be saved, and thy house" (Acts 16:30-31). Paul said, "The word is nigh to you, even in your mouth, and in you heart: that is, the word of faith which we preach; that if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved" (Rom 10:8-10). Paul also clearly declared, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom. 6:23). If Jesus Christ is our Lord, then there is no question of Him being our Savior. Jesus Christ being our Lord is essential for our salvation. We better know and are Spiritually rebirthed in a genuine relationship with the real Jesus – the Lord of life!