Receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior means that we have accepted His resolution of our rebelliousness against God and have come to rest in the reconciliation obtained on our behalf. ” As many as received him, to them He gave power (the right) to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1: 12). Our sin problem has been solved, and we have the right to live out the life He has not only modeled, but has given us by bringing us into union with Himself.
Our heartfelt confession that we receive Jesus Christ as Lord is an admittance of His reign in and over our lives. This means we have submitted to Him as ruler over all that we are and do. Our submission is not secured through threat of punishment, violence, or force, but is freely offered “because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” (Romans 5:5). God is simply fulfilling His promise of Jeremiah 31:33-34, by putting His law of love in our hearts.
Salvation itself requires nothing more than receiving Jesus Christ as Savior. We need not strive in futile attempts to turn away from our sin, for the issue of sin has already been settled through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Struggling and straining to live righteously can lead only to frustration since ” He was made sin for us…that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). To receive Him as Savior means we trust the work the Son of God finished on the cross.
Everything is finished, all is settled in regard to our inheritance as kingdom children and being a people empowered to live in righteousness. Who the Son makes free is free indeed, free from sin, death, hell, sickness, guilt, and shame. All of which is a free gift merely awaiting our receiving through confessing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Receive your free gift today, and do not become entangled again in the yoke of bondage.
L. Jerome Jones