We have all heard the term “I’ve accepted Jesus as my lord and savior”, it’s a wonderful thing to hear people say of course because it shows that a person has been saved from their sins and redeemed by the saving power of Jesus Christ. It has been my great joy to see many people be born again and take part in the love of Christ.
Over the years in many conversations with born again Christian brothers and sister It is sometimes apparent that people have a different view of what it means to have accepted Jesus as lord and savior.
The first thing to touch on is the phraseology used here. Sometimes the mistake is unconsciously made in the utilization of the word “Accept” that makes us think that acceptance means to acknowledge Jesus is real and the son of God, while both of these are absolutely true and are both of course a part of the concept of “accepting “Jesus but they are themselves not the whole thing.
I “Accept” Jesus, is a term I don’t care for because it sort of sounds as though Jesus is applying for the position of saving you or that of the options available you chose him. There is a modicum of truth in that you have to make this choice however the overall tone should not seem as though we are doing Jesus any favors by allowing him to or accepting his help. When we say this however it is not just Jesus’ deity or his being the son of God or even the forgiveness from sin that he provides that we are taking and making part of our lives it is the Lordship he has that we are accepting.
So at this point you might be asking why do I bring this up, most people probably don’t think there is any confusion about this topic. I myself would have agreed with you not long ago but what I came to understand is that the things that make perfect sense to me don’t always come through as clearly to other people and vice versa. People often quote:
Romans 10:9 (NKJV)
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
And by this verse they say that they believe in Jesus and therefore are saved. Many people agree with this but the key point they miss is what does it mean to say that you believe? It is a little naïve to assume that this scripture is imploring us to simply believe that Jesus exists in order to reap the benefit of his salvation. After all Jesus is a historically verified person many people believe he existed without having even the slightest interest ion who he was.
If we can agree that The belief this passage is talking about isn’t merely to believe that he exists, then we would logically assume that it means we believe not only that he is real but also that what the Bible tells us about is him is true.
Matthew 28:18 (NIV)
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
The bible tells us many things about Jesus but one of the most relevant to this top is shows above. All authority in heaven and earth was given to Jesus. If we accept Jesus then what we are accepting is that Jesus was the son of God and that he sacrificed himself for our sins and that he has all the power and authority to do so but we are also declaring that we accept him as the lord of our lives, meaning that we accept that he isn’t just real but that he is in charge of our lives.
What he taught we will learn and follow and pursue, what he tells us to do we will do and what he tells us not do we will not do. This is what we say we believe not just that he is real but that all he did and is doing is real that he is truly alive and that with all we have we will submit to that.
There are many more scriptures about Jesus that take on a new importance when you think about them in this light. I urge you to consider the lordship of Jesus Christ when you read them.