About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Lord Becomes Our Saviour
1 was raised in the
Methodist tradition that taught one receives Jesus as Saviour at initial
salvation and then at some later date surrenders his entire life to Jesus
the Lord. This doctrine is
called Entire Sanctification. When
thinking that Jesus is first our Saviour whom we subsequently make our
Lord we must clarify how the New Testament uses the word "Lord"
as it applies to Jesus.
Our English word
"Lord" as seen in the New Testament is translated from the Greek
word "kyrios." In
the first century Greco-Roman world in which the New Testament was written
kyrios meant one having authority. Kyrios
is thus translated into English as Lord, lord, king, master, sir, or
something similar. To be
hermeneutically precise we must understand kyrios as applied to Jesus, not
from its Greco-Roman usage but from its New Testament usage.
To begin, I refer you to what the angel Gabriel told Mary in Luke
went to her [Mary] and said, 'Greetings, you who are highly favored! The
Lord is with you.'"
"Lord" (kyrios) in this verse refers to God as being the
ultimate universal authority who Gabriel said was with Mary.
Throughout Old Testament Judaism God was understood to be the Lord
and the Lord was understood to be God.
The words "Lord" and "God" were synonymous.
We see this concept in verse 30 where Mary is seen finding favour with God -
God referring back to Lord in verse 28.
Verse 32 speaks of the "Lord God" in reference to God.
In verse 38 Mary said she "is the Lord's (God's)
throughout Jewish history the concept that the Lord is God and God is the
Lord becomes significant in how Peter described Jesus in Acts 2:36.
He made a startling theological statement concerning the word
"Lord" as it applies to Jesus.
Speaking primarily to a Jewish audience who understood that God is
the Lord and the Lord is God Peter said this:
When Peter told his
Jewish audience that Jesus was both Lord and Christ he was telling them
that Jesus was both their Lord God to whom they must submit and their
Messiah/Christ who could save them. I
believe Gabriel alluded to this when he told Mary her son would be called the Son of
the Most High and the Son of God in Luke 1:32 and 35.
From conception Jesus was the Lord God in human form who would
subsequently become the Saviour through His sacrificial death.
Here is my point.
Before being Christ who saves, Jesus is God the Lord.
He can only save me because He is the Lord to whom I must surrender
my life. Only Jesus, the God
who is Lord and the Lord who is God, could offer a sacrifice suitable to
satisfy God's divine demands of justice and righteousness.
I conclude, therefore, that I do not receive Jesus as my Saviour at
initial salvation and then make Him my Lord at a future date as Entire
Sanctification asserts. I
surrender my life to Jesus at initial salvation because He is the Lord God
who saves me upon my surrender to Him. From
then on my will struggles with His will.
of Christ is this. Surrender to Jesus
the Lord and then He will be the Christ who saves you.