HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN WILL NOT BE BY A CORVETTE STINGRAY BUT BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST
Yes, there’s a highway to heaven, but you can’t travel it in a Corvette Stingray after you die. You must get on this highway while you are alive, and you get on it by placing your trust in Jesus Christ.
October 20 2013
Charles e Whisnant/ Pastor/Teacher/Preacher
Romans 10:9 that if you confess 3670 with your mouth 4750 Jesus as Lord, 2962and believe 4100 in your heart 2588 that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;4982
(Romans 14:11; Matthew 10:32,33; Luke 12:8; John 9:22; 12:42,43; Philippians 2:11; 1John 4:2,3; 2John 1:7) (Romans 8:34; John 6:69-71; 20:26-29; Acts 8:37; 1Corinthians 15:14-18; 1Peter 1:21)
We have a “time sensitive” statement. This confession must be made while we are living in this life and before we die. A second confession will not result in salvation. Isaiah 45:23, Galatians 1:4, Romans 14:11
That is to say the same thing as another, to agree with, assent, to concede, to profess, to declare openly. Outward confession stems from a profound inward conviction. A binding and public declaration which settles a relationship with legal force.
JESUS AS LORD: (kurios) LORDSHIP SALVATION: (I could camp out on this)
Translates Jehovah in O.T. Sovereign power, absolute authority. One who has absolute ownership and uncontested power. Jesus described the relationship of slaves to their lords (Matthew 10:24, 25:19)
“The life of Christianity consists of possessive pronouns. It is one thing to say, “Christ is a Saviour”; it is quite another thing to say, “He is my Saviour and my Lord.” The devil can say the first; the true Christian alone can say the second
The question is Can a person be saved by accepting Jesus as Savior without alo acknowledging Him is LORD? The sad fact is most have no idea of this idea of Jesus being their Lord. Luke 12:9-10, Matthew 10:32-33
What, then, are the distinctives of lordship salvation? What does Scripture teach that is embraced by those who affirm lordship salvation but rejected by proponents of “easy-believism”? The following are nine distinctive s of a biblical understanding of salvation and the gospel.
First, Scripture teaches that the gospel calls sinners to faith joined in oneness with repentance (Acts 2:38; 17:30; 20:21; 2 Pet. 3:9).
Second, Scripture teaches that salvation is all God’s work.
Third, Scripture teaches that the object of faith is Christ Himself, not a creed or a promise (John 3:16).
Fourth, Scripture teaches that real faith inevitably produces a changed life (2 Corinthians. 5:17)
Fifth, Scripture teaches that God’s gift of eternal life includes all that pertains to life and godliness (2 Peter. 1:3; Romans. 8:32), not just a ticket to heaven. In contrast, according to easy-believism, only the judicial aspects of salvation (e.g., justification, adoption, and positional sanctification) are guaranteed for believers in this life; practical sanctification and growth in grace require a post-conversion act of dedication.
Sixth, Scripture teaches that Jesus is Lord of all, and the faith He demands involves unconditional surrender (Romans. 6:17-18; 10:9-10). In contrast, easy-believism teaches that submission to Christ’s supreme authority is not germane to the saving transaction.
Seventh, Scripture teaches that those who truly believe will love Christ (1 Peter. 1:8-9; Romans. 8:28-30; 1 Corinthians. 16:22). In contrast, easy-believism teaches that Christians may fall into a state of lifelong carnality.
Eighth, Scripture teaches that behavior is an important test of faith. Obedience is evidence that one’s faith is real (1 John 2:3). In contrast, easy-believism teaches that disobedience and prolonged sin are no reason to doubt the reality of one’s faith.
Ninth, Scripture teaches that genuine believers may stumble and fall, but they will persevere in the faith (1 Corinthians . 1:8)
Is there a “cost” to confessing Christ as Lord? John 9:21-22, 12:42-43, Luke 12:9-10, Revelation 2:13The word that means the opposite of “confess” is the word “deny” (John 1:20; 1John 2:22, 23). To confess is to say “YES”; to deny is to say “NO.” Thus, when asked this question, “Do you own Jesus as your Saviour and Lord? Do you claim Him as your own?” the believer can respond: “Yes I do! I acknowledge that He is mine! I belong to the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me!”