Saving Faith Surrenders to Christ's Authority (Romans 10:9-10, James 2:14, Acts 9:3-5, Luke 19:33, Matthew 21:30, Acts 25:26, 1 Peter 3:6, 1 Thessalonians 1:8, 1 Peter 4:17, Romans 15:18, Acts 6:7, 1 John 1:8)Tom Fuller, August 8, 2012
Part of the Nature of a Saving Faith series, preached at a Wednesday Evening Prayer service
Does repentance necessarily involve surrendering to Christ's authority?
What does it mean to confess Jesus as Lord? It is to recognize his person and position. In regard to his person, we recognize that he is Jehovah God, in contrast to the beliefs of the modern-day cult that calls itself "Jehovah's Witnesses" and others who would deny Christ's deity, like some within the United Church of Canada. In regard to his position, we recognize that he is master -- the one in charge. Because of this, no true believer yields to sin as if it his master.
When a man confesses that Jesus is Lord he declares himself to be a loyal subject of Christ.
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9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. (ESV)
14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? (ESV)
3 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” 5 And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. (ESV)
33 And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” (ESV)
30 And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. (ESV)
26 But I have nothing definite to write to my lord about him. Therefore I have brought him before you all, and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that, after we have examined him, I may have something to write. (ESV)
1 Peter 3:6
6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. (ESV)
1 Thessalonians 1:8
8 For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. (ESV)
1 Peter 4:17
17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (ESV)
18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, (ESV)
7 And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith. (ESV)
1 John 1:8
8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (ESV)