Food For Thought
Wade E Taylor
We should be able to say, with heart assurance and the witness
of the Holy Spirit, that we personally know Jesus as our Lord
Multitudes know Jesus as Saviour. These openly acknowledge
that Jesus shed His blood upon Calvary's cross in atonement
for their sin. These walk in the joy of knowing that their
sins have been forgiven. The name "Jesus" has become
precious to them. "Thou shalt call his name JESUS: for
he shall save his people from their sins" Matt 1:21b.
Many know Jesus as "Christ." This speaks of the
"The anointed One," or the "anointing,"
and finds its full expression through the ministry of the
Holy Spirit. These have received the gift of the Baptism in
the Holy Spirit. "But unto them which are called, both
Jews and Greeks, Christ thepower of God, and the wisdom of
God" I Cor 1:24. "But ye shall receive power, after
that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses
unto me," Acts 1:8a.
Fewer know Jesus as "Lord." To make Him Lord means
that we have submitted ourselves to the rule of His Kingdom.
Now we experientially know Him in the fullness of His Name.
He has become our "Christ" "Lord" and
Savior" Each aspect of His Name has become a reality
within our spiritual life and experience.
Salvation is a free gift, it cannot be earned. All that
we need do is to believe that Jesus died upon the cross in
our behalf and accept the salvation that He has amply provided
for us. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and
that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works,
lest any man should boast" Eph 2:8-9.
We can be healed. "But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our
peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed"
Isaiah 53:5. All we need do is believe that Jesus bore stripes
for our personal healing and receive the benefit of this gift
of healing that has been given to the Body of Christ. "For
to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another
the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith
by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the
same Spirit" 1 Cor 12:8-9.
Heaven is not to be the goal for our Christian experience.
Rather, it is included as a part of our redemption. "For
we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were
dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with
hands, eternal in the heavens" 2 Cor 5:1.
We can be saved, healed, used in the gifts of the Holy Spirit,
and go to heaven; receiving all this as a gift that has been
adequately provided for us through the redemption that was
wrought upon Calvary's cross in our behalf.
However, there is something of great value that can be added
to this gift of full salvation. "Then said Jesus unto
his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" Matt16:24.
Salvation is a commandment, "Ye must be born again."
Our submission to His Kingdom rule over us is an act of obedience.
"If any man ...". The "If" tells us that
this is a choice that we can accept or reject; we will remain
saved and go to heaven.
This cross that we are to take up is not the cross that
Jesus died upon. Rather, it speaks of taking up a cross that
cuts against our will. We are to die to our self-life upon
a cross that we form of our own choosing. Our ways are contrary
to and "cross" His will for us. We must choose to
die to our own ways and merge our lives into His life, becoming
one with Him.
If we choose to make Jesus our Lord, We must submit ourselves;
body, soul, and spirit, unconditionally to Jesus who unconditionally
gave Himself for us. We are to take all of the salvation "gift"
benefits that are freely provided for us through the atonement,
and take up our cross that cuts against our will and through
this return all He has given us back to Him. In dying to our
own ways and choosing His way for us, we are taking up our
cross and making Him "Lord" of our lives.
To experience savior means that I have received Jesus. To
experience the Christ means that I take all that He has freely
given to me, To experience Lord means I have submitted to
Him and have given my all back to Him. Salvation: I have Jesus.
The Kingdom: Jesus has me.
A lot of people have Jesus, but Jesus does not have very
many people. Few take their life and unconditionally give
it to Him. To do this means that we submit to His governmental
rule and become a subject of His Kingdom. Now we have come
to the place in our spiritual experience where we have an
implicit trust in the fact that He can guide our life far
better than we can. Now we experientially know Him as "Our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
The requirement for entering His Kingdom is not beyond the
ability of anyone of us. "Blessed are the poor in spirit:
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven" Matt 5:3. Being
"poor in spirit" means that we have unconditionally
set aside all of our own ways and have submitted ourselves
to His rule over us. What He will do with our life will be
of far greater value and bring vastly greater fulfillment
to us than anything that we could ever do with our own lives.
What should I do to make Jesus Lord of my life? Get alone
with Him and then very explicitly, unconditionally submit
your right to your own life to Him. Carefully give Him the
total right to govern your life. In very direct words, pronounce
Jesus Lord and Savior and Christ over your life.
You will never be sorry that you did this.