Jesus Christ; Our Lord
A Sermon on Romans 1:3-5
concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, (ESV)
Christians are forgiven of sin so that we may follow our Savior. Some today reject this notion that one must submit to Jesus as Lord. They argue salvation is by grace, therefore obedience is not necessary. While salvation is completely by grace through faith, we must not separate our Christian faith from obedience to Jesus. Can one accept Jesus as Savior and not as Lord? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones answers that question with a resounding no. The earliest Christians were persecuted over this word, “Lord.” For them, Jesus was not only Savior, he was also Lord. The very nature of believing the Gospel becomes an issue of submission. We are commanded to believe, thus we obey the Gospel. Lloyd-Jones shows that the only way one can accept Jesus is in this full sense: as both Savior and Lord. Faith is obedience to the Word of God. If we reject the Word of God, we reject God, making him a liar. Receiving the Gospel is, therefore, to obey him and receive Jesus as Lord. The entire Christian faith depends on the recognition of this. This is what makes one a Christian. This is the work of God, that you believe on him who he has sent. Jesus Christ, my Lord.