Christ’s Lordship – the Authentic Confession of the Christian
“Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost” (1 Cor. 12:3).
Calling Jesus LORD is the authentic work of the Holy Spirit, for the old Adam never bows to the Lordship of Christ. But these days we have created an artificial distinction between trusting Christ as Saviour and confessing Him as Lord. We have made two experiences out of it when it is one. So we have a host who have “accepted Christ” in order to miss Hell and reach Heaven, who seem not at all concerned about making Him Lord of their lives. Salvation is not a cafeteria line where we can take the Saviourhood of Christ and pass up His Lordship, take what we want and leave the rest. We cannot get saved on the installment plan, with fingers crossed and inner reservations, as though one could take Christ “on approval.”
He has the first word and the last. He demands absolute loyalty beyond that of any earthly dictator but He has a right to do it. “Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.” How foolish to say, “Nobody is going to tell me how much to give, what to do.” We have already been told! We are His and His Word is final.” I came to Christ as a country boy. I did not understand all about the plan of salvation. But one thing I did understand: I understood that I was under new management. I belonged to Christ and He was Lord.
— Vance Havner