Saturday, August 09, 2008

If you confess

I'm re-reading Christ the Healer by F F Bosworth. A great book! Everyone who wants to be healed needs to read and re-read this.

Anyway, he mentions
"If you shall confess with your mouth, Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
(Romans 10:8)

I noticed that he italicized "as Lord." (I bolded it above.) And started to think. Many times we tell people to "accept Jesus as saviour" but the Bible tells us to confess that Jesus is Lord. Over all, Over US. Many Christians don't really think of him as their Lord. They call him Lord but when push comes to shove, their denomination (and their denomination's interpretation of the Bible) is their Lord. That is what they use to rule them. Or they accept the media as Lord. Or doctors' opinions as Lord. It's very easy to accept Jesus as saviour. We love him that he saved us. How many great movies have we seen where a "religious" gangsta thinks of Jesus as his savior? He knows he'll die and at the end of the film, as he lays dying, he repents. The old "forgive me for not following your laws" bit. So gangsters are well-aware that Jesus is Lord and that they love him but that they aren't following him or obeying him. I suspect gangsters are way more aware of their need for a lord than the typical christian is. The typical Christian loves Jesus as a saviour and plays around with sayings from their lord that they will obey.

Same thing with being saved and healed. I wonder, Would people be healed quicker if they say, "By Jesus' stripes we were healed and Jesus is my Lord." As opposed to "By Jesus' stripes we were healed and Jesus is my saviour." Bosworth didn't say that and perhaps God isn't a stickler about semantics. But maybe the persistent illness is. Perhaps the mountain we speak to needs to know not only that Jesus saved us but that we are obedient to Jesus who is Lord. Just got me thinking. -C
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