Satan is using a phrase to confuse and deceive many into a false security of salvation. Just like in a garden there takes much preparation and work to have the soil ready to receive the seed. Today’s teaching will be the start of preparing the soil of the heart to receive the seed of His Word.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’Matthew 7:21 -23
Let the song below speak to your heart and as you sing along, let it be your prayer before you read Today’s Today’s Bible Teaching.
Isaiah 55:6-9 (NKJV) “Seek The LORD While He May Be Found”
(Esther Mui/Samuel Mui)
Seek the LORD while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the LORD,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
A Little Lesson About Our Lord Jesus
Jesus is mentioned in the New Testament as “Lord Jesus” 99 times. In fact, although He is referred to in the New Testament by other titles, none come close to the number of times He is mentioned as being Lord. For comparison, He is mentioned as “Son of God” 43 times and as “Savior” 24 times. If Jesus is anything, He is Lord.
Yet, although JESUS IS LORD, some claim you can be saved even if you reject Him as YOUR Lord, just as long as you “accept Him as your Savior” (a phrase found nowhere in Scripture). The truth is, to reject Jesus’ Lordship is to reject Jesus, because JESUS IS LORD. We are saved, not by faith in a doctrine, but by faith in a Person (as that Person declared in John 3:16). Who is that Person? He is the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you claim to believe in Jesus, but reject Him as YOUR Lord, you don’t believe in Jesus. You might THINK you believe in Him, but you don’t. Jesus died and rose again in order to be Lord: “For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living” (Rom. 14:8). How could it possibly be said that someone can be saved who stands against the very reason that Jesus died and rose again?
This is precisely why Paul wrote, “If you confess with your mouth JESUS AS LORD, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, YOU WILL BE SAVED” (Rom. 10:9), and why Paul and Silas told the Philippian jailer, “Believe in the LORD JESUS, and YOU WILL BE SAVED, you and your household” (Acts 16:31).
The New Testament also refers to Jesus as “King of kings and Lord of lords”(1 Tim. 6:15; Rev. 17:14), indicating that He has the highest position of authority over every earthly ruler. We are also informed that “God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9-10). Yet amazingly, in spite of the fact that one day everyone, including even the damned, will confess that Jesus is Lord, there are so-called evangelical preachers who are proclaiming from their pulpits that Jesus does not need to be YOUR Lord!!!! Worse, some claim that only their message is one of grace, and those who disagree are legalists. If that is your pastor, run as fast as you can. By declaring that Jesus does not need to be your Lord, he is publicly denying the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus is mentioned as “our Lord” 68 times in the New Testament epistles. It is certainly no surprise that the New Testament epistles were written to people whose Lord was Jesus. If Jesus is not your Lord, the New Testament epistles are not written to you, and they have no relevancy to you. You are not yet a Christian.
None of this conflicts in the slightest with BIBLICAL grace. As Peter declared, “We believe that we are saved through the GRACE of the LORD Jesus” (Acts 15:11). That was the same Peter who once wrote, “For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those WHO DO NOT OBEY THE GOSPEL of God? And if it is with difficultly that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner?” (1 Pet. 4:17-18). Biblical grace is a temporary opportunity to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and receive the many benefits!
Don’t be fooled by Christian clichés or human “logic.” The New Testament is crystal clear on this, and it solemnly warns, “For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ” (Jude 4). According to Jude, those who deny “our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ,” are ungodly persons. How could any preacher who tells his congregation that Jesus does not need to be their Lord not be denying “our only Master and Lord”?