Lordship Salvation

Many people will debate whether or not a person must make Jesus Christ Lord of one’s life in order to be saved. While both sides make interesting points, we should look at the salvation experiences and passages in the Bible.

The thief on the cross

And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. Luke 23:42

The day of Pentecost

Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Acts 2:36

Saul/Paul on the Damascus road

And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. Acts 9:6

The Philippian jailer

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31

The gift of God

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

The one we must confess

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9

The one upon whom we must call

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13

Do you see a pattern in God’s word? Seems pretty clear where the Bible stands on Lordship salvation.

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5 Responses to “Lordship Salvation”

  1. Jesus is Prophet, Priest, and King. Anybody who accepts Jesus as Saviour but not Lord isn’t accepting the biblical Jesus–the Jesus who saves. Of course, I’d stay away from language like “Make Jesus Lord of your life” because it sounds like works, and because Jesus already IS Lord of all…But God sure does demand repentance! Shame many don’t seem to believe it these days.

  2. I probably should have used different language than “make Jesus Lord of your life.” It is a phrase that I frequently hear when the topic of Lordship salvation is discussed. Jesus is indeed Lord of all already – it is a shame that many will still perish because they will not repent and trust their Lord.

  3. I enjoyed this article, for it is always profitable to see what the Scriptures plainly say.

    I’m an IFB street preacher from Canada.

    I found this website as a result of Samer (http://www.tracts4god.info)

    God bless.

  4. Hi Sean,

    Keep up the good work. I will be praying for ears to open as they pass your way.

  5. Ed Lamaster says:

    “Make Jesus Lord of your life” doesn’t sound like works to me. He cannot be Savior without being Lord, and without repentance (turning from sin) on our part.

    There is a huge misconception today that turning from sin or giving Jesus the rightful place of Lord is somehow “works” (earning your salvation). These things have nothing to do with “good works” which are done out of appreciation for what God has done for us.

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