Edward R. Tindell
Lord And Savior
I believe Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is my personal Lord and Savior from sin, death, hell and the devil.
What does this statement mean? It is my personal statement of faith. Lets look at some of the words. Notice that the sentence begins with the word I. Try stating your faith without using it. You cannot do it. Christianity is not a religion, man reaching to God. It is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, God reaching to man. By using the word I, I am stating that this is what I personally believe.
Jesus Christ died as payment for the forgiveness of the sins of the whole world. This is God's only plan of salvation for the human race. Whether I believe it or not does not change God's plan. God's plan of salvation is not dependent on me in any way. There is nothing I can do to save myself. I am not my own savior. The good news of Jesus Christ is that God has already done everything for us! He even gives us the gift of faith to believe. All the glory for our salvation belongs to God alone.
The penalty of sin is death. Sin is any thought, word, deed or attitude offensive to God. In order for God to save us someone had to die. God choose to send His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, who is one in Spirit with God, to live a sinless life and die in our place as payment for our sins. Jesus is the Word made flesh, fully human and fully God at the same time. Jesus is everything we as human beings can know and understand about God. Jesus is the only bridge between God and mankind.
Lord is another name for God. Savior means that I am trusting in Jesus Christ alone to forgive me of my sins. Death is eternal separation from God. Hell is the place prepared for the devil, a fallen angel, and all his followers and all unbelievers.
Love is a conscious decision to meet another persons need. God's plan of salvation meets our greatest need, our need for a Savior from our sins. Praise God for His gracious love, the gift of our Savior Jesus Christ!
God loves you and He wants you to love Him too and spend eternity with Him in heaven. Christianity does not say, "Close your eyes and believe," but rather, "Check it out for yourself." The Bible encourages you to investigate its claims thoroughly (John 1:46, 21:24; Acts 17:11, 12) because your conclusion about Jesus is a life-and-death matter. Indecision is a fatal decision. Below are some of my favorite passages from the Bible to help get you started.
But it is written: eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. I Corinthians 2:9
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8, 9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9
Then said they unto Him, what shall we do, that we may work the works of God? Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." John 6:28-29
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that who ever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. I Timothy 2:5
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.
Matthew 28:19, 20
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things. Phillipians 4:8