OUR LORD THE OBJECT OF FAITH FOR SALVATION
By A. W. Tozer
The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ:
(He is Lord of all:) Acts 10:36
It is altogether doubtful whether any man can be saved who comes to Christ for
His help, but with no intention of obeying Him; for Christ's saviourhood is forever
united to His lordship.
Look at the apostle's instruction and admonition: "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. . .for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For
whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:9-13
There the Lord is the object of faith for salvation!
And when the Philippian jailer asked the way to be saved, Paul replied, "Believe on
the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" Acts 16:31
Paul did not tell him to believe on the Saviour with the thought that he could later
take up the matter of His lordship and settle it at his own convenience. To Paul there
could be no division of offices. Christ must be Lord or He will not be Saviour!
There is no intention here to teach that our first saving contact with Christ brings
perfect knowledge of all He is to us. The contrary is true. Ages upon ages will hardly
be long enough to allow us to experience all the riches of His grace.
As we discover new meanings in His titles and make them ours we will grow in
the knowledge of our Lord and the many forms of love He wears exalted on His throne!
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.