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Straightening Out Our Relationship With Jesus Christ

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"So why do you keep calling me "Lord, Lord!' when you don't do what I say?   I will show you what it's like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it.   It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn't obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins." -- Luke 6: 46-49 (NLT)

 

Amidst the grace alone theologies and seeker friendly movements permeating popular Christianity is a call to return to Biblical teaching which correctly emphasizes who Jesus Christ is supposed to be to us. God desires a relationship with us beloved. A one on one, intimate relationship. Intimate meaning deeply personal. The problem is that today we have so much bad theology and false teaching which contributes to the skewing of what this relationship is supposed to be. Singing "Friend of God" does not make you a friend of God beloved. Obedience to Him does.

 

"If you love me, obey my commandments. -- John 14: 15 (NLT)

 

But the feel good gospels that are defiling the Bride of Christ primarily speak to what our flesh wants to hear. This is our year of supernatural blessing! This is your best life now! God wants you to live in a big house in Hawaii"no really, it's in Leviticus! Hallelujah, pass the offering plate! So the question for us today is -- who is Jesus to you? Certainly He is God but we need to get a little deeper than that. He is all of the names the Bible gives Him. He is wonderful, counselor, and the Prince of Peace. But deep down on a personal level, what is the foundation of our relationship with Him supposed to be? What are we building our relationship with Him upon? There are two words which should be foundational in our relationship with Jesus -- Lord and Savior. Without a clear understanding of both and what they mean to us, we are building a flawed relationship. Let's start with Savior:

 

But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. -- Luke 2: 10-11 (NIV)

 

Right from the beginning of the Gospel we see Jesus described as Lord and Savior. The modern church does not talk a lot about the role of Savior in our lives because it is not part of the seeker friendly feel good gospels. It requires us to recognize that we needed saving. We did not need a friend beloved -- we needed a Savior. Mary is instructed to name the child Jesus because He will deliver His people from their sins. Once again, I understand this is not taught anymore but God created us for perfect communion with Him but man sinned. Sin is another missing doctrine in the church. Grace alone heresy teaches people to not worry about sin because of the atoning work of the cross but they leave out the part that says He must be our Savior for that exchange to take place. Do you understand what that means beloved? That means that when we go up for altar call in the modern Pentecostal church for any reason other than to lay our sins down for Christ to forgive us and save us -- we are not in fact saved! Wait a minute preacher! You mean saying that little prayer didn't save me? No. But the preacher guy said it would! There is no magical incantation that can save us. Only the recognition of our sinful state before a holy God and our willingness to repent of that sin. Repentance is another doctrine you don't hear preached anymore but without it -- there is no salvation -- period.

 

Beloved, heaven and hell are real places. I see the world mock it all the time. As if they are going to have a beer with their friends in hell. Along with sin and repentance we hear less and less about heaven and hell as well. Anything that might offend is brushed aside and paid lip service to. That is the Gospel! It is not this slick marketing campaign designed to make everyone feel relevant and hip. It is all about sin and repentance:

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.   For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,   that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, - 1Corinthians 15: 1-4 (NIV)

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