Jesus – Saviour and Lord

In today’s study, Selwyn is looking at the account of Paul and Silas in prison when an earthquake skakes the prison and the doors swing open (Acts 16:16-40).

Many will know the words of the jailer and Paul’s response (Acts 16:30-31); ‘When the jailer sees that the prisoners have not fled, he asks Paul, “What must I do to be saved?” Paul replies, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.”‘

Selwyn makes the following comment: ‘In the days of Paul and the other apostles, converts were introduced immediately to the truth of Christ’s Lordship. There was no suggestion, as we pointed out yesterday, that they could accept Christ as Saviour and then, at some point in the future, commit themselves to Him as Lord. The Early Church spoke with one voice when it gave converts this message: if you want to be saved then you must acknowledge Christ’s Lordship over the whole of your life. There is no other form of salvation.’

For me, the total surrender of your life to Jesus is an essential part/characteristic of being re-born (to become a follower of Jesus), there are no other options – and, as I’ve never (knowingly) met anyone who held the view that you can accept Jesus as Saviour but not as Lord – I’ve not had the opportunity to hear for myself how they could possibly arrive at such a position and also stay close to Scripture. What do others think?