The Touchstone Of Faith
If thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Here is the key to the sad state of many a Christian and many a church today. There has been a cheap easy profession of Christ as Saviour but no real confession of Christ as Lord. The lips claim Him as Saviour but the life shows no evidence of His Lordship. We love the same things we have always loved; we do not abhor that which is evil, we live our own lives, Christ has no say in the matter.
A. T. Robertson said, “No Jew would do this who had not really trust Christ, for Kurios in LXX (Septuagint) is used of God. No Gentile would do it who had not ceased worshiping the Emperor as Kurios. The word Kurios was and is the Touchstone of faith.”
It meant everything in those days to say, “Jesus is Lord.” There is one absolute test: Is Jesus Christ the Lord of your life? Or are you “fearing the Lord and serving your own gods?”
When our “believers” became real “disciples,” then they will be “witnesses.” You cannot willingly take Jesus as Saviour and wilfully deny Him as Lord. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”