No one can say "Jesus is Lord" except by the Holy Spirit Sept 8, 2016 11:25:23 GMT -5 fearnot likes this
Post by Cindy on Sept 8, 2016 11:25:23 GMT -5
Often people think that if someone can say the words, "Jesus is Lord" that they are saved, no matter how they're living their life. They get that from misunderstanding this scripture:“Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:3) We have even seen demons proclaim to people that Jesus is Lord in the gospels, therefore Paul cannot mean that simply saying those words is a test of whether or not someone is truly saved What he is saying here is that it is only when someone says that TRUTHFULLY, that it is through the Holy Spirit. In other words, What a person believes and says about Jesus is the test of whether or not he speaks from the Holy Spirit and we can determine that by the fruit that is shown in their lives. The Corinthians thought they were very wise and spiritual, but they were being taken in by false teachers and false prophets. This is why Paul wrote to them to clear up these false teachings. Paul told them that only faithful believers who were speaking by the Holy Spirit could acknowledge that Jesus is Lord. He wasn't talking about just mouthing words, but rather what those words meant. They mean that the person is acknowledging that Jesus is the Lord of their life, that Jesus is the one they live for, and that they no longer live for themselves; Jesus is now in charge of what they say and what they do. It is fairly easy to see if someone is speaking that particular phrase truthfully or not, because if Jesus is in fact Lord of someone's life, their life will look the same as His life did, and they will speak about the things that Jesus did. What was important to Jesus, would be important to them. False teachers might say the words, but the words wouldn't mean anything because they wouldn't be backed up by their lives. So it is not simply saying the words that is important, for even false teachers and demons can say those words. it's whether or not they are saying them truthfully that is the deciding factor.