by A.W. Pink
We do not ask, Is Christ your “Savior,” but is He, really and truly, your Lord? If He be not your Lord, then most certainly He is not your “Saviour.” Those who have not received Christ Jesus as their “Lord,” and yet suppose Him to be their “Saviour,” are deluded, and their hope rests on a foundation of sand. Multitudes are deceived on this vital point, and therefore, if the reader values his or her soul, we implore you to give a most careful reading to this little tract.
When we ask: Is Christ your Lord?, we do not inquire, Do you believe in the Godhood of Jesus of Nazareth? The demons do that (Matt. 8:28, 29) and yet perish notwithstanding! You may be firmly convinced of the Deity of Christ, and yet be in your sins. You may speak of Him with the utmost reverence, accord Him His Divine titles in your prayers, and yet be unsaved. You may abominate those who traduce His person and deny His Divinity, and yet have no spiritual love for Him at all.
When we ask, Is Christ your LORD we mean, does He in very deed occupy the throne of your heart, does He actually rule over your life? “We have turned every one to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6), describes the course which all follow by nature. Before conversion every soul lives to please self. Of old it was written, “every man did that which was right in his own eyes”, and why? “In those days there was no king in Israel” (Judges 21:25). Ah! that is the point we desire to make clear to the reader. Until Christ becomes your King (1 Tim. 1:17; Rev. 15:3), until you bow to his sceptre, until His will becomes the rule of your life, SELF dominates, and thus Christ is disowned.
by A.W. Pink