Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Barclay on conversion: Jesus as Lord

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
    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 (NIV)
    A conversion is incomplete if it does not leave Jesus Christ in the central place in one’s life. The shortest possible description of a Christian—a description with which the New Testament would fully agree—is that a Christian is a person who can say: “For me Jesus Christ is Lord.”
    Herbert Butterfield’s words about facing the future are good: “Hold to Christ, and for the rest be totally uncommitted.” Any alleged conversion which does not leave one totally committed solely to Jesus Christ is incomplete and imperfect. [Continued tomorrow]
    ... William Barclay (1907-1978), In the Hands of God, New York: Harper & Row, 1967, Westminster Press, 1981, p. 40 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 12:3; Matt. 16:16-17; John 13:13; 1 John 4:2-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord Jesus, focus all my loyalty on You.
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