The Foursquare Gospel #1 – Jesus the Saviour:
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18).
Perhaps the greatest quest you will ever take on is to seek to grow in grace, and in your personal knowledge of the Lord Jesus. Who is Jesus? This is a question that people have been asking for 2,000 years! And although Christianity is not just about knowing facts about the Lord, this is definitely a good foundation for actually experiencing and encountering Him in our lives personally. For the next few days, I want to show you four aspects of the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ—the foundational pillars of the FoursquareGospelChurch. We believe that Jesus is the Saviour, the Healer, the Baptiser in the Holy Spirit, and the Soon Coming King. The Bible says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8). Because the Lord never changes, then that means Jesus still saves, heals, and baptises in the Holy Spirit today, and one day soon, He’s returning to the Earth as our King! Today, let us consider Jesus the Saviour…
“And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21).
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).
I Believe in Jesus Christ—the Saviour:
I believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God; the Word, who was one with the Father before all worlds; the Love Gift of the Father for the redemption of this world; and the One in whom the Father is please to have all fullness dwell now and forever. I believe in Jesus Christ the sinless Savior; the Word made flesh through virgin birth, and a body thereby prepared for sacrifice as the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world. I believe that in His death He bore the full weight and consequence of all our sins, that we through His blood might be justified before God, forgiven and cleansed in heart and conscience, and progressively purified in holiness of life. I believe in Jesus Christ the living Lord; resurrected from the dead, a victor over hell’s every power, ascended to the Father’s right hand, ruling in might, and ceaselessly interceding for His own. With such a Master as this, I can live in the confidence that all He has begun in me He will complete—unto the day of His return. (quoted from Jack Hayford).
What does it mean that Jesus is the Saviour? It means that Jesus came to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He came to supply us with our greatest need—that of a restoration to a right relationship with our Heavenly Father. The Bible says, “Salvation is of the Lord.” (Jonah 2:9). Salvation is not something that we can earn or work for; rather it is a free gift from the Saviour. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
May the fact that Jesus is your Saviour cause your heart to overflow with praise and thankfulness to the Lord today! If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour, then call on His name today, and find forgiveness of your sins! “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost those who come to God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them.” (Heb. 7:25).Jesus, lover of my soul, Jesus, I will never let you go; You’ve taken me from the miry clay, You’ve set my feet upon the rock and now I know. I love You, I need You, Though my world will fall, I’ll never let You go; My Savior, my closest Friend, I will worship You until the very end.