Thursday, June 28, 2012

Review - The Lordship of Christ by John MacArthur

The Lordship of Christ is the third installment in a trilogy of books John MacArthur has written for his "The Truth About Series." I have already reviewed the books on Grace and Forgiveness (click each to read that review). He has written extensively about the lordship of Christ in his book “The Gospel According to Jesus.” This book is a brief summary of the teachings found there.

Like the other two in the series this is Bible saturated and well written. Concerning Christ’s lordship in our lives MacArthur covers these topics:Lord of the Universe; Lord in Our Lives; Daily Submission; Holy Living; Confession and Restoration; Ultimate Destination

Obviously any conversation concerning Christ as our Lord has to begin with our justification. Too many Christians believe that we can save ourselves by their works yet salvation is wholly a work of Christ alone.

MacArthur does a wonderful job of showing that after He saves us He is to be Lord in our lives and we are to submit to Him daily. He is our master and we are his slaves. (MacArthur wrote a wonderful book on how we are God’s slaves which I reviewed).

The chapter on holy living spoke to me the most. This is what I struggle with daily - living the life that I claim to be living. Sanctification is a process that we must work on daily. It requires God working in us for us to do any good for Him. Those who believe that they have any good in them needs to read Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10; Romans 7:24.

Anyone who is a Christian will be a different person then they were before Christ saved them. If they are the same then there was no change and therefore Christ hasn’t saved them. Difficult truths but MacArthur handles them Biblically and with love.

The last chapter deals with assurance. We as believers should find comfort in the fact that when Christ saved us we can be sure of it. We don’t need to doubt whether He has justified us before God. MacArthur spends much of the chapter on how a believer sin and still be saved. An encouragement to me, a Christians who sins much more than I want.

As with the other books in the series you won’t be disappointed with this one. You will be challenged and convicted. If you have issues with Christ as Lord allow the passages that MacArthur uses in the defense of Christ as Lord to speak to you and I trust that your view will change.

You can buy the book at Christianbook or Amazon.

Disclaimer - I received this resource free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Sneeze book review blogger program. All that was required of me is that I review it, positively or negatively, on my site.