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Breaking with the Old

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Part 3: Salvation by believing

(Content of this section: Peter preached to the people salvation citing Psalm 110:1.)


This is not the end of the story. The New Testament refers to and quotes Psalm 110 in other places besides the Gospels to reveal that Jesus is the Christ. The Book of Acts records Psalm 110:1 as a scripture spoken by the apostle Peter. He refers to it as part of his well-known and important sermon given on the Day of Pentecost.

On the Day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter stood up to speak to the people. It was the people who had come together drawn by something like sound of a rushing mighty wind at the outpouring of God's Spirit. He preached to them salvation citing Psalm 110:1. He told them, taking his authority from that very scripture, that they were to take faith that Jesus of Nazareth was both Lord and Christ. The result was, that as the people confessed Jesus as Lord, they were saved!

(Content of this section: Everyone who confesses Jesus is Lord comes to salvation by faith)


On the occasion of Peter’s sermon on the Day of Pentecost, those who confessed ‘Jesus is Lord’ were saved. It is no different today. It has always since that day been that way. Whoever confesses Jesus is Lord comes to salvation by faith!

We have discovered (if we didn’t know already) that when we say ‘Jesus is Lord’ we mean Jesus is the Lord referred to by David as ‘my Lord’ in Psalm 110. In that Psalm David wrote, “The Lord said to my Lord.” And what did the Lord say to ‘my Lord’? He said much indeed, but importantly it began with the call, “Sit at my right hand.” Jesus is the Lord over whom it was declared, “Sit at my right hand." Our confession of faith that Jesus is Lord gives our acknowledgement to this. First our confession acknowledges Jesus as the Son of God and then, in addition, it acknowledges Him as the Lord over whom it was declared, “Sit at my right hand."

(Content of this section: The way to receive salvation)


This confession “Jesus is Lord" is central to salvation. The apostle Paul taught that, when it is linked with belief in the heart in resurrection of Jesus Christ, this confession is the way to receive salvation. He wrote,

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Rom 10:9 - 10 - ESV


If you want to be confident you have eternal salvation, then that is the pattern to follow. Do just as it says and you will be saved!

Preview of content in next part:

  • God the Father calls the Son to sit at His right hand.
  • Jesus is revealed as our High Priest
  • Jesus our High Priest is available to aid us
  • Precious assurances given to us regarding Christ's aid for us

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