The Lordship of Jesus

Luke 6:46 ESV “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?

Critical to a believer’s faith in Jesus Christ is the recognition of Him as not only Savior, but as Lord of their life.  Why is it that so many Christians profess Christ as their personal Savior, but do not do the things that He says?  How often do we see someone make the “decision” to follow Christ, but never see the lifestyle change?  The change may be temporary or non-existent, but they soon forget about that “momentary decision” and continue back into the same old lifestyle that they supposedly turned from.  The answer is simple; they have not acknowledged that Jesus Christ is Lord of their lives. 

If we look at our subject verse from Luke 6:46 conversely, Jesus is saying if you’re going to call me Lord, you’d better do the things I say.  Don’t give me lip service by calling me kurios, or Lord, if you aren’t going to obey me.  Kurios is Greek for master or Lord, from the word origin kuros, meaning supremacy.  The full sovereignty of Christ is found not only in being our Savior, but in everything.  He is Supreme, the Alpha and Omega, not only Savior, but Lord.

I think it’s important here to draw parallel to another passage found in the Gospel of Matthew.  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 7:21 ESV It’s imperative to note here that Christ has been declared “Lord”, the lip service we referred to earlier, but that those who make the declaration have not kept His commandments and will therefore not enter heaven.  You see Christian, it’s not enough to talk the talk if you’re not walking the walk.  All of the talk might work in church or around friends, but when we stand before Christ at judgment He knows our hearts.  He knows who has declared Him as Lord and Savior and who has produced fruits evident of their confession. 

The Apostle Paul makes the following Spirit inspired assertion, “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. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” Romans 10:9-10 ESV Beloved, I want you to understand the implications of that passage.  In verse 9, there’s salvation.  Confess that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. There’s no amount or level of attainable works defined here.  Nothing that you can do to gain salvation or something you need to do to be more saved than another.  There’s no such thing as progressive salvation.  What we’re talking about is what Paul reemphasizes in verse 10, believe in your heart and your justified, confess with your mouth and be saved.  But as we’ve discussed, Jesus reminds us don’t confess Him if you’re not going to obey Him or you will not see the Kingdom of Heaven.    

In no way am I trying to stir debate on the doctrine of Lordship Salvation or to create controversy or doubt within the believer; I can’t judge the heart, nor would I try, only God does.  But what I am here to say is that how is it possible that you can accept salvation from Jesus Christ who died on the cross for your sins to save you from the wrath and eternal judgment of God (John 3:36) and not make Him Lord of your life? How can you make that so called momentary decision and continue living life status quo?  Is that the mark of a true Christian?  I know from my own personal experience that I was saved at a young age.  That I carried Jesus Christ in my heart as a believer and that even as a child my life was for Christ.  He was always with me and I was a child of His.  When I sinned, it hurt, when I struggled, I cried out to my Heavenly Father, when I had doubts I trusted Him.  At some point along my journey I began to do my own thing, as I’m certain many of you reading either have or are currently doing.  The prophet Isaiah uses the analogy of sheep and their Shepherd. Isaiah 53:6a ESV, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned-every one-to his own way”.  Sheep naturally migrate from one patch of grass to the next, constantly searching for more and better until they’ve lost sight of the Shepherd, before they know it, they look up and find themselves lost.  But when they keep their eyes fixed on Him, their way is never lost.  This is the idea of Jesus being Lord of your life.  With Him as your Master, as your eyes fixed on Him, you’ll never lose your way.       

As Jesus states in Matthew 7:19-20 ESV, “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.”  We’ve discussed the battle of sin in a believers life in License to Sin and Lukewarm Christian, but at the heart of this issue is the absence of Jesus as Lord, either as a lack of initial lordship or due to a falling away.  When He is Lord of your life, all you want to do is bear fruit.  Sin becomes something you abhor, something you run from, not something you deal with, and something you remorsefully repent of and confess.  If you claim Christ as Savior, but He is not Lord of your life, do you dare say “Lord, Lord”, yet walk in disobedience?

 

Philippians 2:9-11 ESV  9Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

John 14:15 ESV If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

Know God

spurgeonrBy Charles Spurgeon

Daniel 11:32 NKJV “…but the people who know their God shall be strong….”

Every believer understands that to know God is the highest and best form of knowledge; and this spiritual knowledge is a source of strength to the Christian.  It strengthens his faith.  Believers are constantly spoken of in the Scriptures as being persons who are enlightened and taught of the Lord; they are said to have an unction from the Holy One, and it is the Spirit’s peculiar office to lead them into all truth, and all this for the increase and the fostering of their faith.  Knowledge strengthens love, as well as faith.  Knowledge opens the door, and then through that door we see our Saviour.  Or, to use another similitude, knowledge paints the portrait of Jesus, and when we see that portrait then we love him, we cannot love a Christ whom we do not know, at least in some degree.  If we know but little of the excellences of Jesus, what he has done for us, and what he is doing now, we cannot love him much; but the more we know him, the more we shall love him.  Knowledge also strengthens hope.  How can we hope for a thing if we do not know of its existence?  Hope may be the telescope, but till we receive instruction, our ignorance stands in front of the glass, and we can see nothing whatever; knowledge removes the interposing object, and when we look through the bright optic glass we discern the glory to be revealed, and anticipate it with joyous confidence.  Knowledge supplies us reasons for patience.  How shall we have patience unless we know something of the sympathy of Christ, and understand the good which is to come out of the correction which our heavenly Father sends us?  Nor is there one single grace of the Christian which, under God, will not be fostered and brought to perfection by holy knowledge.  How important, then, is it that we should grow not only in grace, but in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

My Heart is Burdened

I have a burden on my heart.  For those of you who visit this blog frequently you know that primarily I include devotional posts or posts on “Christian Living.”  Mainly a topic comes to mind or is placed on my heart and then I study the Bible to examine the truths that it contains about that topic, attempting to always draw implications from those passages.  While my all encompassing burden is to reach people with the Gospel and through the message of the Bible awaken Christians who were asleep like I was, from time to time I feel like I must address the “wolves” that have crept into the fold unnoticed. (Jude 4 NKJV) My burden stems from the fact that while I pray that I “preach” an effective Gospel, other more nationally renowned “pastor/teachers” or those with a larger platform are preaching a different Gospel.  Because of that platform or the name recognition they have developed quite a following though one that lacks discernment.  There are two specific things that I pray for regarding this blog and its readers: 1) Biblical Wisdom and 2) Spiritual Discernment.  I believe each of these are spiritual gifts that the Apostle Paul talks about in I Corinthians 12.  Each of us who follow Christ as Lord and Savior have varying gifts of the Holy Spirit that God wants us to use for His glory.  While we’ll save the larger discussion on spiritual gifts for another post, I wanted to just emphasize the importance of discernment, determining biblical truths from the lies of the world.

One important aspect of the false teachings of today that must be understood is that none of it is new.  The seeker sensitive movement, prosperity gospel, purpose driven, best-life now, emerg- ing/ent/ence church all of these apostasy’s (and like it or not, this is what they are) are not new.  Ecclesiastes 1:9 says there is nothing new under the sun.  None of these movements are new, they simply rehash or repackage old ideas that infiltrated the church throughout its history and try to present them in a new, or watch this…RELEVANT manner.  Christian, there is nothing more relevant than the Word of God.  Hebrews 4:12 NKJV, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  Think about that verse just for one minute.  Go back and read it again.  The Word of God is living and powerful, that alone is enough to pause and give all glory to God, but to read it is sharper than any sword and can divide soul and spirit down to the joints and marrow of your bones, that it discerns (there’s our word again) the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Wow!  If you don’t believe that verse, I challenge you to read the Bible for 1 month and I promise you it will do all of that and more.

I’ve debated internally about whether or not I should expose those false teachers and false resources for what they really are, not in any attempt to smear or demean, but to inform you the reader of what to look out for and I’ve done this in the past to a degree, see The Wolves are Emerging.  But as I read the Bible, there is less emphasis on individualizing people as there is on identifying false movements and that makes sense because if for example an Emerging Church leader disappears from the scene, the movement won’t stop, just that person’s individual ministry ceases to exist.  I think it equates best to shining a light on a macro-scale vs. a micro-scale.

So what does this mini-diatribe all mean?  What it means is that I’m praying for your discernment about these matters.  I can’t force you to put down a book that leads you to a false destination about who God really is, I can’t stop you from listening to a pastor that teaches everything but the one true living King of Kings, and I certainly cannot dissect for you with the precision of a surgeon those teachers who are so close to the truth that it’s scary, yet their beliefs are so dangerously false that their words broaden the gate with every breath.  But what I can do is pray.  Pray that God exposes each and everyone of these false teachers and pray that He gives each of you discernment to recognize them.  Jesus’ words ring so true today, “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'” Matthew 7:22-23  In those verses the ones that say Lord, Lord claim to have prophesied, cast out demons, and done many wonders in the name of Jesus, yet Jesus will declare to them that He never knew them because they practiced evil.  They take the appearance of having the Truth, yet are far from it.  This verse should be a sobering wake up call because it is telling you that just because you hear the name of Jesus preached, or just because you see someone holding the Bible, DOES NOT mean they are of God.  Satan wants to take you so close to the truth that you think its real; that’s the heart of deception.  In the passage from Matthew, those preachers/workers actually professed the name of Jesus.  Just as James 2:19 says, “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble!”  In closing I want to include two videos which show just how close the apostasy is moving to the truth without being true, because it now spreads to perverting the Word of God (please realize there is no way to illustrate this point without including “individual” opinions).  Listen to both and let the discernment of the Holy Spirit lead you.  As always, comments or questions are welcome.

Dr. John MacArthur

Rob Bell

Ephesians 4:15 "Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ"