Each time we study God’s Word and halt at a particular verse, we need to scrutinize the context and connect with the cross references in order to get the full meaning.
Romans 10:9 – If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Matthew 7:21- 23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
From the above verse, some conclude that doing the will of the Father is the only requirement in the Christian walk, for Jesus called those who prophesied and drove out demons – ‘evildoers’. If that was the case, consider the disciples who drove out demons, raised the dead and performed many miracles. Never go to the extreme of any teaching. There is a balanced way.
Mark 16:15 -18 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
What Jesus actually meant from Matthew 7:21-23 is that in addition to prophesying and performing miracles in His Name, we must also do the will of the Father and call upon the Name of the Lord Jesus.
John 13:13 – “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.
Jesus approves of us calling Him ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, but we must also do the will of the Father and obey His commands.
1 Timothy 6:15 – which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
There are many people who are known as lords and there are kings who rule the nations. But Jesus’ position is high above them all and He is the only Ruler, the King of kings and the Lord of lords! Many people don’t know this but the evil spirits know this crystal clear and they tremble before His Name.
Acts 2:36 – “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
Acts 10:36 – You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
Be it a nation or an organisation, we have people serving at different levels and they’re all subject to a top leader such as the king/president or a M.D/CEO. But Jesus’ position is above every rulership, authorities and thrones. He is the Lord of all!
We see the usage, ‘My Lord’ many times in the Bible. For example, Jesus appeared to the disciples and asked Thomas to place his finger on His nail-pierced hands and to touch His side with his hand. Thomas then called out to Jesus, “my Lord and my God”. (John 20:28)
John 20:13 – “They have taken my Lord away,” Mary said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”
In Philippians 3:8, Paul wrote … the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord,
Thomas, Mary and Paul didn’t just say Lord, but they used the term, ‘My Lord’. This shows a mutual relationship where Jesus becomes our own and we become His own! Lord is a general usage; but when you call ‘My Lord’ or ‘My Jesus’, it becomes more personal and intimate and your inheritance.
Philippians 2:9-11 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Paul here says there’s a time coming where every created being will bow on their knees and confess Jesus Christ is Lord. We however are privileged to be intimate with Jesus and experience His blessings and goodness on a daily basis in this journey of life. Hallelujah!
What does it mean when we say, ‘Jesus Christ is my Lord’?
Philippians 3:7,8 – But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.
That involves a disdain for the things of this world. Everything we see in this world is His creation and not be regarded as more significant than the Creator Himself. Christ the Lord is highest of all. Here, we read Paul’s decisions and convictions that changed the course of his life. He was a Pharisee – the top class in the society who excelled in their dressing, hairstyle and religious observances ,etc. He was highly educated and rich. But for the sake of Christ, he became willing to forsake his popularity,his prestige, his family and even his position in the society. He considered everything as loss and garbage in order to gain Christ – his Lord.
Remember: We need to be willing to let go/ put aside anything for the sake of Christ – do not count anything else more important than Jesus. That’s the real meaning of being born again, and confessing Jesus Christ is my Lord’.
Philippians 3: 10-14 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Paul wanted to know Christ personally – the righteousness that comes from Christ (verse 9) and the power of His resurrection. He was willing to suffer for Christ on Earth. It’s easy to confess Jesus Christ as Lord, but Paul shares the deeper meaning of life thereafter – to know and abide in Christ, to know the power of His resurrection, to know the righteousness that comes from God and to participate in His sufferings.
Paul was constantly pressing on towards the perfection of Jesus. Forgetting what is behind, he strained forward with the goal to become perfect like Christ – not that he obtained perfection, he still had shortcomings in his life. But he always compared himself to Christ, and not to any other apostle, ministers, believers or heres in this world. His goal was to become like Christ.
When we confess Jesus Christ as Lord, may we also have this deep desire and goal to become like Christ!
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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.
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