Jesus is Lord -- Kurios

The Bible says clearly that Jesus Christ is "Lord" (On this topic I am indebted to John MacArthur, Jr. and his excellent book, "Slave.")

Jesus being "Lord" has tremendous implications for everything -- righteous living, victory over sin, true spiritual power, purity, biblical counseling, and how believers view themselves and how they view God.

Jesus is Lord -- Kurios (Greek)

The New Testament (NT) explains that Jesus Christ is Kurios -- "Lord."

"Lord" is used hundreds of times in the NT, Jesus is described as "Lord" (Kurios), with all the word's various forms.

Calling Jesus "Lord" is as MacArthur says, "the core confession of Christianity."

Romans 10:9 "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved;"

1 Corinthians 12:3 "and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit."

But what does "Lord" mean?

Kurios (Lord) -- means One who has power, absolute authority, the master having the total right to command -- i.e., the Owner.

Jesus is Lord, Master, and Owner.

Sometimes that is easy to say, because in our mind we are leaving out part of the definition.

"Yes, He's Master, Lord, and Owner of things."

But the gospel is that Jesus is "Master, Lord, Owner" of people -- even me! The wills of people are to be subservient to His will as Lord!

Wow, this is not the typical way He's described today.

"Savior," yes, "Friend," yes … but "Lord, Owner?"

But Jesus is Lord. And as Lord He has all power, all authority, and all rights to command, as the sovereign Lord!

NT writers used "Lord" regarding Jesus more times than they used Savior. And Jesus never hesitated from saying He was Lord.

John 13:13 "You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am."

And we can go to verse after verse, describing Jesus as Lord.

This is so lost in many of today's churches. Savior? YES! Shepherd? YES! Friend? YES! But absolute, total sovereign Lord? No, this is often left out.

And the Lordship of Jesus implies our submission to Him as our Lord.

Matthew 7:21-23 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father"

Little background: In Koine Greek -- Kurios -- was a person who owned slaves: In the massive, 10 Volume Greek Dictionary edited by Kittel, the writer for Kurios writes: "κύριος is the owner of slaves and property."

So Kurios involved "slave" language. Back at that time, if you're a Lord, you owned slaves.

(Now when you read this don't think of historic American slavery. It wasn't the same context.)

However, do you realize what this means? Do the math: Historically and contextually, for someone in NT times to call Jesus Lord meant he agreed Jesus was His master and he was Jesus' slave. That's the point you CANNOT miss.

Here's what this means practically: As Lord, Jesus has the right to Rule. As Lord, Jesus is in control, He rules, He reigns, He owns everything, and He has a right to everything and everyone. Therefore practically, He controls me and my future.

The disciples knew this and affirmed this truth. In the context of this definition, the Disciples addressed Jesus as Lord.

Peter: John 13:37 "Peter said to Him, "Lord, why can I not follow You right now? I will lay down my life for You [total submission]."

Thomas: John 14:5 "Thomas said to [Jesus], "Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?"

Philip: John 14:8 "Philip said to [Jesus], "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us."

Disciples: Acts 1:6 "And so when they had come together, they were asking [Jesus], saying, "Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?"

Peter: Acts 2:21 'And it shall be, that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'

Jesus: John 13:14 "If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet."

Dear people, Jesus controls me, rules me, and reigns over me. He owns everything and everyone, and as Lord -- His will reigns supreme.

Do you recognize Jesus as your Lord? Is your life surrendered to Jesus as your Lord and Savior? I hope it is ... :)

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