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Is Jesus Lord?

Discussion in 'Exploring Christianity' started by leefromcanada, Feb 26, 2020.

  1. leefromcanada

    leefromcanada New Member

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    Is Jesus Lord? If so, what does it mean that Jesus is Lord?
     
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  2. Kris Jordan

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    Hi Leefromcanada,

    In the sense of Him being Lord in our lives personally, it means He is the boss, so-to-speak. It means we yield ourselves to Him in humble submission in everything and allow Him to direct our lives, our path, our decisions, etc. We take ourselves out of the driver's seat of our lives and put Him on the throne instead.

    Does that help clarify things regarding your question? :)
     
  3. St_Worm2

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    Hello leefromcanada, in the ultimate sense, of course Jesus is Lord of (literally) all people, because He is God, the Creator of all and our King (the "King of Kings") .. John 1:1-3, 14; Colossians 1:16-19, 2:9; Revelation 19:16. As the Bible says, all will stand before the Judgment Seat of God, and every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess/give praise to God, and each will give an account of their lives to Him .. Romans 14:10-12. He is Lord of all :preach:

    In the temporal sense however, few regard Him as who He really is :( As @Kris Jordan just said above, we must "yield ourselves to Him in humble submission in everything and allow Him to direct our lives, our path, our decisions, etc.", and only Christians are capable of doing that (not that any of us do so all the time, sadly, though we should be doing so more and more throughout our lives as He continues His mighty work in us to sanctify us/make us more and more Christlike .. and we, in concert with Him, as we are able/enabled to .. Philippians 1:6, 2:12-13).

    Finally, when the Scriptures refer to Jesus as Lord, this is often a statement with regard to His Deity, IOW, Jesus is Lord also means that Jesus is God.

    God bless you!

    --David
     
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  4. St_Worm2

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    Hello again @leefromcanada, Jesus is also Lord of the church. Here is a short article from Tabletalk Magazine (it's from the folks at Ligonier, but this short portion of the magazine was written for Tabletalk by Dr. John MacArthur in this case). I thought that you might be interested in this as it looks at other ways that Jesus is Lord (as well ways that many do not regard Him as such, even though they should).

    THE LORD OF THE CHURCH

    The truth that Christ is Lord of His church may sound somewhat benign to a casual listener in our generation, but the struggle for Christ’s authority in the church has come to us through the ages on a sea of blood. Thankfully, literal bloodshed over the issue is no longer very common. But faithful Christians are still waging a fierce moral and intellectual battle for Christ’s lordship over the church.

    One of the major early catalysts in the Protestant Reformation was a book by Jan Hus, a Bohemian Christian who preceded Martin Luther by a full century. The book was De Ecclesia (The Church), and one of Hus’ most profound points was proclaimed in the title of his fourth chapter: “Christ the Only Head of the Church.”

    Hus wrote, “Neither is the pope the head nor are the cardinals the whole body of the [true] holy, universal, catholic church. For Christ alone is the head of that church.” Pointing out that most church leaders in his era actually despised the lordship of Christ, Hus said, “To such a low pitch is the clergy come that they hate those who preach often and call Jesus Christ Lord.”

    Hus’ candor cost him his life. He was declared a heretic and burnt at the stake in 1415.

    More than a hundred years later, already at odds with the papal establishment, Martin Luther read De Ecclesia. After finishing the book, he wrote to a friend, “I have hitherto taught and held all the opinions of Jan Hus unawares; so did John Staupitz. In short, we are all Hussites without knowing it.”

    Emboldened by his reading of Hus, the reformer took up the fight for Christ’s honor as true head of His church. Luther wrote, “I am persuaded that if at this time, St. Peter, in person, should preach all the articles of Holy Scripture, and only deny the pope’s authority, power, and primacy, and say, that the pope is not the head of all Christendom, they would cause him to be hanged. Yea, if Christ himself were again on earth, and should preach, without all doubt the pope would crucify him again.”

    In many ways, the question, who is Lord of the church? was the over-arching issue of the Protestant Reformation from the start. (That’s what Luther was tacitly acknowledging when he said “we are all Hussites.”)

    Of course, Roman Catholic canon law still insists that the pope is her supreme earthly head and the ruling vicar of Christ in that capacity.

    But the historic Protestant commitment to Christ’s lordship over the church has also subtly eroded, and that is a trend that deeply concerns me. It’s an issue I have written much about over the years.

    For example, some evangelical leaders aggressively teach that it is not even necessary to confess Jesus as Lord in order to be saved. That’s what the so-called “lordship controversy” is about. It would be hard to imagine a more obvious attack against the lordship of Christ over His church, but “no-lordship theology” has thrived for years and seems to be gaining strength.

    Evangelicals also gave birth to the “seeker-sensitive” movement wherein church services are tailored to please trend-savvy unbelievers. Novelties ranging from circus acts to slapstick are deliberately injected into corporate “worship” in order to keep worldly minds entertained. That is a practical denial of Christ’s lordship over His church, relegating His Word and ordinances to secondary status while granting hedonistic fashions the right to determine even the order of worship.

    Feminists want to redefine the idea of headship, eliminating the idea of authority from the concept altogether. That, too, is a frontal attack on Christ’s lordship over His church.

    Bible translators and paraphrasers who tamper with the true sense of God’s Word; emergent church leaders who question the clarity of everything Christ has said; and above all, preachers who seem to talk about everything but Scripture — all of them do what they do in direct defiance of Christ’s rightful authority over His church.

    One thing would do more than anything else to answer every challenge to Christ’s authority: the restoration of clear, powerful, expository preaching to its rightful place at the center of all the church’s activities. If we truly believe Christ is Lord of the church, then the church needs to hear His voice. His Word must be proclaimed and its content taught accurately, systematically, and unrelentingly whenever the church comes together.

    Jan Hus said the same thing. Declaring that the lordship of Christ over His church means emphatically “that the Christian ought to follow the commandments of Christ,” Hus then cited Acts 10:42 (“[Christ] commanded us to preach to the people”) and called on church leaders of his day to preach the Word of God at every opportunity — even though a papal bull was then in force, strictly limiting how and where the Scriptures could be proclaimed.

    The church today is badly in need of reformation again. And Christ’s lordship over His church is still the central truth we must recover, which requires the unleashing of His Word among His people again. We cannot merely float along with the latest evangelical trends and expect things to get better. Like Jan Hus and Martin Luther, we need to fight for the honor and authority of Christ as Lord of His church.


    ~From Ligonier Ministries and R.C. Sproul. © Tabletalk magazine, used by permission. Website: www.ligonier.org/tabletalk. Also: The Lord of the Church
    --David
     
  5. ewq1938

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    Lord in the Greek means to be a master or ruler above others. It is a title of respect.
     
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    'All knowing', 'everywhere present', 'all powerful', 'all Holy', 'all love',...with all these, how can He be anything but Lord?
     
  7. Within Reason

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    It ("Lord", see Hebrews 1:10, citing Psalms 102) means He is Jesus JEHOVAH (Deity by very nature), the Son of the Father, JEHOVAH the Ancient of Days:

    Maybe this will help you:



    Genesis 49:18 HOT - לישׁועתך קויתי יהוה׃

    Genesis 49:18 HOT Translit. - liyshûät'khä qiûiytiy y'hwäh


    Exodus 14:13 HOT - ויאמר משׁה אל־העם אל־תיראו התיצבו וראו את־ישׁועת יהוה אשׁר־יעשׂה לכם היום כי אשׁר ראיתם את־מצרים היום לא תספו לראתם עוד עד־עולם׃

    Exodus 14:13 HOT Translit. - waYomer mosheh el-hääm al-Tiyräû hit'yatz'vû ûr'û et-y'shûat y'hwäh ásher-yaáseh läkhem haYôm Kiy ásher r'iytem et-mitz'rayim haYôm lo tošiyfû lir'otäm ôd ad-ôläm​

    The "et" or "את" is the Alpeh Tau, the Alpha Omega of Hebrew, the First and Last letter, the Author and Finisher.

    2 Chronicles 20:17 HOT - לא לכם להלחם בזאת התיצבו עמדו וראו את־ישׁועת יהוה עמכם יהודה וירושׁלם אל־תיראו ואל־תחתו מחר צאו לפניהם ויהוה עמכם׃

    2 Chronicles 20:17 HOT Translit. - lo läkhem l'hiLächëm Bäzot hit'yaTZ'vû im'dû ûr'û et-y'shûat y'hwäh iMäkhem y'hûdäh wiyrûshälaim al-Tiyr'û w'al-TëchaTû mächär tz'û lif'nëyhem wayhwäh iMäkhem


    Jonah 2:9 (2:10) HOT - ואני בקול תודה אזבחה־לך אשׁר נדרתי אשׁלמה ישׁועתה ליהוה׃

    Jonah 2:9 HOT Translit. - waániy B'qôl Tôdäh ez'B'chäh-Läkh' ásher nädar'Tiy áshaLëmäh y'shûätäh layhwäh š


    Psalms 119:174 HOT - תאבתי לישׁועתך יהוה ותורתך שׁעשׁעי׃

    Psalms 119:174 HOT Translit. - Täav'Tiy liyshûät'khä y'hwäh w'tôrät'khä shaáshuäy​
     
  8. ViaCrucis

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    The English word "lord" is used to translate, and roughly corresponds to the Hebrew adonai and the Greek kyrios. In their usual, somewhat mundane sense, these words can refer to the "master of the house", the chief, the one in charge. In ancient societies the head of the household was the most important, the chief, the head, the master, over the entire household.

    Thus Jesus, as Lord, means He's the boss, He's the chief, He's the One in charge.

    -CryptoLutheran
     
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