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September 20, 2012

Jesus is both Lord and Christ

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In Acts 2:36, Peter said, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”  Many people want Jesus to be their Christ, or Messiah.  They want Jesus to save them from their sins.  But in order for Jesus to be our Savior, He must also be our Lord, which means “supreme in authority.”  To be saved, we must accept His authority and thus submit to Him.

In Matthew 28:18, Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”  Since God has given Jesus all authority, where do churches get the idea that they can have some kind of council and vote to try to change things?  In Ephesians 1:22, Paul tells us that God put all things under Christ’s feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church.  In a similar passage, Paul wrote in Colossians 1:18, “And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”  Man cannot change God’s word, which is truth.

Jesus must be accepted as Lord.  That means to accept the fact that Jesus has authority over us.  We must submit to Him.  We must obey Him.  His church is not a democracy.  Jesus is the King over His kingdom, and we must be in subjection to Him.

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus stated that those who hear His words and obey them will be like a wise man who built his house on a rock.  Because it had a strong foundation, it stood through the storm.  But those who hear His words and do not obey them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The storm destroyed the foolish man’s house.  It is foolish to not obey the commands of the Lord.

Many who claim that Jesus is their Lord are unwilling to totally submit to Him.  If they disagree with His teaching, they just try to change it.  To such individuals, Jesus asks in Luke 6:46, “But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do the things which I say?”  Our actions reveal whether or not Jesus is truly our Lord.  If He is our Lord, we will accept His authority and obey Him in all things.

Since Jesus died on the cross for our sins, love and appreciation for Him should motivate us to obey His will.  In John 14:15, Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”  The apostle John wrote in I John 5:3, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.  And His commandments are not burdensome.”  When we love God, we won’t try to make excuses for not obeying Him; we will do what He says.

God’s word has the power to save us (Romans 1:16).  But we must be doers of the word, and not hearers only (James 1:22).  Those who hear God’s word, but who do not obey it, deceive themselves.  Hebrews 5:9 teaches us that Jesus gives eternal salvation to all who obey Him.  Conversely, those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ will be punished with everlasting destruction (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9).

The wise man, Solomon, declared the importance of obedience in Ecclesiastes 12:13: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.”  John wrote in I John 2:4, “He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”  

This is very plain.  Those who know the Lord will obey Him.  To obey Him is to accept Him as Lord.  Jesus tells us in John 12:48, “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him – the word that I have spoken will judge Him in the last day.”  If you want Jesus to be your Savior, you must let Him be your Lord by obeying His commandments.  Jesus must be accepted as both Lord and Christ.

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