Jesus is our Lord, September 27, 2015

Paul taught, for us . . . there is but one LORD, Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 8:6).  And Paul taught that Jesus is Lord of all (Romans 10:12). Jesus warned, Whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven (Matthew 10:33). That early Christian did not disown his Lord.

Some questions for us:
– did God authenticate Jesus as Lord? Yes (Luke 2:11, John 20:31)
– did Jesus claim to be Lord? Yes (John 13:13, Matt. 28:18)
– is it important that we believe Jesus is who He said He is? Yes (John 8:24)
– what did the first century church preach? (Acts 2:21, 36; 2 Cor. 4:5, 1 Peter 3:15, Col. 2:6, 1 Thess. 5:9, Rom .6:23)

– salvation is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:22-31, Rom. 10:9, 12-13)

– when summing up his ministry, Paul said “I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus (Acts 20:21)
– Paul said, “For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living (Rom. 14:9)
– if Jesus is my Lord, then I am his bondservant (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
– a bond servant is a voluntary slave for life out of love for his master who gives up everything – it’s a position of honor
– all true believers are bond servants (Rev. 1:1)
– obedience is required of a servant (Luke 6:46, Matt. 28:19-20)

– are salvation and punishment related to obedience? (Heb. 5:9)
– what if we don’t obey? (2 Thess. 1:8-9)
– did Jesus make obedience a salvation issue? (Matt. 7:21-23)
– are there special blessings for those who obey? (john 14:21,23-24)
– are there conditions dependent upon obedience? (John 15:10, 14)

– Grace is available to surrender to His Lordship. For some it is instant revelation and others it is progressive. (Phil. 2:9)