On God:
The Real Jesus:
Call on the Name of the Lord
Jesus Is. . .
The Good Shepherd
Jesus Is King
Jesus Prayed
Greatest Hero
The Gospel 1
The Gospel 2
Relation with Jesus
The Jesus Transformation
The Word Was Made Flesh
In Jesus
Putting on Christ
Impact of the Resurrection
Call on the Name of the Lord
Salvation:
Words of Life
What Must You Do to Be Saved?
What Is Faith? I
What Is Faith? II
Faithfulness 1
Faithfulness 2
Faith Works
Heart
Real Freedom
Prepare for the Day of the Lord
The Kingdom is Now
Pomises and Loyalty
What is the Kingdom?

Deliver Us from Evil
Blameless
The Enemy:
Fear Not
Spiritual Warfare
Antichrist
The Causes of Troubles
War and Peace
Love of Money
Miscellany:
The Logos New
As We Forgive Those...
Bible and Stem Cell Research
Religion in America
Angels
From Time to Time
What Is the Spirit?
Work of the Spirit
Baptism of Spirit
Adversity
True Joy
Age of Passover
The New Age
Peace
Hope
Spirit Teaches
In Place
Covenant
Covenant of Creation
Two Covenants
Covenent of Promised Land Sabbath, Covenant of Promise
The New Covenant
Our Wrtten Covenant
Jesus Is Lord

From Medieval history, we know a lord rules the estate, measure of land by primogeniture and/or prowess as a fighter. In many cases the lord has subjugated invaders or usurpers. In Son and Lord, we learned how and why God made Jesus lord. The questions we ought to visit are what does being lord mean, how a person might realize Jesus is a lord worth following and how a person realizes that relationship.

Being lord does not mean lording it over someone; it primarily means a relationship within a family where one sibling, the oldest usually, commands the respect of the others due to his character resulting in deeds recommending his position. Jesus being lord does not impose authority upon others, but rather garners respect and admiration from those who would accept his leadership.

In sociology, we learn that every group has a natural leader where others in the group find positions supportive of that leadership; almost as if the others in the group find a person that fulfills the group’s concept of leadership considering the purpose of the group.

Believers make up a group dedicated to adhering to God’s Word. Jesus fulfills the purpose of the group beyond all others. From their knowledge of the Gospel, believers decide that this Jesus fits their description of leader perfectly. Therefore, they accept this man as their leader.

The dynamics of the group, in this case of believers, interact in such a way to maintain the purpose of the group, i.e., adhering to God’s Word. They exemplify, encourage and, at times, correct others in the group to keep the group of believers properly following their goals. In all cases, members look to their leader for leadership in all areas and defer to him as the final authority.

The following are some definitions of lord, which might fully clothe the meaning of the word.

• Someone or something having power, authority, or influence.

• A master or ruler: our lord the king.

[Middle English, from Old English hlford : hlf, bread + weard, guardian; see wer-3 in Indo-European Roots.] — dictionary.com

Greek: 2962. kurios; (authority); lord, master:

Hebrew:

120. adam [9a]; from an unused word; man, mankind:
117. addir [12b]; from 142; majestic:
142. adar [12a]; a prim. root; wide, great:

113. adon [10d]; from an unused word; lord:

114. Addon [11d]; prob. intens. for 113; “powerful,”

Synonyms:
Master, in locus parentis, chairman of the board, head of the church, captain, commandant, commander, dad, governor, king, leader, liege, man upstairs, prince, royalty, ruler, sovereign, superior, administrator, boss, captain, chief, commandant, czar, director, don, exec, guru, head, head honcho, head man, high priest, higher up, king, kingfish, kingpin, lead-off man, lord, mastermind, officer, point man, ruler, skipper, top banana, top brass, top dog, conquistador, defeater, hero, lord, master, subduer, subjugator, vanquisher, victor, winner.

How the Lord Jesus Becomes Our Lord

“If you say (confess, actually) Jesus is Lord, God will save you. This statement suggests several questions. What does it mean that Jesus is Lord? Furthermore, how did he become Lord?”

The above paragraph began the discourse on how Jesus became Lord, which I developed in last month’s magazine article. That article prompts us to ask how does the Lord Jesus become our Lord, and how do we become his disciples, followers, friends and brothers or sisters. Simple put, how does our relationship with Jesus begin, develop and grow.

Ability to Learn

In the beginning, God had a plan to have a family. He began His plan by stretching out the heavens and the earth by his hand. After He commanded the heaven and the earth into existence from nothing, he bent down, formed man from the red clay of the earth in His image and breathed into him the breath of life. That breath enabled people to develop language and all that it entails, e.g., the ability to think and communicate.

People learn from hearing language, or being taught language, from their parents for the most part. A person cannot have language without three important components, breath, vocal folds and the mouth. The breath causes the vocal folds to vibrate and the various components of the mouth form the sounds, sounds with meaning. We cannot learn without someone making words-sounds, derived from breath, vocal folds and mouth, which we hear and then our brains begin to associate the sounds with meanings — at first simple meanings, such as a ball or water. We think in words and communicate by making word-sounds (or writing words that are symbols for sounds).

Neh. 9:20 “You gave Your good Spirit to instruct them,

God gave us the ability to learn by breath of language. He then instructed us through the prophets of the Old Testament and through Jesus in the New Testament.

Heb. 1:1 ¶ God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,
Heb. 1:2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through
(better, because of: 1223. dia¿ dia; a prim. prep.; through, on account of, because of:) whom also He made the world.

When a person becomes persuaded, by hearing the gospel, that he believes Jesus is Lord, he enters into a relationship with God through Jesus whom God made lord. He learns about the life of Jesus, what he did, what he said, and how he overcame every adversity (and adversary) for the purpose of being God’s instrument for saving believers from sin, sickness and death. He learns about Jesus’ Passover, death and resurrection. These facts make a profound impression on that person who would believe. Then they say, like those who heard Peter’s sermon on Pentecost, what must we do?

Acts 2:37 ¶ Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?”

They heard an abbreviated version of the Gospel, and it moved them to want to take action. With this understanding, the ability from God to comprehend, they asked the apostles to help them to translate these words into body language. The very things that Jesus did to become Lord had the effect of persuading others to join themselves to him, to learn from him, to follow his ways, and to become loyal members of the household of God. However, just as Jesus had to earn his position, these ardent neophytes have to walk the narrow path leading to success, but they have the kind of help Jesus did not have. They have his help because he is lord.

Lords, as you know, also teach, train, heal and protect those under their rule. As God led Jesus from the Words of the Old Testament and by inspiring him, he leads his new children through Jesus’ Words and examples. Indeed, He also inspires His children through the Gospel of His Son.

To Be Wise

Being given a spirit of understanding by the very nature of the breath and language a person receives from God, until and unless the desire for understanding is deceptively consigned to a dark dank corner of a person’s mind, a person wants to know how and why, i.e., to know wisdom.

Prov. 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction,
To discern the sayings of understanding,
Prov. 8:1 ¶ Does not wisdom call,
And understanding lift up her voice?
Prov. 2:2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
Incline your heart to understanding;


If wisdom shouts in the streets, how much more wisdom do people receive from the gospel? Without wisdom a person cannot make a decision to discern Jesus as Lord much less follow his leadership. People make themselves wise by inclining their hearts to wisdom, to the wisdom they find in the words of the Gospel. While those in the first Pentecost immediately recognized the wisdom and truth of Peter’s exposition, we cannot know the experiences and nature of those who readily found the wisdom they had been seeking. As in all God does, a lot of groundwork precedes any important event God decrees for those He calls. Look at the hundreds of years Israel spent in Egypt before God began to deal with them. Furthermore, God gave Israel the plagues, not in the same way as Egypt, so God might ready them for Passover. People God call today also go through years in the slavery of Egypt (read: Satanic deception), experience some manner of plagues, then gather their wits to Passover, and even then they have not arrived even at Pentecost. Years of wilderness await believers.

God carefully prepares those who would be His by, often, years of preparation and each experience is different. As a youth about nine years old, for example, I came across a Catholic version of the Acts of the Apostles in a text we seldom used. So impressed with the great deeds, miracles, and lives delineated even by the Catholic version, I silently wished that the Catholic Church never deviated from that perfect version of Christianity. Later in life, I attribute the reading about the Acts of the Apostles to my search for a church like that one. Finally, after examining many philosophies, religions, and ministries, I decided to do it myself. While, as yet, we have not reached the level of spiritual purity of the early Church, we know our goal and direction. To each whom He calls, God gives an inspiration of some sort germane to the personality and character of that person.

When did God’s wisdom call you? What led you to Our Lord?

Prov. 1:20 Wisdom shouts in the street,
She lifts her voice in the square;
Prov. 8:1 ¶ Does not wisdom call,
And understanding lift up her voice?
Prov. 2:2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
Incline your heart to understanding;

How and when did you realize that Jesus exemplified God’s way of life and the wisdom of God? Were you involved in scriptures from early on? Did someone or something bring you to under-standing of the scriptures?

2Tim. 3:15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Eph. 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

1Cor. 1:30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,

Yet, they value the fear of the Lord and know that He gives them knowledge, understanding and wisdom, the wisdom found in the Gospel.

Rev. 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

Remember

The words of the Gospel, Acts, Letters and Revelation are the result of Jesus’ qualification to be Lord. Remember, without Jesus’ words and deeds, there would be no Gospel. Our calling springs from God through the Gospel.

Remember that believers form a group, a church, who earnestly desire to adhere, beyond all else, to God’s Word. This singular group continues to find in Jesus the leadership they know comes from God. This leadership shapes their perspective on life and their way of living.

1Pet. 1:13 ¶ Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1Pet. 1:16 because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

Repent

When a chosen one of God, learns of His Son, he becomes troubled by the life he led because he suddenly sees how he was deceived.

Acts 2:37 ¶ Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?”
Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:39 “For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.”

Take up Your Cross Daily.

Due to the nature of language, i.e., the earliest language learned becomes a foundation language while higher language learned later controls the early language, the basic language never goes away and needs constant control and is controllable with effort for the most part. Jesus explains that nature of language in a different sense; he calls it taking up your cross, where the cross represents the old misguided and deceptive ideas and ways learned earlier on — the ways in opposition to God, sinful ways. The effort of keeping to God’s way is constant effort.

Luke 9:23 ¶ And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

How does one get rid of sinful ways? As suggested above by using a controlling language to consign sinful language to the Langoliers (from the Stephen King’s novel that indicates that “the Langoliers' job is to erase moments in time that have already passed into history.” – web site), i.e., the wayward past, as far as we are concerned.

The Bible firmly teaches that one must replace the old with the new, the bad with the good, deception with the Truth, for the mind and language abhors a vacuum.

Eph. 4:20 But you did not learn Christ in this way,
Eph. 4:21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,
Eph. 4:22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,
Eph. 4:23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
Eph. 4:24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

Tested

Like it or not, God insists upon testing a person as He did to all of His. Now, this testing should be considered as a person learning a skill. The teacher must push the individual to the next phase, which one readily might not want to go to. Nonetheless, to complete the skill a person must move to the highest level. The hitter must learn to hit the low inside strike or fail to make the team. The pianist must learn the chords or never learn to play properly. There are many examples from every skill imaginable.

While Jesus went through temptations, tests, on his own, not that God did not give him strength and encouragement from His Word, we do not have to. Jesus will come to our aid, and God will keep our testing on our level, not beyond what we can handle. Jesus’ success in overcoming temptation as we saw in last month’s article enables us to gain his strength, wisdom and help. We are not alone, and never will be. All is available to us for astonishing success.

Luke 22:40 When He arrived at the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
1Cor. 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
Heb. 2:18 For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.
Heb. 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.

Conclusion

When the time was right, God called us. When the time was right, God gave us over to His Son for our development. When the time was right, we confessed Jesus is Lord. When the time was right, we showed our allegiance to God through Jesus. When the time is right, God gives us eternal life.

Matt. 10:32 ¶ “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.
Matt. 10:33 “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

Matt. 10:38 “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
Matt. 10:39 “He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.

Amen.

Gil Kovacs, Pastor
Sabbath Christian Church

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