The term, “Lord” is unique in meaning, yet used in a casual manner. Think of the many ways in which the word is used. The expression, “Oh, Lord” for instance, when there is a mis-hap. Little do people realized that this is using God’s name in vain, for the reference is to Jesus. Also, prayers are often addressed to God by the expression, “Dear Lord”. Now in this situation the use of “Lord” may be quite proper if spoken by a Spirit filled Christian for the right purpose. These observations may leave you with some question as to what is meant here. Let us consider some Bible truths to clarify this matter.

            To begin, we should first define what “Lord” means. According to the Winston dictionary, it means one supreme in authority; sovereign; ruler; governor; and other lesser positions. Where the word refers to Jesus Christ or Jehovah, God, these definitions even fall short of who God really is in all truth. He is incomparable in power, creation; knowledge and love. Man may try to find a substitute for Him, but will destroy themselves in the process if they do not repent and bow before Him as the eternal, Father, God. Eventually all creation will bow to Him, That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;   And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11 AV). Jesus Christ is Lord of all, not only for the moment, but from alpha to omega.

            It takes more than the human, fleshy tongue to meaningfully express verbally the Lordship of Christ or His Father; it takes the indwelling Holy Ghost of God to properly proclaim Him as Lord. This is borne out by God’s Word in 1Cor. 12:3, “Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.” Also, there is the account that Jesus gives of those who say, Lord, Lord, without obeying Him, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21 AV)

            How can a person expect to receive anything from God if they do not obey Him? How can a person obey God without the power of His Spirit living in him? He/she cannot; it’s that simple. That is why Jesus provides us with the Holy Ghost, His power for living and loving as He directs. In John 14:25-26 Jesus tells us of the power and purpose of the Holy Ghost in our lives; “These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:25-26 AV).

            As the Holy Ghost teaches us and we obey Him, we can then, and not before, call Jesus, “Lord”. What a privilege it is, and what a comfort to know that Jesus truly is our Lord, our Master, Savior and friend, and to know that He holds the keys to Heaven and Hell.

            What do we hear Him telling us? “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8 AV) He tells us to be witnesses to Him where ever we are and preach the Gospel in any way we can so that His saving power can be made known to all who will hear. As we do this in the Spirit, we can truthfully call Jesus, “Lord“, but not before.

            Can you truthfully call Jesus, Lord? If not, you need to repent of your sin-laden life, accept Christ for your salvation, determine to be His servant until He comes, and ask Him to baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire for power to do His will: “John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: (Luke 3:16 AV) Here is the key to the Lordship of Christ in our lives. We hope you will find the Lord as we have, and are able to call Him, “Lord”.

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