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22 February, 2011 / theexpositor

MacArthur-The significance of saying “Lord”

This comes from an article on with Dr. John MacArthur concerning his latest book entitled  “Slave” and this portion deals with the significance of calling Jesus Lord. Many people, especially those who claim to be Christians, have little or no concept of what the Lordship of Christ means.

The significance of saying “Lord”

To say Jesus is Lord is a common confession among Christians. But people don’t get it, MacArthur noted.

“If he’s Lord, I’m his slave,” he simply put it.

The Greek word for “Lord” is kyrios, he explains in his book. And its fundamental meaning is “master” or “owner.”

Thus, saying “Lord” carries a lot of weight. It means obeying no matter the level of sacrifice; it means giving up everything to follow Him; it means coming to the end of oneself and submitting completely to His will, MacArthur elaborated.

But it is not mere duty that serves as the motivation to obey, he noted. It is love.

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments,” Jesus told his disciples in John 14:15.

After all, they were bought with a price – Jesus’ blood.

Additionally, Christians should understand that to be a slave of Jesus Christ “is the greatest benediction imaginable,” MacArthur said.

“Not only is He a kind and gracious Lord, but He is also the God of the universe. His character is perfect; His love is infinite; His power, matchless; His wisdom, unsearchable; and His goodness, beyond compare.”

MacArthur reminded believers that they were delivered from “the vilest, most dreadful master imaginable” – sin.

“Slavery to Christ not only means freedom from sin, guilt, and condemnation. It also means freedomto obey, to please God, and to live the way our Creator intended us to live – in intimate fellowship with Him.”

The notion of absolute enslavement will likely sort out the true believers from the rest, he said. While true believers would embrace it, “non-believers” in the church – some of whom know they’re non-believers and some of whom don’t – would refuse to accept it and ultimately leave.

Using the famous biblical illustration of the rich young ruler, MacArthur noted that if Jesus simply said “believe in me” or “pray this prayer” as the means for inheriting eternal life, the man would have done it. But Jesus told him to sell everything he has and give the money to the poor.

“Jesus went after the issue of who’s Lord,” he stressed. “It’s basically like the First Commandment – have no other gods – and Deuteronomy 6 – love the Lord with all your heart, all your soul, all your might, all your strength. No room for any other gods. That’s why Jude 4 says that Jesus Christ is our only master and Lord.”