Jesus Is “Lord”

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It is written:

Romans 10:9-10-that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Is there significance to Jesus being called “Lord?”

Yes there is great significance.

The word “lord” was often used as an informal title. However, several times in the Greek Old Testament, the word “Lord” was another title for God Himself.

“(2) There is a strong connection between the Greek kyrios (“ Lord”) and the OT name for God, YAHWEH, thus: in the Greek translation of the OT (the Septuagint), the Hebrew name YAHWEH is translated as kyrios–over 6,000 times. In light of that, the fact that Jesus is predominantly called kyrios (“ Lord”) in the NT is evidence that He is identified with YAHWEH, and is thus one of the three persons of the Trinity. (Why do we say “predominantly”? Consider this: In Acts, Jesus is called “Savior” twice, and called “Lord” 92 times. In the NT as a whole, Jesus is called “Savior” ten times, and called “Lord” about 700 times [says John MacArthur].)”. (Jack Cottrell, Studies in Romans – Part 2: 26 Lessons for Personal or Group Study, 80 (Kindle Edition); Mason, OH: Christian Restoration Association)

When we acknowledge Jesus is “Lord,” we are affirming our belief that He is not only King-but the Son of God Himself. This confession of faith in Roman 10:9-10 takes place at the time of baptism (as attested by the early Christians). It is just like the confession found in Acts 8:37-“I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

May we always have the courage to confess Jesus as Lord.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen.

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