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Sunday, June 12, 2016

"Lordship" by Sergio Arguello


Acts 2:36-41
36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
We all want Jesus to be our Savior and many accept Him as such, everyone wants to go to heaven.  How many people actually submit their life and will to Jesus as their Lord?  We are all called to surrender willingly and knowingly to the lordship of Jesus if we are to be saved, it is not something we grow to attain or mature into.  
As we study out the scriptures think of your relationship with God and where you stand on this issue of Lordship.

Lord of all or not at all

Luke 14:31-33   
31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.
·     Surrendering to the lordship of Jesus is a decision we make before salvation.
·     One can only be a disciple of Jesus, a Christian, by making the decision to surrender everything to Jesus as Lord, everything!  (ex: a spouse will not marry you unless you commit to them exclusively for life)
·     Salvation is not retroactive.  You don’t become a Christian and then make Jesus Lord as you grow.  You are to make Jesus Lord by willingly giving everything up or you cannot be a disciple of Jesus.

Jesus is Lord

Whether we choose to accept that by following in our hearts and actions is up to us.  What are the alternatives of not accepting Jesus as Lord.

Romans 10:1-21 

  • ·     Vs. 1-2  Paul’s prayer and desire was for the Israelites to be saved, but their zeal was not based on knowledge (scriptures pointed to Jesus).  Our zeal must be based on God’s knowledge (scripture).
  • ·     Vs. 3-4  They did not submit to God’s righteousness by making Jesus Lord, but sought and expected a humanly Kingdom thus deciding to be lord of their own lives.  God’s plan was not what they expected and most went their own way.   This is still the case with the religious world today.  Often people are Sunday and Wednesday “Christians” (part-time), but Jesus is not Lord of all  (Not true Christianity). If the Jesus of the Bible is different than what you thought, learned or grew up with, will you still accept Him as Lord?
  • ·     God’s plan may not be what you expected or what you have learned traditionally.   Will you submit to Jesus as Lord?  Will you submit your will and life to God’s righteousness and the scriptures?
  • ·     vs. 8-10  Confessing or professing “Jesus is Lord” is the pathway to salvation because it commits you completely (surrendering your will) to Jesus and His plans for your life.  When Jesus is “your” Lord you willingly embrace the scriptures and His will.
  • ·     Verses 14-21 show that some Israelites would not accept Jesus as Lord and refused to be saved.  Their issue was not baptism, which is prescribed for salvation (1 Peter 3:21, Acts 2:38-47), their issue was that they would not have Jesus be their King or Lord (true repentance).  The Israelites wanted a physical Kingdom, so they resented and rejected Jesus; Jesus came to establish a spiritual Kingdom, which He calls us to be part of. 

The Issue of Integrity

Matthew 5:33-37
33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ 34 But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.[a]

James 5:12 
12 Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.

·     Professing or confessing “Jesus is Lord” is more than a mere statement—It was a verbal agreement that was as good as a written contract, like saying “I Do” in marriage.  We are to live it out for the rest of our lives.  “Jesus is Lord” is a lifestyle, it is discipleship.  There can be no repentance without Jesus being Lord of our lives. We are to be people of our word.  Have integrity.   Let your “yes” be “yes” and never go back on your word—it will mean condemnation.

Loving Jesus More Than Anyone or Anything

John 14:15
15 “If you love me, keep my commands.

Matthew 10:37  
37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

·     Love Jesus more than anyone, anything, and even any fellowship.

Lordship Brings Salvation

Disciples of Jesus receive it (they don’t earn it, they receive it)

Matthew 28:18-20
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

·     Jesus, with all authority given to Him, commissions His disciples to make disciples of all nations, telling them to baptize those that have been made disciples, those that are committing to submission to Jesus.  Baptize those who have decided to accept Jesus as Lord.  Point of salvation (1 Peter 3:21)
·     Paul’s conversion—Acts 22:14-16 (confession and baptism / full commitment to Lordship of Jesus)
Then Jesus says to teach them everything He has commanded (they have committed to following).  Relationships with the purpose to help each other mature (discipling) are necessary to help us do this.

Willing to Be Adequately Taught

Acts 18:24-28     (Apollos accepts instruction on Jesus) also see Acts 19
24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor[a] and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
27 When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. 28 For he vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.

·     Many people love God and yet do not know the way of God as adequately as they need to.
·     Apollos was taught the way of God more adequately and was used by God in a powerful way.
·     Took great humility on Apollos’ part, Apollos set his “self” aside and submitted to the Lordship of Jesus.
·     Apollos had been a “Lone Ranger” for God, now he joined Jesus’ disciples in the work to save others.

Closing Questions:

  • Can you be saved if you don’t submit to Jesus as Lord of all in your life, willingly and knowingly?
  • Do you have a clear memory of the moment when you decided to accept Jesus as Lord of your life and practically started living it out?  Did you do it as the scriptures say?  Is your zeal based on true knowledge?
  • If you have not done so, are you willing to put your “self” and your will aside and submit to Jesus’ Lordship?
  • Are you zealous for God and want to be used by Him to have an impact?

  • Be willing to be taught the way of God more adequately to see how you can make Jesus Lord (surrender every area of your life to Him).
  • Don’t be a “Lone Ranger” for God; it is foolish to try to be a disciple of Jesus where there is possibly none.
  • Like Apollos, join in with disciples of Jesus to help others be saved for the glory of God.
  • Jesus must be Lord when you get baptized.
  • Deal with this spiritual issue, don’t avoid it or run from it, don’t make excuses to not make a decision on this issue of Lordship.

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