This evening we are going to be looking once more at Ephesians chapter four continuing in our series on things that unite us.
- Ephesians 4:1-6
Paul speaks about the fact that we must endeavor to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.
The word endeavor, from the Greek, Agonizomai means striving, wrestling, an ongoing effort. It is a continuous action, we are continually striving to bring about unity.
It doesn't just happen, we have to make it happen.
Think of the law of thermodynamics, it states that everything is breaking down. The same thing can happen with unity. If we do nothing in regards to unity it can break down too.
Paul speaks about unity and we see this in these verses four through six of Ephesians chapter four.
We see, one body, and one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all.
Today we are going to look at the term, One Lord.
One Lord: The Authority of Jesus
A lord is a ruler, who is sovereign and has rule over his domain.
The Greek word is kyrios, is translated Lord or Master, and sometimes the translation for God. In the Roman empire Caesar had rule over his domain.
When you think of Jesus, you respect the authority of Jesus when you respect his law. Does Jesus' authority include law?
- Galatians 6:2
- James 1:25
- Romans 8:2
We see a contrast between the law of sin and death, and the law that makes us free.
- 2 Corinthians 9:1
Here he is using multiple laws as an example, the law of Moses, and those who were outside the law of Moses. Yet, they weren't outside of all law. And, so all are now under the law of Christ.
Jesus is the lawgiver.
- 1 Timothy 6:13
There is one Potentate, one who has all power and authority. How do we respect the authority of a king? We follow his commandments.
- Matthew 28:18
That word translated power is the Greek word, exousía, has all authority. Jesus has all authority, in Heaven and earth. He is the Potentate, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, He has all authority.
To acknowledge his authority we must obey it.
- Philippians 2:10
To bow to authority we bow to this authority, we obey, and worship him as supreme ruler.
- Matthew 7:21,22
If we don't' believe in the authority of Jesus then we don't' believe in the Lordship of Jesus. Jesus Christ has all authority!
One Lord: The Leadership of Jesus
When we acknowledge his authority we follow his leadership. This goes beyond law and leads into attitude. Leadership is when one will lead through, rather than command through.
Jesus is the King, the only Potentate and Lord of lords, but he is also the Good Shepherd. A shepherd leads. When we acknowledge Jesus as leader we will follow in His steps.
- 1 Peter 2:21
- John 13:15
- 1 John 2:6
Jesus isn't merely an authoritarian, He is a leader who leads.
- Psalm 23:3
- John 10:11
If we don't believe in the leadership of Jesus then we don't believe in the Lordship of Jesus. To believe in the authority of Jesus means to follow His lead. If we don't follow Him we aren't acknowledging His authority.
One Lord: The Sovereignty of Jesus
No other can compare to Him. No one can alter or amend Jesus' will. No man can challenge His sovereignty. No one else has the right to rule. When we acknowledge His sovereignty we will respect the singular nature of His authority.
- Acts 4:12
He and He only is the Savior of the world. There is no other way to the Father except through Him.
- John 14:6
- 1 Corinthians 3:11
- 1 Timothy 2:5
- John 8:24
If we don't believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that He is the one Lord then we will die in our sins. If we don't believe in the authority of Jesus we deny Him, His leadership and sovereignty.
There is no man who can speak outside of His authority, no man can bind where he hasn't bound, or loose where He hasn't loosed. He alone is our Savior and our Lord.
The first century Christians were told they had to acknowledge Caesar as Lord or they would die. They knew that they could only acknowledge one Lord, Christ, thus many willingly went to their death choosing to obey the Lord than to obey Caesar.
What does it mean to you?
Is it the basis of the choices you make each day? Does He have authority over every aspect of your life? We need to ask ourselves, what would Jesus have me to do?
Is Jesus the Lord of your life?
- Jeremiah 10:23
We cannot be lord of our own lives and make it to Heaven. Jesus is leading us to Heaven. When we follow His footsteps, obeying His commandments, we can go to Heaven.
Jesus is Lord of my life when I obey His commands. You must believe that He is the Son of God, and rewarder of all who diligently seeks him. And, you must repent, and have a change of life. You must confess the Lordship of Jesus confessing Him as the Son of God. And be baptized to have your sins washed away. Then live a faithful life, following in the footsteps of the Lord of lords, Jesus the Christ.
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