Kyrios, Jesus is Lord. Romans 10:9

Romans 10:8-10Amplified Bible

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word [the message, the basis] of faith which we preach— because if you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord [recognizing His power, authority, and majesty as God], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart a person believes [in Christ as Savior] resulting in his justification [that is, being made righteous—being freed of the guilt of sin and made acceptable to God]; and with the mouth he acknowledges and confesses [his faith openly], resulting in and confirming [his] salvation.

The Word of God for the Children of God. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.

The most common name for God in the entire Bible is the Greek word kyrios, which means “Lord.”

Combining its use in the Old Testament (when translated from Hebrew to Greek) and the New Testament (written in Greek), the word kyrios for “Lord” appears an estimated 6000 times.

The word kyrios originally meant “power” or “might,” but over time it came to mean “lord” or “master.”

When the Old Testament was translated from Hebrew to Greek, it used kyrios for “Lord” wherever the words YHWH or Adonai occurred in the Hebrew text.

The Jewish writers of the New Testament, who were likely raised reading Scripture in both Hebrew and Greek, similarly used kyrios whenever they referred to Yahweh and Adonai.

Further, they used kyrios in a radically new way, declaring Jesus also is Lord.

In Romans 10, for example,

Paul uses kyrios in a discussion about Jesus, quoting God’s Prophet Joel 2:32, which states, “Everyone who calls on the name of Yahweh will be saved.”

Paul uses kyrios in this passage to refer to both Jesus and Yahweh as Lord, declaring that both are the one true God.

In this example we see the central teaching of the Bible, built on this single foundational truth: Jesus is Lord!

In the 1st Century both Jews and Gentiles lived under the military might and “fist of iron” rule of the Roman Empire and therefore under the rule of Caesar.

As Rome would conquer different territories they would allow them to keep their gods and religious practices as long as they openly recognized Caesar is, was and always would be their first and foremost and only lord over them.

For the early 1st century Christians to say that all of life in general and their lives specifically are under the lordship of Jesus created a bit of tension.

Although their freely confessed commitment to Jesus often made them better citizens, the Roman government often saw this as subversive and rebellious. 

Christians would not allow Jesus to be just another god on the smorgasbord of Roman an Greek gods, neither would they seek to limit His rule in their lives.

Neither would they walk away or retreat from that confession – publicly or privately – would they retract that confession – even at the risk of their life.

Many are the Christians who have been killed and martyred and continue to be martyr, who have not renounced their faith in their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

“Jesus is Lord” is true Christianity but can look very different than our American brand of Christianity.

American brand of Christianity—we go to a church worship service where everything is decorated nicely (nothing wrong with that), where we do rituals to help us in worship (nothing wrong with that either), where we hopefully have a spiritual encounter with God (definitely a good thing), and then go back to the rest of our daily life until we can get our next dose of Jesus (not OK at all).

Unfortunately, what we have done is successfully moved God to nothing more than an occasional pit stop in the middle of a frantic fast ‘race track’ paced life.

To say “Jesus is Lord” means He invades every single area of our lives—every single circumstance – good, bad, catastrophic – it absolutely all belongs to Him.

Maybe we do not have a pantheon of Roman gods or Greek gods we worship, but we still have our own unique cultural pantheon of “gods,” all competing for our fullest possible attention, for our maximum expressions of absolute allegiance.

Proverbs 8:13Amplified Bible

“The [reverent] fear and worshipful awe of the Lord includes the hatred of evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way,
And the perverted mouth, I hate.

Proverbs 11:2Amplified Bible

When pride comes [boiling up with an arrogant attitude of self-importance], then come dishonor and shame,
But with the humble [the teachable who have been chiseled by trial and who have learned to walk humbly with God] there is wisdom and soundness of mind.

Proverbs 13:10Amplified Bible

Through pride and presumption come nothing but strife,
But [skillful and godly] wisdom is with those who welcome [well-advised] counsel.

Proverbs 16:18Amplified Bible

Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 17:19Amplified Bible

He who loves transgression loves strife and is quarrelsome;
He who [proudly] raises his gate seeks destruction [because of his arrogant pride].

Proverbs 21:4Amplified Bible

Haughty and arrogant eyes and a proud heart,
The lamp of the wicked [their self-centered pride], is sin [in the eyes of God].

Proverbs 21:24Amplified Bible

“Proud,” “Haughty,” “Scoffer,” are his names
Who acts with overbearing and insolent pride.

Proverbs 29:23Amplified Bible

A man’s pride and sense of self-importance will bring him down,
But he who has a humble spirit will obtain honor.

Your Question for the Day – What Is the Real Meaning of “Jesus Is Lord”?

In the New Testament, Lord is the most frequently used title for Jesus Christ.

Although we rarely use this term in our daily lives, we are all quite familiar with another word: boss.

That is basically what Lord means—one possessing authority, power, and control.

The Word of God describes Jesus as the head of the church, the ruler over all creation, and the Lord of lords and King of kings (Col. 1:15-18; Rev. 3:14, 17:14).

Jesus is Lord: Scripture Meaning

Following the resurrection, the term “Lord,” being applied to Jesus, became more than an indication of devotion or respect.

Stating, “Jesus is Lord,” became a way of recognizing Jesus’ divine standing. 

Biblical References of Jesus as Lord started with Thomas’ declaration when Jesus arrived at the apostles after His resurrection:

“Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’” (John 20:28).

From thereafter, the message of the Apostles was that Jesus is Lord, signifying that “Jesus is God.” 

Peter’s bold and powerful sermon on the Day of Pentecost carried that idea:

“Let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah” (Acts 2:36).

Peter later declared this in the house of Cornelius, stating that Jesus is “Lord of all” (Acts 10:36). 

It is important to note that in Romans 10:9 Jesus’ lordship is connected to His resurrection: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

The declaration “Jesus is Lord” indicates that Jesus is God. Jesus holds “all authority in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18).

He is “Lord of the Sabbath” (Luke 6:5); “our only Sovereign and Lord” (Jude 1:4); and “the Lord of lords” (Revelation 17:14).

What Makes Jesus a “Lord”?

The realm of Christ’s reign covers everything that happens in heaven and on the earth. No one—not even those who deny His existence—can be free of His rule or outside His sphere of full, complete and absolute authority.

Although Satan tries to convince us that liberty is found in doing what we want, true freedom is acquired only through submission to Christ’s loving lordship.

Even death cannot release anyone from the authority of God’s Son. He is Lord of both the living and the dead.

All people must eventually decide to either yield to or rebel against Him, but they have the opportunity to make this choice only while they are still living.

After death, they will acknowledge Christ’s lordship through accountability to Him.

If we have not bowed the knee to Jesus in life, we will be forced to bend it in the judgment.

Have you and I genuinely submitted to Christ’s absolute rule over our lives?

The thought of His absolute authority over all life causes anger and fear in individuals are use to being in self-control, who have not yet yielded to Him.

Those who have experienced His loving kindness trusted in His goodness and have willingly “thrown their hands up” and surrendered to His authority take His full measure comfort in knowing Him as the Lord of their whole entire lives.

Right now, in this very exact and even more exacting moment,

Who is fighting for your attention and allegiance?

Who do you say is actually winning the fight for your attention and allegiance?

Can you and I accept that this fight has already been fought and is already won?

Do we dare confess – whether publicly and privately – we know who fought it?

Do we, will we, dare confess – both publicly and privately – who has already won?

1 Corinthians 15:57Amplified Bible

57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory [as conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Surrender your life to him today, worship him! Jesus is your Lord and your God!

In the name of God, the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,

Let us Pray,

Holy and gracious God, You are the greatest of all. You are the Creator and Lord of All. You are full of wonders that no mere human can comprehend. Lord, I seek to understand you and your ways so that I can live according to your commandments. I pray for your divine illumination in my heart and mind. Help me see what you intend for me to see. Help me understand what you intend for me to understand. Open my eyes, my ears, my mouth to see you, hear and speak your whispers. Amen.

Author: Thomas E Meyer Jr

Formerly Homeless Sinner Now, Child of God, Saved by Grace.

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