Clinton church of Christ

One Lord…

September 10, 2013

John Allan

Ephesians 4:5 tells us that there is “one Lord.” “Lord” is certainly not a foreign concept in the Scriptures; it appears literally hundreds of times in the pages of the Bible.

At least nineteen (19) Old Testament words have renderings related to “Lord.” In the New Testament there are at least eight (8). The word most frequently rendered “Lord” in the New Testament is used more than 700 times! In this study we are interested in thinking about the significance of there being one Lord; as Ephesians 4:5 rightly states.

 What is a Lord?

“Lord” has been defined as “He to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has the power of deciding.” Additionally, there are occasions when the word appears to be used as a term denoting honor (consider Genesis 23:6).

Sometimes the word “lord” is used in Scripture with a clear reference to mere men (Matthew 20:25; 24:45-51, etc. [Note that depending on your translation those references might say “master” instead of Lord]. In its highest sense, the word “lord” refers to the Godhead, and sometimes to Jesus Christ specifically.

 Why is Jesus the Lord?

The Bible presents several reasons that Jesus is to be considered the Lord. First, Jesus is Lord because he is God. God has always been Lord (Genesis 2:4ff; Deuteronomy 6:4-5). Since Jesus is part of the Godhead (Matthew 28:18-19; John 1:1) it logically follows that he is Lord.

 Second, Jesus is Lord because God the Father said so! In Acts 2:25-31 and again in Acts 2:34-36 the apostle Peter reasoned concerning statements that had been made by David in Psalms. It was clear that David could not have been speaking of himself; but of another. The inspired apostle used these statements from David to demonstrate that the same Jesus the Jews had crucified was indeed the Christ. “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 20:36; NKJV).

Third, Jesus is Lord because he has authority. The general concept of a lord is that he has authority of some sort (Luke 6:46). Jesus has all authority! (Matthew 28:18). Moreover, the words of Jesus are authoritative (John 12:48; 1 Timothy 6:3-5). Jesus commanded the apostles to preach the gospel to the world (Mark 16:15-16). That message has been delivered (Jude 1:3), and it is sinful to deviate from it (Galatians 1:6-9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2). If we are going to be pleasing to God, we must act in keeping with what the Lord has authorized (Colossians 3:17; 2 Thessalonians 3:6, 12).

What Does this Mean for us?

There are, of course, some consequences of the fact that Jesus is Lord. First, since Jesus is Lord we should yield to him in obedience. Some will only pay lip service to the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:21). Others will try to serve the Lord only half-heartedly (Matthew 6:24-25). The Bible teaches we must serve the Lord with the entirety of our being (Matthew 7:21b, 1 Corinthians 16:22, Romans 15:6). After all, Jesus is the only way to the Father (John 14:6, Acts 4:12, 1 Corinthians 15:57, 2 Corinthians 4:14, 1 Thessalonians 5:9, 1 Peter 1:3).

 We should also acknowledge Jesus as Lord in the way that we live. Jesus’ leadership methods are different from how the world usually attempts to lead; but honoring him prompts us to strive to practice the “servant leadership” model that he employed (Matthew 20:25-28, Mark 10:42-45). The will of our Lord should also be kept in mind in the workplace (Ephesians 6:5-9), in the Church (1 Peter 5:1-7, Colossians 3:17) and of course, also in the home (Ephesians 5:22-33).



  1. The Bible plainly teaches that Jesus Christ is Lord.
  2. He has authority, and we are expected to honor that authority.
  3. Jesus is not only the one Lord, he is also the one way to Heaven; if you have not yielded in obedience we urge you to do so without any further delay.



Scripture taken from Holy Bible. New King James Version. Copyright 1982 Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Some editing has occurred to correct a few mistakes that came to light after originally posting these notes.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 at 3:56 pm and is filed under Sermons.

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