THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date - 8-17-03
LESSON TITLE: THE SEVEN ONE’S OF UNITY: “THE ONE LORD”
Greetings to all in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Let me thank each of you for joining us this morning - welcome to the program. Today we have the privilege to once again assemble before the throne of God. In this time of worship we will have the opportunity to sing songs of praise and to study from His Word. May we each do our part in praising God according to His Will, as we make these sacrifices and offering toward His Throne. Now as we begin talking to our God, will you bow with me in prayer!
It’s now time to start our songs of praise. We want to begin by singing a hymn that tells us a lot about our Savior and how He is ever there for us and ready to help. So, let’s join in with the congregation at this time as we sing this hymn that reminds us how much our Jesus cares, the name of the song, “Softly and Tenderly!”
(SONG # 1)
Most of us are quick to condemn others and to point the finger at someone else. However, if we seriously considered our own lives we would probably find that we need to be working on more of our own problems, rather than focusing on others.
In the Bible this very topic is dealt with a lot. Jesus talked about our need to take care of our own problems first, as we read in Matthew 7. In fact He begins this chapter by reminding us that we should not judge others for ourselves. And why, because God is the judge. Then He goes on in verses 3-5 to say, “And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.” You see we need to get our own house in order before we begin helping others with their issues and problems.
Another verse which deals with this is found in John 8:7. In this example we find others dragging a prostitute before the Lord. The Pharisees boldly stormed in the temple and brought this lady before Christ, striving to trick Him or to belittle Him before those He was teaching. The outcome to the story is amazing, because Christ proclaimed to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” Guess what, within minutes there was no one left but the woman. What was Jesus doing here? Was He condoning her actions or accepting her in her present state? Certainly not! He was taking the time and showing the love necessary to give one the opportunity to repent and to respond to the Love of God. Jesus gave her a second chance and told her to “go and sin no more.”
Wow, what a great example that reminds me so much of how quick we are to blame someone else. Or to try and amplify the sins of others to make ours look less significant.
The reality is, yes we need to help each other and bear each others burdens. The Bible tells us to help the weaker and to let our brethren know when they are doing wrong. But the same book also says, get your own things in order before you have a right to focus on and help everyone else. How do you treat your fellow man who is guilty of sin like we are? We better learn to respond like Christ did and as He commanded us to!
In just a few minutes it will be time to begin our main study of the day. This morning we have brother Kevin Patterson with us, to lead us in God’s Word. Brother Kevin is the minister for the Bolivar Church of Christ in Bolivar, Missouri. As always we are glad he could be with us and we look forward to his presentation of God’s saving message.
As far as our study, we will be continuing our series entitled, “The Seven One’s of Unity.” Our specific lesson of the morning will deal with, “The One Lord.” So please stay with us and after our next song, brother Patterson will be leading us in this important study from God’s Word. Now let’s again join in song together, as we sing the hymn, “Victory in Jesus!”
(SONG # 2)
Speaker: Kevin Patterson
Good morning and thank you for staying with us. Two weeks ago, we began a series of lessons entitled “The Seven One’s of Unity.” This theme comes from the apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus in Ephesians chapter 4 and verses 4 through 6 which read, “There is one body and one spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” Thus far, we have examined the one body which is the one church of the New Testament which was mentioned in verse 4 and in verse 6 we talked about last week the one Father who is one of the three persons of the Godhead. This week, we’re going to take a look at another one of those persons within the tri-union of God and that is the one Lord that is mentioned in verse 5.
First of all, let us talk about how God views His Will upon mankind. Many people believe that God is very broad and accepting of His Will toward mankind. In other words, they think that God has many plans or many different ways of doing things and so therefore whatever they do, as long as they claim that it is done in the name of God, then it must be okay. That is very, very far from the truth. I’ve had many people come up to me over the years and say things to me like, “Kevin, we’re all part of the same wheel. We’re just different spokes on that wheel.” Or maybe they’ve said, “Kevin, we’re all part of the same pie. We’re just different pieces of the pie.” I’ve even had one person say to me, “We’re all going to the same place. We’re just going there in different ways.” This is very far and contradicts the teachings of the Bible.
In Ephesians chapter 4, the passage that we mentioned just a moment ago, there are seven things that are mentioned in those three verses about which the Bible says there is one. One Lord. One faith. One baptism. One hope. One spirit. One body. One God the Father. In other passages of scripture we see the same message being portrayed.
1 Corinthians chapter 1 and verse 10 teaches that the body of Christ cannot be divided. In other words, we are to be united in the things that we think and say and do. Paul writes, “Now I exhort you brethren by the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.
In Matthew chapter 7, verses 13 and 14, Jesus lays out two ways that we can travel in this life. One way that leads to destruction. One way that leads to eternal life. You can choose which of those two paths that you can travel, but there is only going to be one way that will lead to heaven.
In Matthew chapter 16 and verse 18, Jesus talks about how He is going to establish His church, the one church that is described in the New Testament.
In Matthew chapter 23, verse 9 Jesus says, “Do not call anyone on earth your Father, for one is your Father, He who is in heaven.”
Many people in our world talk about religious men and preachers and other people like that. They use the term “father” to describe these people. But Jesus says, “Don’t call any man in a spiritual or a religious sense your father because there is only one Father and He is your Father in heaven.”
In John chapter 14 and verse 6, the single-mindedness of God continues when Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.”
Jesus says three things. First of all, He says, “I am the way.” There is no other way but through Jesus Christ. He also says that He is the truth. There is no other truth but the truth that He represents. And He is also the life. There is life in no one else other than Jesus Christ. That’s why He says there is no way to the Father but through Him. So therefore, that is why we want to take a look this morning at what Jesus means when He says, “The one Lord,” in Ephesians 4 and verse 5.
First of all, we ask the question, “What is a Lord?” I looked up in New Unger’s Bible Dictionary the definition of the word “Lord” and part of that definition reads, “He to whom a person or thing belongs, the master, the one having disposition of men or property.” The term is also a title of honor sometimes rendered “sir” and is expressive of the respect and reverence with which servants salute their master. This is a good definition for us to take a look at when describing the word “Lord,” the word “Master.” When we think about a master, a master may have many slaves but we understand those slaves, though they may be many, only have one master. This is the sentiment that Jesus taught in Matthew chapter 6 and verse 24 when He said, “No one can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one and love the other or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. That’s why Paul writes that there is one Lord, because there can only be one master in our lives. There may be many of us who are slaves to righteousness, those who have decided to give our lives over to God and follow in His service, but we can only have one master. When we try to divide our interests between God and entertainment, God and power, God and pleasure, God and money, the Bible teaches us that it just will not work.
So who is the Lord? Who is our master? If you take a look at the Bible as a whole, God in general is Lord. For instance, we read once again in that dictionary definition of Lord, it is also given this definition. ‘This title is given to God, the ruler of the universe.”
In Genesis chapter 15, verse 2 Abram called God “Lord.” So we see that God in general is Lord but also the Father about whom we studied last week in particular is described as Lord.
In Matthew chapter 11, verse 25 Jesus talking to the Father said, “I praise you Father, Lord of heaven and earth.”
So Jesus, as a man who humbled Himself and humbled Himself to the service of the Father, called the Father “Lord.”
But when we get to the New Testament and we see the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, when we see His ministry on the earth and His ministry after He had already ascended into heaven through the work of the apostles and other New Testament Christians, we see most of the time Jesus Christ being referred to as Lord. Once again, going back to New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, the definition is given to Jesus as “Lord” in this way. “The title is also applied to Jesus as the Messiah since by His death, He acquired a special ownership of mankind.”
Do you remember when Jesus had been buried in the tomb and yet He arose? There were some who went looking for Him. In Luke chapter 24, verses 1-3 when they came to the tomb where the stone had been rolled away, we read that “they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” So we see in this passage and passages like Mark 16 and verse 19 that the Bible describes Jesus as “Lord.” But we also see the disciples and other apostles describing Jesus as Lord. In Luke chapter 11, verse 1-4, one of the disciples ask Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” In Romans chapter 7, verse 25, the apostle Paul describes Jesus as Lord when He says, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord, or our Master,” Paul acknowledging his servitude to Christ. In Romans chapter 15, verses 5 & 6 we read this passage of scripture, “Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The people in the New Testament also called Christ Lord. Many of the Jews and even those who were not Jews often referred to Jesus as Lord. In Matthew chapter 8 beginning in verse 5, Jesus entered into Capernaum and a Centurian came to Him emploring Him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home fearfully tormented.”
But one passage that I want to share with you that is especially important is when Jesus Himself called Himself Lord. In John chapter 13 and verses 3-17 you see the entire text of Jesus washing His disciple’s feet, showing them how to be a servant. In verse 13, He says to Peter in particular, “You call me teacher and Lord, and you are right for so I am. If then the Lord and the teacher washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” He goes on to say in verse 16, “Truly, truly I say to you a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him.”
Why then is Jesus Lord? In our time remaining let us say very quickly it is very simple, because Jesus is God. Now this is a very difficult concept for many people to understand. But I want to take you back to Genesis chapter 1, verse 26, the very creation of the universe and the creation of the world in those 6 days and how God said in verse 26, “Let us make man in our image according to our likeness.” Many people say, “Well, who is the us that we are talking about here?” Well it is the one God of the Bible, the one God who is composed of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
In Luke chapter 3, verses 21 -22 we see these three individuals in distinct form when Jesus was baptized. It’s in verse 21, “When all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized and while He was praying, heaven was open and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove and a voice came out of heaven saying, ’you are my beloved son, in you I am well pleased.’”
Jesus, according to Philippians chapter 2, verses 1-11 didn’t consider equality with God something to be grasped, but He humbled Himself and took on the form of a servant and became obedient to the Father’s Will even to the point that it cost Him His life on the cross.
John chapter 1 and verse 1 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”
In chapter 4 and verse 14 of that same chapter, we read that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we saw His glory. Glory is of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth.”
If Jesus is Lord, then we must obey Him. We must obey His commands.
In Luke chapter 6, verse 46, Jesus asked us a question, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not do what I say?”
Matthew chapter 7, verse 21 tells us that not everyone who says to me “Lord, Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the Will of my Father who is in heaven.”
Jesus said, “If you’re going to follow me, if you’re going to be my servant, then you must obey my will. It is not enough to simply say, ‘Lord, you are my master,’ but rather it is only going to be minimally enough that we obey the very will of Jesus who was sent by the Father in heaven.
This morning I want to encourage you to make Jesus the one Lord of your life and in doing so serve all of His commands and His Will.
(SONG # 3 - “Just As I Am!”)
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How wonderful it is to know that our Father gave His only begotten Son to be our One Lord! May we always thank God for this precious eternal blessing, and show our true thankfulness through our daily obedience.