The Gospel is through His grace – Part 2 –

Galatians 1:3-5…Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,

The source of grace and peace is both the Father and the Son [Lord Jesus Christ] showing us their equality. Lord Jesus Christ“Lord”, His authority as the Son of God, [see below] “Jesus” A Savior, and “Christ” Messiah B   I have been meditating and studying these names for several months.

Wuest said “Lord C (Master, Owner) signifies that one is supreme, sovereign and possesses absolute authority, absolute ownership, and uncontested power. Jesus is referred to as Lord (Kurios) more frequently than by any other title. Lord is not merely a name that composes a title but signifies a call to action so that every saint should willingly, reverently bow down to Jesus Christ. If Christ is our Lord, we are to live under Him, consciously, continually submitting our wills to him as His loyal, loving servants, always seeking first His Kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

In the Old Testament Hebrew “Yehovah” occurs 6,825 times in 5,788 verses and is translated as Lord. kyrios” translated Lord appears in the New Testament Greek 786 times. We all need to ask ourselves “Is Jesus, my Lord?” None of us have “arrived” in this area of Jesus as Lord of our lives. And it is for that reason that Peter commands us to continually “grow in the grace (unmerited favor, the power to live the supernatural, abundant life in Jesus) and knowledge (not just intellectual but transformational knowledge) of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18)  Don’t be discouraged or quite but follow Paul’s exampleI press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” (Philippians 3:14 NLT) A  For more on the “Name” of Jesus. D

Is Jesus my Lord? Do I surrender my will to His will as I begin each day? (Romans 12:1-2 HCSB)

Footnotes: A- Jesus Source; B- Christ, Messiah Source; C- Lord, Wuest with my modifications Source;

D- “The “Name” of Jesus.  The expression the “Name” of Jesus is frequent and highly significant in New Testament usage in that it parallels the use of the name of God in the Old Testament. The early Christians had no difficulty substituting the name of Jesus for the name of God. Indeed, for them, the divine name, YHWH -Yehovah Lord, was given to Jesus, that every knee should bow to him and every tongue confesses that he is Lord (Isaiah 45:22-23, Philippians 2:9-11). New Testament believers are to live their lives in Jesus’ name just as the Old Testament believers were to live in the name of God the Lord.

People who hear the gospel and respond positively, call upon Jesus’ name for salvation (Acts 2:21), put their faith in Jesus’ name (John 1:12; 1 John 5:13), are justified (1 Corinthians 6:11) and forgiven in Jesus’ name (Acts 10:43; 1 John 2:12). Having then, life in his name (John 20:31), believers are to glorify the name of Jesus (2 Thessalonians 1:12), give thanks for and do everything in the name of Jesus (Ephesians  5:20; Colossians 3:17) and [have peace with God at salvation and then peace of God in the name of Jesus; Romans 5:1 & Philippians 4:4-7, HCL added] . Just as in the Old Testament where “the Name” of God represents the person of God and all that he is, so in the New Testament “the Name” represents all who Jesus is as Lord and Savior. Leslie R. Keylock” Source: Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology  Jesus Iesous appears 914 times in 875 verses in the Greek NT. Christ Christos appears 569 times in Greek.

Henry Luke

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple others click here.

 

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