2006-09-22 - Basic Beliefs Series
Part 5 - Based on the Apostle's Creed ~ Our Lord
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(I believe in God the Father, Maker of Heaven and Earth) ...."and in Jesus Christ, His only Son and our Lord."
Continuing in searching out the Biblical reasons for our basic beliefs, the book of John teaches us that Jesus is God's "only begotten Son."
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Miriam-Webster's Online Dictionary defines "begotten" as procreated. While anyone who believe in Christ as Savior is God's child, Christ Jesus has a special relationship with God - for He was born - not of a natural man but of the Holy Spirit.
Moving on to the second part of the phrase:
There are 309 references to Jesus as Lord - in the Epistles alone. What does the word Lord mean - and what should it mean in our everyday lives?
Two translations of the word "Lord" as applied to Jesus (kurios) are "Master" and "Owner." So if Jesus is to be our Lord - that means He owns us. He owns our relationships. He owns our careers. He owns our "possessions." He owns our very lives.
All relationships, careers, everything we "own" or do - should all be devoted to His glory and purposes.
As God's word says, we were "bought with a price-" and we belong fully to Christ. Does that show in the way you treat your wife? The way you treat your children, your mother or your coworkers? Do you do your work to the glory of God - or just what you can to get by? If someone sees you driving - do they know that you and your car belong to Christ?
I challenge you today (or tomorrow, if you read this at night) to think about this throughout a day. I would love to hear from you. How do we measure up?
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