SUBJ: The Lordship of Christ as a
matter of faith and practice as it is defined by Jesus and understood by
those whose come unto God by Him.
AIM: That we might be found as
those who call Him Lord and are fully submitted to Him, His salvation,
His will, and His purpose.
INTR: Some of what we have read is
quickly recognized in that we have read the same in the Sermon on the
Mount. It is certain that the message of our Lord is consistent in every
1. The scholars disagree as to this occurrence and some regard
it as two accounts of the same event, while others see it as two
2. It is certain that both accounts have much in
common, but there are differences that might cause some to question the
accuracy of the Scripture while, in fact, they complement each other and
the study of both is profitable. We would read Matthew 7:18-29.
The one (Matthew) takes us to the time of final judgment and the
required accounting, while Luke addresses a present reality – the
meaning is the same and the parable cited has the same present impact.
THESIS: To call Jesus Lord is to
acknowledge that it is He to whom we must come, it is He we believe, and
obedience is to be cheerfully rendered.
I. A hard question (v.
1. We are reminded of the words of Jesus to the Jews in Many
therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an
hard saying; who can hear it? John 6:60.
2. It was certain that of
the many disciples following Him at that point that many were caught up
I the miracles and what He might do for them while only given
superficial thought to the idea of full servitude and salvation – the
full impact of repent and believe the Gospel may not have registered.
3. Their actions were inconsistent with their declarations:
word Lord (kurios) means the supreme one in authority, the controller.
2) He is the person so whom a person or thing belongs, about which he
has power of deciding
3) It is a title of honor expressive of respect
and reverence – servants give such to their master
4) This is the
title given to God the Messiah.
4. Their insincerity and disobedience
were well known to Him and He would reveal it to them.
Essentials in seeing Him as Lord (v. 47)
1. Three necessary things:
1) Whosoever cometh to Him with due emphasis given to the fact of
whosoever, but most importantly to see that it is coming to Him.
Repentance toward God will necessitate faith toward our Lord Jesus
Christ and will bring understand that He as Lord only has the power to
save and to keep unto to all eternity – The Son quickens whomsoever He
2) Such in coming hear His sayings and especially, to Love the
Lord thy God and thy neighbor as thyself (the rich young ruler fell
short and went away). They were then and always have been fixed on His
teaching – They take the yoke and they learn of Him (both about and from
Him) – 20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have
heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is
corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; Ephesians 4:20-22.
they do them – obedience is not legal (as a means of salvation) but it
is essential as the demonstration of true salvation before men and God
and it is the confirmation to the believer. Paul would say “Whose I am
and whom I serve.” He was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.
Such a person is anchored in and built upon the Rock of ages.
III. The picture of our attention to our own soul (vv. 48-49)
Where sovereign grace is applied, a living result follows – this is not
about earning salvation; rather it is the attention given to attaining
unto sweet assurance in Christ our Lord.
2. It is interesting to note
the layers of failed civilizations that are unearthed as archaeologists
endeavor to unearth history. The earth covers up the failings of men.
3. When the Spirit of God brings life to an individual, he can no longer
be satisfied with the superficial things of this present world nor the
imaginations of a man’s heart – he must find true substance.
digs down through the shifting sands of his own ideas and the broken
vows of a failed life.
2) He digs on through the soil of worldly
philosophies that have promised and could not deliver.
3) He digs on
through the promises of success and prosperity
4) He finds misplaced
confidence and failure all the way down until
4. He comes to
something that cannot be moved – it is none other than the Rock of Ages,
the Solid Rock of “Jesus Blood and righteousness.” He recognizes that
the Word of the Almighty, the eternal promise, the Son of God Himself is
that foundation and thus real life begins to be built.
5. He rejoices
in the knowledge that no storm or assault of any kind can ever undo that
which is declared as the foundation which is none other than Jesus
6. Such an house (life, soul) endures all this world can
bring against it and it can withstand the judgment to come
7. One so
built upon that foundation will never hear the awful words: “I never
knew you.” Rather it will be “come ye blessed of my father, inherit the
Kingdom prepared for your from the foundation of the world…” Matthew