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“Evidence of the Lordship of Jesus”
1 Corinthians 12:3
Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.
Thoughts for Today:
Paul is saying that anyone who believes that Jesus is Lord -- He died for our sins, rose from the grave, and is God -- can only say these things by the Holy Spirit. If we can say, "Jesus is Lord" in faith, hope and trust, then we can be sure the Spirit is residing and at work within us. And just the opposite is true as well. If someone says, "Jesus be cursed," then you can be absolutely certain the Spirit of God is not present with them. This alone is the greatest verification of the Christian life: the evidence or lack of evidence (by word, thought and deed) of the Lordship of Jesus.
However, just because we can verbalize the word, "Lord," doesn't mean He is in charge of our life. Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 7:21: "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." Making Jesus "Lord" is a conviction of the heart.
Peter said, on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:36): "Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." Therefore, our faith shouldn't stop at the foot of the Cross. That's why there are so many immature Christians. We come to the Cross to be saved, but we aren't to stay there. We are to become united to the Living Christ. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to reveal the Lordship of Jesus and how through Him we have unity with all believers.
Questions to Ponder:
The Holy Spirit commands the soul's obedience and allegiance to Jesus. Jesus asked His disciples in Matthew 16:15b: "Who do you say I am?" He still asks us individually that same question today. What is your answer? The only "correct" answer is Peter's response: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Is "Jesus is Lord" your answer as well? What is the evidence?
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Pocket Devotions are written by Mike Brooks. A retired businessman, he is Moderator of South Shores church, leads the Deacon Board, serves on the finance committee, and he teaches a Men's Bible study and the Men's Ministry. Mike has a passion for evangelical missions. He is the husband of Sherry; the father of Ryan, Natalie, Krissy, Rebecca, and Amanda; the father-in-law of Ariel; and the grandfather of Conner and Christian.