There Is One Lord (68)
Many brethren, when they come to Ephesians 4:3-6, they disregard the unity, harmony, inclusivity, oneness, interrelation, the correlative meaning of one especially when it comes to “one immersion.” In the previous lesson on “One God – I and the Father Are One” we who believe in the Trinitarian View insist on the unity, harmony, inclusivity meaning of the term “One”. Now we come to “There is one Lord.” Do we mean only one person, Christ Jesus, is the only, sole, singular, exclusive individual who is called Lord? Not one of us will take that position.
Scriptural proofs of unity, harmony, inclusivity, correlative use of the term “One”:
- Deut. 6:4, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.” (NKJV)
- Zech. 14:9b, “On that day the LORD will be one and his name one.” (NKJV)
- Matt. 11:25, “At that time Jesus answered and said, ‘I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise. . .”
- Luke 10:21, “. . . ‘I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise. . .”
- Matt. 22:44a, “The LORD said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool’”?
Question: If Christ is strictly and absolutely and exclusively the only Lord, will you now jettison the Father God as Lord of heaven? __Yes, __No.
Question: Christ called God the Father as Lord, are you going to say that after 61-62 A.D., the Father God, has been eliminated Lord of heaven? __Yes, __No.
Question: Some five years ago, an American preacher told me to jettison my belief on immersion in the Holy Spirit, so I told him that if he jettisons the Father as Lord of heaven, then I will be willing to throw overboard my belief in Immersion in the Holy Spirit. If you take the same position as this alien preacher, are you willing to remove God the Father as Lord of heaven? __Yes, __No. Question: Do you exclude God the Father as Lord of your life? __Yes, __No.
Question: If you don’t eliminate God the Father as Lord of your life, how do you explain that there is one Lord who is Jesus Christ and yet there is a second Lord we read in the NT? ___________
No one is good but One
Observe how our Lord Jesus Christ uses the word “one” in Matt. 19:16-17, “Now behold one came and said to Him, ‘Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?’ So He said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is God. . .”
Are we going to use the word “one” in its exclusive and eliminative meaning? To exclude any person or thing from being called “good”? NO, because in Matt. 25:23, an obedient disciple will be called a “good and faithful servant.” So the usage of the term “one” should be used in its unique and special meaning. Not to eliminate or exclude others that are similarly categorized in the Bible.
Conclusion: We have demonstrated that as regards “one Lord” it is safe to apply the unity, harmony, inclusivity, correlative meaning of the word “one”. “One Lord Jesus Christ” does not mean that Lordship belongs singularly, solely, exclusively to our Lord Jesus Christ. This explanation would save us from inconsistency.