Lord (Master) is a title that signifies Jesus the Messiah’s absolute authority and the basis on which people may know him. It is especially associated with his resurrection and return.
Why this is important: Jesus is the anointed Messiah, the King of God’s country. We know Jesus wants us to be slaves. That is clear.
If there are slaves then there is a … Now there’s a corresponding word to slave that needs mention as well, and that is the word “master”.
So here is a fundamental question: “What is the foundational reality that defines what it means to be a disciple? What is the fundamental reality that distinguishes the believer’s relationship to Jesus? What is our great confession in three words?” Jesus is Lord (Master).
In fact, if you want to be delivered (saved), Romans 10:9 and 10 says, “You confess Jesus as Lord (Master).” Kuriosis the corresponding word to doulos. Kurios is a title and means “master.” Doulos is “slave.” You can no more eliminate doulos from the believer’s relationship to the Master than you could eliminate kurios.
We hear a lot about the issue of the Lordship of the Messiah to try to help people who think you can become a disciple without acknowledging Jesus as Lord (Master), which is an impossible thing. Nonetheless it’s advocated.
And the simple answer to that is this. If He is Lord, which is to say He is Master, then I am His slave. There’s no such thing as a master with no slaves or a slave with no master. And 1 Corinthians 12:3 says, “We call Jesus Master (Lord) by the Spirit of God.”
Jesus the Messiah is ruler over all! Jesus is the Master of masters. Jesus is in charge of those who are in charge. Think about it!
- Revelation 17:14 — “These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Master of masters and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”
- Deuteronomy 10:17 — “For the Master your God is the God of gods and the Master of masters, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe.
- Revelation 19:16 — And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND MASTER OF MASTERS.”