Who is Lord?

Who is Lord? Knowing the answer to that question is ultimate truth. It is the single, overarching truth for time and eternity. This truth affects the smallest particle of matter as well as the immeasurable, uncharted universe. The answer to this question is also the answer to the origin and ultimate conclusion of time and space. This ultimate truth is inescapable. We may attempt to ignore this ultimate truth for a time, but eventually our lives and eternal destinies are determined by the answer to the question, “Who is Lord?”

Another way to ask the question is, “Who is in control?” “Who is Ruler, Sovereign, Master, Judge, King…?”

In the New Testament, Jesus is called, “Lord” even as Yahweh God is known as “I Am” and “LORD” in the Old. As the Lord, Jesus not only has “absolute power, but is also absolute authority.”[1]

How we react to the person, position, and power of the Lord reveals what we truly believe.

It is not enough to know the answer to this ultimate question, so you can get it right on an academic exam. Correctly answering the question, “Who is Lord?” may gain points on a test but is pointless if this knowledge remains an abstract concept. One may know the answer to “What is gelato?” even though they never have tasted it, and it is of no consequence whatsoever. How we react to the person, position, and power of the Lord reveals what we truly believe. To know the answer to the question, “Who is Lord?” and not seek to submit to this Lord is utter disaster and eternal ruin. It is an unspeakable tragedy.

A great many people know the correct answer to this question and makes no difference to them at all. They may be proud to get this question right when asked and they may be ready to argue with anyone who disagrees with them, but all of this is meaningless unless they believe the answer with such seriousness it determines the everyday course of their lives.

I submit to you this is the greatest question one will ever answer.

Do you truly believe, “Jesus is Lord”?

Have you unconditionally surrendered your life to Him?

Jesus said,

“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. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Mt 7:21–23 (NIV)

Jesus is Lord!




[1] Gerhard Kittel. Gerhard Friedrich, and Geoffrey William Bromiley. Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 1985.

Mark Bordeaux
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Mark's journey began in Jacksonville, Florida when, as a student at Trinity Christian Academy, he heard the Good News that God truly loves people, but we are separated from Him because of our sin. Each of us have not only inherited a propensity to disobey, but have chosen to go our own way, rather than God's way and experience a personal relationship with Him. In his own words... "Although I had been a church member since my childhood, I realized that I knew "about" God, but did not "know" God in a real and personal way. The realization that God loved us and paid the ultimate price for our sin by sending His Son to be our sacrifice on the cross and rise from the dead to rescue us became clear. I also realized that if I did not surrender to God and by faith accept His Son's sacrifice for my sin, I would continue to be alienated from God. Even though I did not know much about the Bible and certainly did not know the evidences for it's accuracy, I knew enough to respond to God. One afternoon after school, I was alone in my home and knelt and prayed to God. I simply asked Him to forgive me of my sin and take me to Heaven when I died. I was truly sorry for being a sinner and sincerely asked Him to save me. When I finished praying and had trusted God to save me it was as though the separation between God and me, that I sensed earlier, was removed. In child-like terms I knew I was not 'in trouble' anymore and that God had forgiven me. In my mind, it was almost as though Jesus had His arms wide-open saying, 'It's alright now!'" As a college student, Mark grew in his commitment to Jesus as he attended Hillcrest Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Regularly hearing the Bible taught and preached as well as being around other young people who loved Jesus helped his commitment deepen. Mark continued to mature in his relationship with God as a member of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida. Not only did he grow in his commitment to Christ while at First Baptist following Christ he met the love of his life, Debbie, who has been his partner in life and ministry ever since. His first experience of introducing someone to a relationship with Jesus by sharing the Good News was at First Baptist. Later, he was invited to preach at the city rescue mission and was amazed when five men professed to receive Christ. The joy of having a part in what God was doing sharpened his focus even more. After graduating with a degree in Broadcast Management in 1980, he chose to serve God in Christian broadcasting. His first job following college was as the program director of a Christian radio station. He began receiving invitations to speak at area churches. Again, people responded to God's invitation of salvation. His call to full-time ministry continued to be confirmed. When he heard that a local church was searching for a youth minister he applied. The church called him to serve and he left broadcasting and began the adventure of full-time ministry. Since beginning as a youth minister he has served as an associate pastor, pastor, and senior pastor. He has been humbled to serve in eight churches in five states over a period of more than 30 years. He earned a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies from Luther Rice Bible College, a master's degree in divinity (with languages) from The Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently in the Doctor of Ministry program at the Billy Graham School of Church Growth and Evangelism at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Additionally, he has made annual trips to the former Soviet Union since 1995 to train Russian and Ukrainian pastors and church planters as well as assist International Mission Board personnel in evangelism and church planting projects. He continues to study Russian and often brings groups to experience international missions first hand. Mark also serves as a Coach-Consultant for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He says, "Encouraging Biblical church health and growth is deeply rewarding. I cannot think of anything that has a greater impact on the world than a united body of believers following the Master and fulfilling His mission." Mark desires to glorify God and further His Kingdom by helping people discover life worth living in Jesus Christ.

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