Day 10 (teaching)

A GENUINE LORDSHIP (cont.)

Continuing with the four requirements described by John for true Lordship we come to…

3. A PROFESSION of the LAW (verse 6)

The phrase “heareth us” and “heareth not us” refers to what is now scripture. A good question to self test with is: Does God’s Word speak to you with authority?

In Acts 10 Peter had a dream where God told him three times to eat animals that were forbidden foods for the Jews. Each time he refused and each time the Lord replied that they were now clean. When he awoke he realized his beliefs and traditions were not in line with God’s will. He immediately closed the gap between himself and the Lord by evangelizing Gentiles. This beautifully illustrates that he trusted God’s Word and Jesus was truly His Lord.

4. AN EXPRESSION of the LOVE (verses 7-21)

Twenty-three times in the next 15 verses we find the word “love.” This is clearly the key word in this portion of John’s writings.

Continuing with Peter as our example in this treatise on Lordship the story of Him fishing with other apostles after the resurrection is fitting. Interestingly it is told by John in his gospel. The Lord appears as a stranger to them on the shore and miraculously fills their nets after they had failed to catch any fish all night, John first realizes that this is Jesus and shares his observation with Peter. Peter decides that since he is naked he should put on his coat and jump into the water. Once the 153 fish were dragged on shore and the Lord feeds the disciples, Jesus begins speaking directly to Peter. Three times Jesus demanded that Peter answer basically the same question, “Do you love me?” The fish, the tools and the way of life represented the selfish life for Peter and Jesus demands to be chosen over such things. Then the Lord points out that choosing him would lead to reaching out and loving others; an expression of love. Wonderfully Peter goes on in Acts 1 to close any revealed space between himself and the Lord.

Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
Naught of this world’s delusive dream;
I have renounced all sinful pleasure;
Jesus is mine, there’s nothing between.

Nothing between, like pride or station;
Self or friends shall not intervene;
Though it may cost me much tribulation,
I am resolved, there’s nothing between.

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