|1 Corinthians 12:3 |
3 Therefore I give you to understand, that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed; and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Spirit.1 [To call Jesus, "Lord" or to say "Jesus is the Lord" does not make him your Lord and Master, whom you serve. You serve whom you obey: you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? Rom 6:16. Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. John 8:34. Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?...But the person who hears and does not put my words into practice is like a man who built a house upon the ground without a foundation; against which the torrent struck violently, and immediately it collapsed; and the ruin of that house was great." Luke 6:46-49.]
1 The false prophets tell you that anyone who says the words "Jesus is Lord" is controlled by the Holy Spirit.
But Jesus contradicts that interpretation, saying: Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do [practice, obey] what I tell you? Luke 6:46
and: Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven,
but he who does the will of My Father in heaven... Depart from me you who practice lawlessness. Mat 7:21-22
So, what is the true meaning of: no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit?
It means, no one can say that Jesus is their Lord, controlling their words and deeds as Lord and Master, without the Holy Spirit being in control of them.
Unless the Holy Spirit controls your words and deeds, Jesus is not your Lord. Unless you obey him, he is not your Lord.
If Jesus is your Lord, then you obey him; you seek his guidance, you seek his teachings, you seek his commands to you,
you come to him, you listen to him, and then you faithfully obey him.
Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people.
And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you. Jer 3:23
Even Adolph Hitler said Jesus his Lord and Savior, but that certainly did nothing for him.
Saying the words, Jesus is Lord, is no indication of you being controlled by the Holy Spirit, or of your salvation.
Jesus said, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:
‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. Mark 7:6.
To call God, "God" does not make him your God, whom you serve. To call Jesus, "Lord" does not make him you Lord and Master, whom you serve. You serve whom you obey: you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? Rom 6:16. Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. John 8:34. If you live in sin, regardless of what your lips say, your conduct denies him as your Lord and Master.
George Fox perfectly stated it in his Journal: "For none can call Jesus Lord but by the Holy Ghost; and all who call Christ Lord without the Holy Ghost, take his name in vain." Whoever calls him Lord, when not controlled by the Holy Spirit in word and conduct, takes the name of the Lord in vain. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. Exo 20:7.