Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’? (Luke 6:46)

“Paul, I’m a Christian. I’m worried about that Jesus might reject me even though I call him Lord. Am I doing enough to be saved?”

Are you referring to this scripture: “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).

“That’s the one. It terrifies me.”

Let me ask you: who is Jesus talking about? Who are the people who call him ‘Lord, Lord’ but don’t do what he says?

“It’s those who don’t obey him.”

What do you mean by obey?

“We’ve got to keep the commands of God.”

Which ones? The Bible is full of commands.

“All of them.”

Well, you’re going to have a problem because nobody ever kept all the commands except Jesus. The bad news is you can’t keep the commands. The good news is Jesus died to free us from the unbearable yoke of the law. We are no longer under law, but grace.

“But Jesus says the one who hears but does not do is like a man building with no foundation (Luke 6:49). Of course, there is something we must do.”

And what is it?

“We must do everything Jesus said.”

And have you? When your hand led you to sin, did you chop it off? When your eye looked at porn, did you gouge it out?

“Well, no. But Jesus didn’t really mean that…”

Uh-huh. So you pick and choose what you obey. The easy commands you keep, and the hard ones you dismiss.

“Well what do you think Jesus meant when he said we must we must do what he said?”

You want me to tell you the only work that God accepts? “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29). What does Jesus want you to do? He wants you to quit trusting in yourself and trust in him. He wants you to stop relying on your imperfect performance and rest in his perfect work.

“What about the house on the rock?”

The one who hears about Jesus but does not trust him has no foundation. His life is built on sand instead of the solid Rock. When troubles come, he falls because his foundation is himself.

“So Jesus is talking about sinners.”

He’s talking about people who call him “Lord, Lord.” He’s talking about religious people who do good works and talk about God but they don’t actually know him.

“Say what?”

Whenever Jesus used the phrase “Lord, lord,” he was talking about people who don’t know him. They may claim to prophesy and cast out demons, but Jesus calls them evildoers. They may be busy working for the Lord but it’s all dead works because they haven’t done the one thing that matters.

“Which is what?”

They haven’t received from him.

“So that’s it? We just have to receive? It can’t be that simple.”

Receiving from the Lord is both easy and hard. It’s easy because all you have to do is receive. You don’t have to produce or perform or prove yourself. But it’s also hard because the flesh is determined to produce, perform, and prove itself. This is why we are repeatedly exhorted to put off the old and walk in the new.

“I dunno. I believe God put me on this earth to do good works. Didn’t Jesus say in John 5 that those who’ve done good will rise on the last day and those who’ve done evil will be condemned?”

So how many good works do you think you must do to be resurrected?

“Um, er… I never thought about it like that.”

Doing good, as God defines it, is believing Jesus. It’s allowing the love of God revealed in Jesus to influence all we do. When you know that the Maker of heaven and earth is for you and that he loves with boundless love, it gives you wings. You take risks and do great things because his creative Spirit empowers you.

“Do what I say,” is not a threat. It’s an invitation to abundant living. It’s the divine call to the life you were made for.

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17 Comments on Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’? (Luke 6:46)

  1. JAMES DRIVER // May 16, 2019 at 2:21 am // Reply

    There is no other foundation which has already been laid…Jesus Christ. I Cor. You pit your trust in Him you have built your house on the rock.

  2. downunderwriterdavid // May 16, 2019 at 2:35 am // Reply

    Hi Paul Just a comment on your take on abomination of desolation in your book AD70…

  3. Thanks Paul. The last article is excellent, just as the rest
    Stephen

  4. There’s a little more too that. You generalized the people in the parable. You think they could die, look at the Lord, then lie about the acts they did? No, they healed the sick, they cast out demons, they raised the dead. Things few of us ever see in this day. Where did that ability come from? Was that from themselves? Of course not. So they received these gifts from the Lord.

    Can an unsaved person receive a gift from the Lord? He pours out rain on the righteouse and unrighteous. But there’s a line here and I haven’t figured out where to put it. People can know of God, believe in His power at least, and even receive power from Him ( Judas went out to heal the sick just like the rest of the disciples ), but in the end not be saved. Were they not saved all along or did they lose it.

    Either way, their focus was wrong. They weren’t reliant upon the Lord but in what the Lord gave. They thought they were good for the works they did like you have said and not for grace itself.

  5. Another proper and right interpretation of the words of the Lord. Good news always encourages, give peace, and security if interpreted rightly. Thanks Paul.

  6. Not enough attention is paid by leadership & the Body of Messiah at large with respect to AP Pauls’ words – when he said, the things I do that I do not want to do & the things I want to do that I do not do… Those who have responded in the affirmative to The Almighty’s call (invitation) to come out of Darkness (the world) & in to the Light of his Kingdom – they have entered & seen that Kingdom; it is they that by their new nature – are being changed in to the character of Jesus for the sake of The Almighty’s purposes on Earth.

    When the Saints sin & at times they do – are they not sinning by the same thing that was affecting the AP Paul? The reality of the flesh of humanity is not removed – at the point in which we are adopted in to The Almighty’s Kingdom. The Saints, unlike those who are in the world called, Darkness – the Saints have an Advocate in the person of Jesus the Anointed One (Messiah) when they sin… go to him, talk with him. He will not make you feel as though you have to measure up to a standard you cannot keep.

    Is not incumbent on the Saints to recognize that the word, ‘lord’ was used in the culture of Jesus’ day on Earth to address those that the everyday man understood as a term of respect for those who were seen as authority figures? The Saints would be wise to know they are being made in to the character of Jesus; in their journey through their remaining time, in time & space. Seeing Jesus as Lord would be better changed to – see him as your Brother & friend; if you truly are born-again, a true Follower of Jesus.

  7. Thank you for what you do, Paul. It is so rare to hear teaching that is not even a little bit tainted by an old covenant mindset. I need to be reminded of this. Even though my mind has been partially renewed I still find myself slipping backwards sometimes. And the deception is so insidious because it is couched in things that appear to be good, but don’t really produce fruit.

    I am praying that God blesses and encourages you. Your ministry is vital.

  8. Sorry flesh, that’s it, just receive. Like a a branch receives from the Vine.

  9. Thank you Paul. This is a beautiful, helpful and true conversation. Thank you for again speaking the Good News so clearly!

  10. Roy Larson // May 16, 2019 at 12:45 pm // Reply

    Simple, and, simply right.
    Our risk is little when the creative Spirit empowers us.
    Thank you Paul!

  11. Thanks, Paul. I love how God reiterates the messages we most need to hear. A devotional I was sent today also included John 12:47-48 where Jesus said, “If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.”

  12. Regarding the topic of those who say “Lord, Lord…”, Jesus said in Matthew 7:21 that only those who DO THE WILL of God will enter Heaven.

    Jesus tells us what is God’s will in John 6:40.
    “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and BELIEVES IN HIM may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

    Those who believe in Jesus are doing God’s will, and thus will enter into Heaven.

    • I agree Harold! That’s how simple it is… believe, (trust, have faith) in Jesus. This is the first and ongoing grace work we are meant to do for the purpose of completing the good fight of faith, while here on earth. All other grace works flow on from this or else they are not by grace through faith.

  13. Rhonda Ludemann // May 20, 2019 at 2:49 am // Reply

    I am continually stunned by the new and wonderful teachings you have. This particular message seems to be so timely as the body of Christ seems to keep going back and forth about law and grace when new topics on the scriptures come up. This teaching answers so many questions for those who wonder, and they are awesome confirmation to me. I love how you stay so true-to-form by letting the Bible interpret itself through the story of Mary and Martha. It is absolutely powerful before those who would think to resist a teaching like this; especially in the light of knowing we are only accepted by God because of Jesus and not by our own weak, human efforts only trying to perform perfectly. Some still do not understand the Lord’s wondrous grace and truth! We know God’s Word is spiritually discerned. Christians who are truly spiritual, can recognize the Spirit’s revealing of this teaching very clearly!

  14. The interpretation I get from Lord;Lord is:
    Father and Son see the inside or each and every person, and Father judges righteously, perfectly, knowing the motive of each person.

    We see the outer, as God sees the inner, and so I see therefore change from unbelief to belief in what is done once for us all in Son that is risen. Where new life in each one in belief begins as told in Philippians 1:6 Eph 1:13, 1:6-7
    Col. 1:21-23
    To rest in this truth is not taking it for granted, as the works of each of us is revealed or will be and not for to be prideful as if better than others.
    Thanks Paul a good understanding of what is done for us to get new life risen in us from Father who knows motive, so will reveal as needed to each one in belief seriously or not

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