“Wherefore I give unto you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.” (1 Corinthians 12:3)
Let us imagine meeting the President of the United States and Queen Elizabeth or introducing your child to a new person.
Would you address the President as Barack or Barry? When meeting the Queen, would you address her as Liz?
You would not use the first name. Protocal is Mr. President and Your Highness.
With that being said, why do Christians address the Son of God as Jesus? As you read the Scriptures you will find His enemies calling Him Jesus. You will find demons calling Him Jesus, but what you will not find in the Inspired Scriptures is His disciples calling Him Jesus. They addressed Him as Lord. He even states in John 13:13 “Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.”
In the Scriptures He is called Jesus, but remember, It is the Holy Spirit that is narrating the Gospels. He, the Holy Spirit, may call Him such ,yet You and I should not.
In the epistles, once and a while an apostle will use His Name, Jesus. This is to draw attention to His Human nature.
Think about it….when one meets a new person, one will address them as ‘Mr.’ or ‘Mrs.’ So a stranger warrants a title but our Lord does not?
To call Him Lord is an honour and a privilege. As our Scripture text teaches us: no man can call Him Lord but by the Holy Ghost.
This is a litmus test: Do you call Him Lord?
Thinking back to a previous posting on bad preachers, we can add another mark or red flag. If a preacher calls out to sinners and asks them to “accept Jesus as Saviour” and leaves out His title of Lord, he is not presenting the pure Gospel. The Scriptures state: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised [H]im from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”(Romans 10:9)