From Acts to Jude, Lord is used over 400 times, and most refer to Jesus. It is plainly stated in the following verses (Acts 1:21, 16:31; Rom. 14:9, 16:24; 1 Cor. 1:9, 6:14, 15:57; 2 Cor. 4:5, 10, and 14; Gal. 6:14). You can find Lord Jesus used 117 times from Acts through Revelation. After all Peter made the decree on Pentecost announcing that God had made Jesus both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36). We recommend our article: “When Did Jesus Become Lord and Christ?” He was declared the “Son of God” by his resurrection from the dead (Rom. 1:4).
Even in the Gospels, after he had walked the walk to complete all he had to do to become both Lord and Christ, look what it says about him after his resurrection from the dead:
Matthew 28:18 (KJV)1
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power [many versions translate “All power” as “All authority] is given unto me [Jesus is speaking here] in heaven and in earth.
Jesus was given all authority in heaven and in earth, after being raised from the dead. So when does he give up that power [authority]?
1 Corinthians 15:28 (KJV)
And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
“Then” in the verse above is after Christ’s Millennial Kingdom [his 1000 year reign on earth], and that is future. But we know that it ends. That Kingdom is when Jesus is “King of kings and Lord of lords.” He is not the King until after the Tribulation. So what is he today? He is the Head of a spiritual Body today! Let us put a few verses together and it will make the understanding clear.
Romans 12:5 (KJV)
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
1 Corinthians 12:27 (KJV)
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
Ephesians 4:16 (KJV)
From whom [Christ] the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Colossians 1:18 (KJV)
And he [Christ] is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Colossians 2:19 (KJV)
And not holding the Head [Christ], from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
The Bible in the Christian Scriptures presents Christ as the Head of his Body, the Church, in which each member has a particular function in harmony with the whole (see Rom. 12:3ff; 1 Cor. 12:12–27). This Truth that Christ is the Head of his Body [the Church], forms a key doctrinal cornerstone in Ephesians:
Ephesians 1:19–23 (KJV)
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Those who have studied the King James Version, know all italicized words were added by the translators and are devoid of authority. Take it out and correct the capitalization and it reads: “…gave him to be the head over all to the Church, which is his Body….” There is only one Head! We are his Body, the Church.
After reading these verses and looking up those referred to, it is clear to see Jesus is the Head of his Body, which is us, the Church. By God or Jesus using the comparison of us as a spiritual Body and comparing it to physical body parts, they are showing us how it is to work. Every part works together with “NO PART” more important than any other, with one exception, the Head! Our heads control our bodies! If we do not think about getting up and walking, we will not. Also we have never seen a body with two heads that was not deformed. The point here is this, there is one Head [Jesus] and we are to work together with him. He is doing a bunch, but not every part is listening to him, nor are they following his manual [The Bible].
So what is he doing and what can we do with him? As we get into this, understand that Romans through Hebrews was written by Paul and he got it by revelation from Jesus Christ (Gal. 1:11 and 12). So he gave all that to Paul after he was seated at God’s right hand. Also he will not stop this direct dealing with Christians throughout this, and the next two administrations. Paul may or may not have ever met Jesus in the flesh, but Jesus started dealing with him in Acts 9 and stayed close in communication with him throughout the rest of Paul’s life. Throughout the Christian Scriptures he worked with Peter, James, John, plus many, many more.
Since Pentecost, many things come to the Body by way of the Head, Jesus Christ. Below are some of the things Scripture says he is now doing:
He shed forth [pours out] the gift of holy spirit (Acts 2:33) He had received it from the Father, and gave to us. Therefore since the holy spirit came to us from Jesus, who had received it from God, and love [agape] according to Romans 5:5 (KJV), was: “…shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost [holy spirit] which is given unto us.” Most of what God gives us comes by way of Jesus. Romans says God, but Acts says Jesus, and we doubt that God would separate the holy spirit from His love, it, most likely came in one package from Jesus.
- He has love [agape] for us (Rom. 8:35).
- He laid down his life for us because of love [agape] (1 John 3:16).
- He increases our love [agape] (1 Thess. 3:12).
- He is the “head” of the Christian marriage (1 Cor. 11:3).
- God seated Christ at His right hand, far above all principalities and powers, and made him “Head” of the Church (Eph. 1:20–23; Phil. 2:9–11; Col. 3:1).
- He calls people into their talents and abilities and sends forth his workers (Rom. 1:5; 1 Cor. 1:17; 2 Cor. 1:1, 10:8; Gal. 1:1; Eph. 1:1, 4:8 and 11; Col. 1:1; 1 Thess. 2:6).
- He will, in a future administration, be Head of all in heaven and earth (Eph. 1:10) [at this time, all things are not yet subject to him—Heb. 2:8; 1 John 5:19 ASV].
- He as “Head” of his “Body,” the Church, directs the growth of his Body (Eph. 4:16; Col. 1:17 and 18).
- He is now functioning as God’s co‑ruler, and will, at a future time, after the destruction of all evil authority, hand over the kingdom to God (1 Cor. 15:20–28).
- He is the image of God (2 Cor. 4:4; Col. 1:15).
- He gives us grace (Rom. 1:5, 16:20; 1 Cor. 16:23; 2 Cor. 8:9, 13:14; Gal. 1:6, 6:18; Eph. 4:7; Phil. 4:23; 1 Thess. 5:28; 2 Thess. 1:12, 3:18).
- He gives us peace (2 Thess. 3:16).
- He will be with you (2 Thess. 3:16).
- He set us free from the Levitical Law (Rom. 10:4; Gal. 5:1).
- He gives authority to his followers to edify and build up the Body (2 Cor. 10:8, 13:10; 1 Thess. 4:2).
- He gives us mercy (1 Cor. 7:25).
- He blesses us (Rom. 10:12 [rich should say richly blesses], 15:29).
- He feeds [nourishes] and cares [cherishes] for the Church, [cares for it and causes it to grow] (Eph. 5:29; Phil. 1:19; Col. 1:17, 2:19).
- He will cause things to turn out for my salvation (Phil. 1:19).
- Through him all things consist [he holds or knits things together] (Col. 1:17, 2:19).
- He directs us or permits by way of direction (1 Cor. 16:7; 1 Thess. 3:11; 2 Thess. 3:5).
- He works in and through us (Rom. 15:18; 2 Cor. 13:3; Phil. 1:11, 3:12; Col. 1:29).
- He is interceding for us (Rom. 8:34).
- He gave talents or abilities as gifts to the Church (Eph. 1:1, 4:8, 11 and 12).
- He gives revelation and visions (2 Cor. 12:1; Gal. 1:12).
- He loves us (Rom. 8:39; Eph. 5:25–30; Phil. 2:1; 2 Thess. 2:13).
- He created the things necessary for his Body, the Church, to function, whether in heaven or on the earth (Col. 1:16).
- He created a “new man,” the Church, out of Jews and Gentiles (Eph. 2:15).
- He will transform our bodies at his appearing (Phil. 3:21).
- He will judge, reward, and punish people, according to what they deserve (John 5:21 and 22; 2 Cor. 5:10; Eph. 6:8; Col. 3:23–25; 1 Thess. 4:6; 2 Thess. 1:8).
- He will judge all men on behalf of God (Rom. 2:16; 1 Cor. 4:4; 2 Cor. 5:10).
- He is faithful (2 Thess. 3:3).
- He comforts us (2 Cor. 1:5).
- We have fellowship with him (1 Cor. 1:9; 1 John 1:3).
- Jesus picked Judas, he helped pick his replacement (Acts 1:24 and 25) we believe he will help Christians, whenever they need it.
- He has paid for the Church with his life, so we belong to him (Rom. 14:8; 1 Cor. 7:22 and 23; Gal. 3:29, 5:24).
- He must be able to answer prayers, or Stephen would not have prayed to him (Acts 7:59 and 60). Paul besought the Lord three times in 2 Corinthians 12:8 and 9.
- He is the firstborn from among the dead, therefore we can have confidence that he will raise us up from the dead (1 Cor. 6:14; 2 Cor. 4:14; Col. 1:18).
- He establishes your hearts not blamable and comforts it (1 Thess. 3:13; 2 Thess. 2:17).
- He will come again in person (1 Cor. 1:7, 4:5, 15:23; Phil. 3:20; Col. 3:4; 1 Thess. 1:10, 2:19; 3:13; 2 Thess. 1:7, 2:1 and 8).
- He will appear and call us up into the air to be with him (1 Thess. 4:15–18).
- He will transform our bodies at his appearing (Phil. 3:21).
- He will deliver us from our dead bodies (Rom. 7:24 and 25).
- He will be glorified and admired at when he returns to the earth (2 Thess. 1:10).
- He occasionally shows himself to people (1 Cor. 9:1).
- He has made us his ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:20).
- He has sanctified us (1 Cor. 6:11; Eph. 5:26).
- He received us to the glory of God (Rom. 15:7).
- He is still today, Israel’s deliverer and servant (Rom. 11:26, 15:8). The way he delivers those Israelites, who come to him today is by including them in the Church. After the Rapture, he will again work with Israel, to rescue and deliver them.
- He redeemed us (Gal. 3:13).
- He forgives us (Col. 3:13).
- He is our example (Rom. 15:3 and 4; 1 Cor. 11:1 ASV; Eph. 5:2, 25–29; Phil. 2:5–8).
- He protects us from the evil one (2 Thess. 3:3 ASV).
- He opens doors for us (2 Cor. 2:12).
- He listens to and answers our requests (2 Cor. 12:8 and 9).
- He is present with us (2 Cor. 13:5; Col. 1:27; 2 Thess. 3:16).
- He is present by way of the power he sends (1 Cor. 5:4; 2 Cor. 12:9).
- He writes on our hearts, so that we are literally “epistles from Christ” (2 Cor. 3:3).
- He gives us access to God (Eph. 2:14 and 18).
- He works with us to be transformed into his image (2 Cor. 3:17 and 18).
- He has work for us to do (1 Cor. 15:58, 16:10; Col. 4:17).
- He lives his life through us (Gal. 2:20).
- He lives in our hearts (Eph. 3:17).
- He will commend those who deserve it, now and in the future (2 Cor. 10:18).
- Jesus is actively involved in healing and sustaining its members (Acts 9:34; 2 Tim. 4:17).
It is our contention that any Christian can ask the Lord Jesus to do for him anything that would help him do the works that Jesus did in his earthly ministry. As Head of the Body, he converses with believers and asks things of them. It is only logical that we would also ask things of him. The Christian Scriptures tells us of his personal interaction with different Christians [and one who would become one]. Stephen (Acts 7:56); Saul/Paul (Acts 9:1–9, 16:7, 23:11; 2 Cor. 12:9; Gal. 1:11 and 12); Ananias (Acts 9:10–16); Peter (Acts 10:9–22 [Some say “the Lord” here was God, but there are good reasons to believe it was Jesus. First, he had a history of arguing with Jesus, but never with God. Second, the voice came from “the Spirit” (verse 19) and in direct address after Pentecost, Jesus is “the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:17; Rev. 2:7; etc.).]; 2 Pet. 1:14); and John (Rev. 1:9–18). Since Pentecost, many things come to the Body by way of the Head, Jesus Christ.
We would like to close with a few verses from the Gospels. Okay, before you tell me the Gospels were to Israel, we know that. We cannot live by every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels, because they were under the Law, and he was a Jew, we are Christians. The rules are different, and if they were not, we would still be doing animal sacrifices! We have learned, many things written in the Gospels, as well as the Hebrew Scriptures, but not changed in the Christian Scriptures, which are written to us, and are still for us. Also Romans 15:4, tells us: “For whatsoever things were written aforetime [NIV reads “in the past”] were written for our learning…” So let us look at a few written [spoken] shortly before Jesus’ crucifixion.
John 14:21 (KJV)
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
John 15:5 and 7 (KJV)
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 16:12 (KJV)
I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
The above verses, by Jesus, show he had important future communication between himself and his disciples. That last verse shows he had much more to say, but it was going to have to wait till after his resurrection to give it to them. It is certain Jesus knew he was going to be raised from the dead, but we do not believe he knew anything about the Secret [some erroneously called the mystery]. He thought he would be raised from the dead, after three days [Matt. 12:39–41], spend some time with his disciples, and ascend to heaven. Then he thought [during his earthly ministry] that he would be back after seven years [the Tribulation].
So Jesus knew he was starting something new when he was here. I am sure you may think of many other verses in the Gospels which may apply to us. So what do you think about all those verses above showing some, not all, of the things he is doing today? We must look to him as the Head. We must study the Bible as our main source for Truth, but with the gift of holy spirit, we need to be going to Jesus Christ, our Lord, for direction beyond the Word. He will help you with what to say. He can even show what to learn in the Bible. He has helped us to set course in a new direction, one few have traveled. We hope this has helped you see Jesus much bigger as the Head of the Body, and how he is working with us today. Please check out other articles, here, on our website, and look for more to come soon!