Matthew 7:21,22; Luke 6:46 — Does “Lord” Mean God?

Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 7:22 Many will tell me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy by your name, by your name cast out demons, and by your name do many mighty works? — World English.

Luke 6:46 Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things which I say? — World English.

It is being asserted that Jesus claimed to be God in Matthew 7:21-22; Luke 6:46, since he speaks of himself as “Lord, Lord.” The assertion is that Jesus calls Himself Lord, which is God.

What is being imagined, assumed, added to, and read into these scriptures is that for Jesus to refer to himself as “Lord, Lord” means that Jesus was refering to himself as being Jehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, which is being based what one has to further imagine, assume, add to and read into the scripture, that is, that “Lord” means God. In other words, what is actually being alleged regarding these scriptures has to be imagined and assumed beyond what is there, and what is being imagined and assumed is offered as proof that Jesus claimed to God. In reality, the word “Lord” itself does not mean “God”, nor is there anything in or about what Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-22 or Luke 6:46 that gives us any reason at all to think that Jesus was claiming to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

If the Greek word that Jesus used (usually transliterated as “KURIOS” — Strong’s #2962) of itself means “God”, then it is speaking of the Supreme Being when it used in the following verses (the word is often translated as “sir” in these verses): Matthew 13:27; 21:30; 27:63; John 4:11,15,19,49; 5:7; 12:21; 20:15 (Mary, addressing the supposed gardener). Of course, is should be apparent that KURIOS used in these verses are not speaking of the Surpeme Being; nor is there any reason to think that Jesus’ usage of

The reality is that it is Jehovah (Yahweh), the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who has anointed Jesus, and who has made Jesus to be “lord” of the church, the world, and over all creation.  (Psalm 45:7; Isaiah 61:1; Ezekiel 34:23,24; Acts 2:36; Romans 14:9; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Hebrews 1:9) This does not mean that the Lord Jehovah made Jesus to be the Lord Jehovah. Jesus is not the Lord Jehovah who made Jesus to be “Lord”, nor is the Lord Jehovah the Lord whom the Lord Jehovah has made to be “Lord”.

See the studies:
KURIOS and the Holy Name

Definitions of KURIOS given online:
NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon

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