Vocabulary of Lordship

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To understand and actualize the lordship of Christ in our lives, we are helped by having a biblical glossary (lexicon, dictionary) of terms having to do with lordship.  Here are some of those terms, along with some examples of their usage in Scripture.

The theme that runs throughout these verses is, of course, authority.  Lordship means nothing if it doesn’t mean authority.  Sometimes a term’s relevance to authority is obvious; other times, you might need to read the notes or verses that follow to see the connection.

administration  –  Ephesians 1:10; 1 Timothy 1:4

arbitrator  –  Luke 12:14

author  –  (relates to “authority” below) Hebrews 2:10.  Relates also to “creator” (see below).

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Related post: References to Multiple Authorities in One Verse

Related post: Heavenly Authorities

bond-servant  –  2 Corinthians 4:5; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; James 1:1

bondslave  –  Luke 1:38, 48; Acts 2:18; Colossians 4:12

child, children  –  (see “son” below)  Philippians 2:22

command (v)  –  Matthew 14:28; 28:18, 19, 20; Luke 17:10; *** Joshua 1:9

commander  –  Isaiah 55:4

commandments 

creator  –  The notion of creator, of course, implies lordship over that which is created.  In this regard, see also “author” above.

daughter  –  (see “son” below)  Acts 2:17; 2 Corinthians 6:18

devoted  –  Matthew 6:24

devotion  –  2 Corinthians 11:3

discipline, disciplined  

do (as in “do what the lord says”)  –  Luke 6:46; James 1:21-25

dominion  –  Ephesians 1:21

duty  –  Ezra 10:12

father  –  (has authority over any sons; see “son” below) Matthew 23:9; Philippians 2:22; Hebrews 12:9; *** Isaiah 9:6, 7; Malachi 1:6

fear  –  Malachi 1:6

follow  –  Matthew 8:19; Luke 9:57, 61

follower  –  Mark 4:1

glorify –  John 7:39

god

govern  –  Romans 13:1

governors  –  1 Peter 2:14

government  –  Romans 13:1; *** Isaiah 9:7

head

heed  –  Acts 3:22; 4:19; *** 1 Samuel 15:22

honor  –  Malachi 1:6

husband  –  Ephesians 5:24;  Colossians 3:18; 1 Peter 3:1

judge  –  Luke 12:14; Acts 7:27, 35; *** Isaiah 33:22

king

kingdom  –  see Vocabulary of Kingdom

law  

lawgiver 

leader, lead

listen (in the sense of giving heed to, obeying)  –  Matthew 17:5; *** Deuteronomy 18:15

Lord  –  This word appears 6,705 times in the NASB Bible (619 times in the New Testament, 6,086 times in the Old Testament).

love  –  Matthew 6:24; Mark 12:28;34

master  

must  –  John 4:24; Acts 9:6

name  –  This term is quite relevant to authority, for if A tells B to tell C to do something, it is A’s authority that matters – not B’s.  B is instructing C in the name of A.

obedience (obedient, obey; disobedience, disobedient, disobey)

order

ought  –  Luke 17:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:1; 1 Timothy 3:15

owe  –  Romans 13:8

perform  –  (as in a servant who performs the word of his master ) Psalm 103:20

please (as in a servant seeks to please his master)

pleasing (i.e., as a servant seeks to be pleasing to his master)

pleasure (i.e., the pleasure of a master in an obedient servant; be sure to distinguish the pleasure we can bring God from the unrighteous pleasures we are tempted to pursue)

power  –  1 Corinthians 15:24; Ephesians 1:21

reign –  See Vocabulary of Kingdom

respect –  Hebrews 12:9; *** Malachi 1:6

revere  –  Psalm 135:20

reverence  –  Hebrews 12:28

ruler, rule

servant  –  John 18:36; Luke 12:42; Colossians 3:24; 1 Peter 2:18 *** Malachi 1:6

serve  –  Matthew 6:24; Philippians 2:22; Colossians 3:24

service  –  Ephesians 6:7; 1 Timothy 1:12; 2 Timothy 2:4; Hebrews 12:28

shepherd

should  –  1 Chronicles 12:32; Psalm 25:12; 32:8; 143:8; Proverbs 22:6; Isaiah 48:17; Jeremiah 42:3; Zechariah 8:16

slave  –  Romans 16:18; 1 Corinthians 7:22; Ephesians 6:6

son  –  (is under the authority of his father; see “father” above)  Malachi 1:6

steward  –  Luke 12:42; Titus 1:7

subject  –  Ephesians 5:24; Colossians 3:18; Hebrews 12:9

subjection  –  Luke 2:51; Romans 13:1; Ephesians 1:22

submission  –  Galatians 2:5 ESV

submissive  –  1 Peter 2:18; 3:1, 5

submissiveness  –  1 Timothy 2:11

submit  –  1 Peter 2:13

teacher  –  Matthew 23:8

trust  –  Psalm 37:3

wife, wives  –  Ephesians 5:24; Colossians 3:18; 1 Peter 3:1

worship  –  John 4:24

worthy  –  (i.e., as an obedient servant may prove worthy of his master) Philippians 1:27; Colossians 1:10

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