Posted by: missionventureministries | December 21, 2016

THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST – Philippians 2:9-11

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God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11) 

Jesus came from heaven to earth, was born in Bethlehem, lived a perfect life and died on a cross, which was an atoning sacrificial death, was buried in a tomb, resurrected victoriously, and ascended into heaven to occupy His throne in glory where God has highly exalted Him and given Him the Name which is above every name.  

Lordship was at the very heart of Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross. Paul makes this clear in Romans 14:8-9 “For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died, and rose and lived again, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.” 

There is coming a day when every person who has ever lived will bow and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords. But for the Christian that great confession should be an everyday reality. A Christian should live moment by moment in faithful submission to the lordship of Jesus Christ remembering that we do not make Jesus Lord – He is Lord!  

The fundamental message of the Bible is that “Jesus Christ is Lord,” and the most important truth in relation to the Christian experience is the lordship of Jesus Christ.  

When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, it involves recognition of His lordship. We receive Him as Lord and Savior. We must never fail to communicate the “whole council of God,” because He is both Savior and Lord. 

What does it mean to say that Jesus Christ is Lord? 

For Jesus to be Lord of our life means that He is the owner of our whole life. He cannot be Lord of a part; He must be given control of our entire life. 

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).  Jesus desires to be Lord of the visible and the invisible, the private aspects of our life and the public aspects of our life. He wants to be Lord of our spiritual life and of our physical life. 

What must a person do in order for Jesus Christ to be Lord of his life? The easy answer is, yield your life to Him. This involves taking your hands off the controls of your life and allowing Him to be in control. 

For Jesus to become Lord of a person’s life involves absolute and total surrender to His lordship. And in addition to absolute surrender, there must also be an acknowledgment of His ownership: “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) 

A true born again believer belongs to Jesus. We are His purchased possession. When a person yields to the lordship of Jesus Christ, they acknowledge His ownership and gives up their personal rights. The word ‘doulos’ in Greek means slave, therefore when Jesus is our Lord we are His slave we are not our own we were bought with a price. A servant gives service to someone, but a slave belongs to someone. And as true born again believers we belong to our Lord and we gladly want to obey and please our Lord in everything that we think, say and do. 

Yielding to the lordship of Jesus Christ also involves total and unreserved obedience. If He is the Lord of our life, we are going to do what He tells us to do. Lordship involves obedience. 

Jesus raised an important question: “But why do you call Me `Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say” (Luke 6:46)? Are you doing what the Lord has instructed you to do? Are you obeying Him? 

The lordship of Jesus Christ also involves willing service. There must be a time in your life when you, like the prophet Isaiah, are willing to say, “Here am I Lord, send me.” 

The lordship of Jesus Christ involves our willingness to go where He sends us, when He sends us, regardless of the cost. Is Jesus the Lord of this area in your life? Can you honestly say, “Anytime, Anything, Anywhere for Jesus because He is so worthy?” 

The Christian life is a wonderful life. Christ has made every provision for His children to live a full and abundant life, but there is a cost involved, it requires that we die to ourselves. 

Do you believe that Jesus can save you, if you in no way submit to Him as Lord? Perfect obedience is not possible in this life, but if your life in no way reflects the Lordship of Christ then the Bible says you do not have true faith. Confess your trust in Christ alone as your Savior, and submit to Him as Lord of your life.  

Here is a warning, referring to those who are not interested in making Christ Lord of their life. “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? 26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.” (Luke 9:25-26)  

Does Jesus know you personally? Or have you been living in such a way that you are denying the Lord? 

It is not enough to have head knowledge of who Jesus is or to just say you believe. If you have claimed that Jesus is important in your life, start showing it by your actions. Being a Christian means becoming transformed into Christ’s image, not molding Him into the image you think is right. 

So what are you going to hear when you finally come face to face with God when you die? Will it be, “Well done my good and faithful servant,” or will Jesus say to you: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:21-23) 

IS JESUS TRULY THE LORD OF YOUR LIFE?

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