Jesus Is Lord
If I were to ask any Sunday-morning congregation, “Do you believe in the lordship of Jesus Christ?” I would get an easy reply in the affirmative. But if I were to ask each individual in that congregation, “Is He Lord of all you are and have?” We might have a very disturbing and revealing morning! Any church gathering can sing, “Bring forth the royal diadem and crown Him Lord of all,” but not all who are willing to crown Him with their lips will make Him Lord of their lives.
The lordship of Christ was the initial confession of the church.
“…if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Rom. 10:9). When a Jewish convert in the early church said, “Jesus is Lord,” he meant that Jesus was God; and when a Gentile believer said, “Jesus is Lord,” he meant that Caesar was no longer his god…In the New Testament it is never “Christ and…” because one never needs to add anything to Jesus. He is Alpha and Omega and all the alphabet between…Today…too many church members try to serve two Lords, Caesar and Christ, God and Mammon. Churches are filled with baptized pagans living double lives, fearing the Lord and serving their own gods, drawing nigh to God with their mouths and honoring Him with their lips while their hearts are far from Him, calling Him Lord, Lord, while they do not what He says.
The lordship of Christ is the authentic confession of the Christian.
“Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost” (1 Cor. 12:3).
Calling Jesus Lord is the authentic work of the Holy Spirit for the old Adam never bows to the lordship of Christ. Nowadays we have created an artificial distinction between trusting Christ as Saviour and confessing Him as Lord. So we have a host who have “accepted Christ” in order to miss hell and reach heaven, who seem not at all concerned about making Him Lord of their lives…To be sure, one may not understand all that is involved at conversion, but no man can knowingly and wilfully take Christ as Saviour and reject Him as Lord, and be saved. Paul told the Philippian jailer, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” He presented all three names of our Lord as Master, Mediator and Messiah. He would not have the jailer take Christ as Saviour and think over His Lordship until some time later.
Salvation is free. The gift of God is eternal life. It is not cheap for it cost God His Son and the Son His life, but it is free. However, when we become believers we become disciples and that will cost everything we have…our Lord was after disciples, not mere “joiners.”
The lordship of Christ will be the ultimate confession of creation.
We are told that one day every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phil. 2:9-11). I do not ask the sinner, “Will you confess Jesus as Lord?” for that he must do now or later. I ask, “When will you confess Him as Lord—now while you can live for Him or beyond the grave when it will be too late?” A flour company had a slogan, “Eventually—Why Not Now?” Eventually every tongue will confess Jesus as Lord, in heaven, on earth, under the earth. But why not now?
Is He your Lord? Is He Lord of your body, your thoughts, your tongue, your temper, your spare time, your life plans, your pocketbook, your church life, your recreation, what you listen to by radio and look at on television? His Lordship covers everything…But it is not bondage, it is freedom, for “…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
The heart of revival, of the deeper Christian life, of Christianity, is making Jesus Lord. Have you done it?