Jesus is Lord

christ-361581_1280Philippians 2:11: and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

There is nothing you can do against the truth.  Though you reject it, you cannot wish it away. It is like facts. You can have your own opinion, but you cannot have your own fact. That Jesus is Lord is a fact, you can bend to it or you can be crushed by it, while in denial. The choice is yours.

Confession is a powerful part of the Christian faith. The bible says that with confession we experience salvation, i.e. come to Jesus (Romans 10:9-10). There is power in saying: Jesus is Lord. That is acknowledging his supremacy and embracing him as such, opening the door to express who he is in your life.

The Pharisee did not acknowledge Jesus as Lord so they disqualified themselves from life. Jesus said knowing God is the true meaning of life (John 17:3), but he also said he is the way to knowing God (John 14:6), so to reject the lordship of Christ is to reject the true knowledge of God.

There are many things masquerading as knowledge in our day. But the bible says that in him, Jesus, was life and the life was the light of men (John 1:1-5).  And that light is knowledge. Jesus gives the ability to know as our light, and he is the one we know in truth, since he is truth.

Jesus’ lordship has to do with the power in his name. He was given a name above every other (Philippians 2:5-11). But he did not start like that. He started as a child, and grew. He was submitted to his parents, and to his heavenly father. He was a baby, then a carpenter, but when the Holy Spirit came on him he became “another man.” That was the same which happened to Saul, who was turned to a king by the Holy Spirit coming on him (1Samuel 10:1-9).

So there is no kingship without the anointing. That is why Jesus is called the anointed one. And we are conveyers of his lordship on this earth as his people. The bible says that Christ has appointed some in the church: apostle, prophet teachers etc. Whatever they do in that capacity is an expression of the lordship of Jesus.

We can only express the lordship of Jesus to the limit that we are submitted to it. The bible says that we should submit under the mighty hand of God so that we will be elevated in due season (1Peter 5:6).

There is no shining as light if we are not submitted to his light. He is the self-luminous one, the sun of righteousness (Malachi 4:1-3). As light he expresses dominion over darkness. When he appears demons (emissaries of the dark) shake, and fade away from their hidden places (Psalm 18:44-45).

The name of the Lord is a strong tower (Psalm 18:10). That means being under his lordship makes us impregnable. As we dwell in the secret place of the most high, we abide under the shadow of the almighty (Psalm 91:1-2). By his lordship over darkness, we are shielded from the enemy. He said that we have authority to trample upon snakes and scorpion and over all the powers of the enemy (Luke 10:19).

From the focus verse, the lordship of Jesus manifests the glory of the father. So Jesus does not rule for his own end but for the glory of God. So also our rule should be for the glory of God. That was what Adam missed, that though he was master on the earth, whatever he did should be to the glory of God, hence he fell into temptation (Genesis 3).

But when Jesus was tempted by the devil after his baptism by John, it was all about if he would give glory to God or not; every one of them was Satan’s attack on the glory of God (Luke 4:1-13). The devil wanted Jesus to seek his own glory and not his own. Jesus when he was about to be arrested for his last moments on the earth declared that he had glorified the father (John 17:1-7). Everything he did was an expression of that intent.

He also said that the one who speak of himself seeks his own glory, but the one who seeks the glory of the one who sends him is in order, doing the right thing (John 7:18). So in whatever position we are, the glory of God must be uppermost in our minds, if we are to be like Jesus.

After God made Saul king in Israel, he soon forgot for whose glory he should work, easily bending to the will of the people around him to maintain their allegiance, instead of bending to the will of God, to maintain his approval (1Samuel 15).

In the Garden of Eden we see Adam bending to the will of his wife, seeking the glory of the wife and not the glory of God. Whoever you are bent to his will, you give glory to. Paul said if I still pleased men I will not be the servant of God (Galatians 1:10), I will no longer be after the glory of God, and would have no reason to be called the servant of God anymore. The bible says that either in words or deed we should be seek the glory of God (Colossians 3:17, 23), and we also read that to seek one’s own glory is no glory, empty glory (Psalm 25:27).

When David confronted Goliath, it was clear that seeking the glory of God was uppermost in his mind. He was irked that an uncircumcised philistine could have the effrontery to rant on and on against the army of the Living God, the army of Israel (1Samuel 17). David said to Goliath I come against you in the name of the Lord, while the giant cursed him in the name of his god. Therefore even before the victory, David gave glory to God.

Jesus healed a man blind from birth, and said it is for the glory of God (John 9:1-3). When he raised Lazarus, he said it was a manifestation of the glory of God. He expressed lordship in the two occasion, but did not seek his own glory.

After David’s dominion/lordship has been established in Israel he sought the glory of God, to build him a befitting building. He was not content to dwell in a palace of cedar while the ark of God sat under a tent (2Samuel 7:1-5). For that he invested material and intellectual resources, making massive amount of gold available for the building and design the building.

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