by John Robert Stevens
In the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10-11.†
The foundation of New Testament revelation is the Lordship of Jesus Christ and our submission to Him. Our lives have their fulfillment under the Lordship of Christ; but living without recognizing Him as Lord, there can be little meaning to our existence. The self-centered Christian is usually an unhappy person, seldom liked by others or even by themselves. You were not made to be the center of your own universe. You were born again by the Holy Spirit to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. When we are submissive and surrendered to Christ, God’s perfect will and purposes are fulfilled in us and through us. The good and acceptable and perfect will of God is attained by presenting ourselves a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2). The first sermon in the Church era proclaimed, God hath made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom ye crucified. Acts 2:36. Surrendered to Christ’s dominion, our lives take on significance, meaning, value, and objectives. If you do not know Him as Lord, you experience frustration, defeat, and protracted immaturity. Submission and dedication brings to the believer the end of confusion and spiritual blocks, and the beginning of the dynamic and Spirit-led life. But this submission is not easy to attain. …no man can say, Jesus is Lord, but in the Holy Spirit. I Corinthians 12:3.
For whosoever would save his life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25.
God the Father delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love. Colossians 1:13. The formula for Christian confession given by the Apostle Paul was, If thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9. Personal salvation should mean not only the absolution of our sins, but it should indicate a change of allegiance—a new Lord and Master.
John Robert Stevens
The Lordship Of Jesus Christ is an excerpt from the introduction to the manual, The Lordship Of Jesus Christ. Copyright © 1969 John Robert Stevens, revised 1971. All rights reserved. This publication may not be reproduced in any way without written permission from The Living Word.
† Scripture quotes were taken from the 1901 American Standard Version.