The Implications of the Lordship of Christ
Romans 1:4, “Jesus Christ our Lord”
We live in a day and age in which a person’s faith is in large part defined by them. In other words, we create our own religions. This is very prevalent in the evangelical church today. Many profess Christ as their Savior, but few live their lives as if He were their Lord.
Yesterday we looked at some implications of Jesus Christ really being our Lord. First, we learned that there is an intellectual implication. If Jesus is really our Lord, then He must be the Lord of how we think and what we think about. The second implication was the ethical implication. If Jesus is really the Lord of our lives, then He is the Lord of our moral standards. Most professing Christians tragically get this one wrong. They profess Christ and often emotionally so, but they do not live by His moral standards. At one of the churches that I used to serve there was a woman on staff who was living with her boyfriend. She professed Christ as her Savior, but she did not live her life as if He were her Lord. The last implication we saw yesterday was the vocational implication. Jesus Christ is not just to be the Lord of our minds, our wills, and our morals, but he is also to be the Lord of our time. He is to be the Lord of us in our professions, our jobs, careers, and ambitions. We cannot plan our lives as if our relationship with Jesus is somehow separated from those plans and or irrelevant to them.
The next implication is an ecclesiastical implication. Jesus is not just the head of my mind, my will, my morals, and my vocation, but He is also the head of the church. This truth, if applied can save churches a lot of grief. One thing it saves the church from is disorder. This happens when people in a church pursue their own course, their own agendas – including what they wish the church to be – with no regard for the guidelines for church life that are given to us in God’s Word. Unfortunately, I have seen this first hand in several churches. Most people do not really want to allow Christ to run His church. Instead they want to run it. When they do this, they come up with ungodly and unscriptural structures to run the church all with the purpose of allowing them control and power. The second thing that this saves the church from is clericalism. This occurs when laypeople abandon their God-given roles in the church or when pastors become tyrants to the church without acknowledging that they are mere servants of the people as well as servants of Christ and that they must serve the church as Christ served.
The fifth implication of the Lordship of Christ is a political implication. There is a move today in our culture to say that Christianity is all well and good but only if it is kept within the church walls. But as Christians we know that Christ is not just the Lord of my personal life, He is not just the Lord of the life of the church, He is Lord of all life, and that includes the life of nations. Jesus isn’t just my King; He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. As Christians, then we are His representatives in history to call the world to repentance. We are here to remind the world that Jesus Christ whom we serve has spoken from heaven to reveal what true righteousness is, both for individuals and nations, and that those who disregard Him do so at their own peril and that one day all will give an account.
This must be done though in a couple of ways and it must be done correctly. First, it must be done with humility. None of us is perfect – we as Christians must be acutely aware of this and we must appear before Jesus – and ultimately answer to Him. Secondly, we must know that our mission is to be by example and word and not by force or by the coercion of legislation. Jesus Christ did not come and set up an Army or some sort of political operation, but instead He came as a witness and proclaimer of the gospel. Whenever and wherever the church has departed from this, the Lord’s pattern in doing this, it has always done great harm.
The last implication of the Lordship of Jesus Christ is a global implication. If Jesus is really our Lord, the final implication then flows out of the Great Commission. On the basis of His own authority Jesus sent disciples out into the entire world to make and to disciples Christians everywhere. Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” The Lordship of Jesus Christ is the most powerful missionary imperative. It is as the Lord of our lives that Christ tells us to go; because we know Him as Lord, this is then exactly what we do. Because we love Him, we want every single person to become his disciple.
The questions then are: Is Jesus your Lord? Are you truly committed to Him? If you are not truly committed to Him, then your life will never truly be what it can be. If He is your Lord, no one can every take His place.