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Lord of the Living and the Dead


Jesus Christ is “Lord of both the dead and the living,” declares the apostle Paul. Those who belong to Him now will still belong to Him in the future, even beyond death. They will belong to Him forever. This is true because Jesus died for us and purchased us with His own blood (1 Cor. 6:20; Acts 20:28). Jesus Christ owns us. If we have believed on Christ as our Savior He is our sovereign Lord.

There is a special lordship over us as His saved people. He has become our Lord by dying for us and rising again. He delivered us from our death penalty. He has set us free from the power of sin and its consequences. By His resurrection He has established an ongoing relationship with us until He calls us home to be with Him in heaven.

This extensive sovereign Lordship is expressed by Paul in these words: “If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that He might be the Lord of both the dead and the living” (Romans 14:8-9).

There is an extraordinary comfort in these words for all who know Jesus as their Lord. If we live, we live unto the Lord. If we die, we die unto the Lord. He is the Master of both. We belong to Him whether we live or whether we die. The only comfort and security in this life is that we belong to Him. We can trust Jesus Christ to be wise and utterly sovereign with whatever comes into our lives and in whatever manner and timing it may come. This is true whether we are alive or even when we die. Jesus Christ is Lord; He is sovereign.

My desire in life is that Jesus will be in practice Lord of every thought and action in my thinking, in my writing, in my speaking, in my motives and actions. I want Him to be Lord in everything there is in me.

I have had people on various occasions tell me they will not allow anyone to have that kind of power over their lives. I can truthfully say I would not allow anyone else but the Lord Jesus to have that sovereignty over my life. Yes, I can trust Him as sovereign Lord over my life because He is God.

The implications of such a commitment to Christ are astounding. This is the central message of the Bible. It is the goal of history. “Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:11). Jesus Christ alone has the right to be the Lord of all of my life.

Since the precious blood of Jesus Christ redeemed me there is no part of me that has not been bought outright. I am no longer my own boss. Christ alone owns my heart to feel His love and to love His world. Christ alone owns my mind to think His thoughts. Christ alone owns my eyes to see His world. He alone owns my hands to feel, to touch, and to do His will in His service. He alone owns my feet to go where He bids me go to do His will. He owns my whole person to feel His charm and radiate His person.

You see I belong to Him. I am His for all eternity. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me to will and to do His work to His glory. “The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and delivered Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20).

There is only one person who has the right to possess us because He died for us. Because He rose from the dead He can now penetrate and possess our personalities through His Holy Spirit. He lives again in us.

Is there any area of your life that is not yielded to Him? That is the most dangerous area of your life. Hudson Taylor said correctly, “Jesus Christ is either Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all.”

The opposite of a self-centered life is a Christ-centered life. A life that is not possessed by Jesus Christ is open to the devil. God created us for His own possession. To whom do I choose to be the sovereign Lord of my life?



Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006





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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.


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