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
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 on going relationship with us until He calls us home to be with Him in
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
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
any one 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 posses 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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