HE IS LORD
BY: JOHN R. GAVAZZONI
APRIL 1-3, 2013
Reality's Truth; Reality's Genuineness, has come to us, sent by God, in the Person of His Son, our Lord Jesus. That Reality can be likened to a magnificent tapestry of rich, vivid colors, nuanced with breathtaking hues, yet while each thread, or patterned complex of threads, possesses its own unique, outstanding richness, they very carefully blend together gathering the viewer's sense of beauty into a point of focus where all the colors meet. At that point of meeting, all the coloring of the tapestry is intensified so that on the occasion of the artist standing by, discerning the viewer's awe-struck admiration, his heart explodes with satisfaction. His passion has been fulfilled. Making the spiritual application: Jesus, AS Lord, is that divinely appointed point of focus. He is the delightful pleasure of God, His Father, meant to become the delight of every man's heart. Miss that, and the sense of what the tapestry is all about, has avoided you. But not forever.
Every man has an appointment to see the tapestry with new, enlightened, and admiring eyes. Back to basics, you dear ones who have embraced the Truth that the destiny of all mankind is to return home to Love's abode.
We all came from somewhere. Even an atheistic scientist must admit that we have come from that which is greater than we. It is to that source that we owe our existence, and therefore we owe acknowledgment to that source as that to which we belong. As believers, we know that our Source is out from within Christ, within God, the same Christ who became Jesus our Lord. We belong to our Source. That's what Jesus Lordship is about. We belong to Him.
That purchase was a REdemption, a buying back. You have always belonged to Him, but you were made to suffer under the captivity of one claiming lordship over you. Jesus rightfully reclaimed what was His. That One is alive, the victor over death, making Him Lord of both the living and the dead. He's a living Lord, actually bringing to bear His saving Lordship over us, from within us, as our life. That's the relationship.
"I am my Beloved's and He is mine, His banner over me is love."
What a wonderful Owner, who gives Himself to those He owns. Jesus does belong to you, my dear friend, but you need to know that having the Son (He that hath the Son hath life), is of great worth to you only as the One who has you. The One you have, is that Magnificent Lord of all.
Turning to a beloved gospel song which has the matter of belonging in correct order:
"Jesus, my Lord, will love me forever;
From Him (as my Owner), no evil can sever.
He gave His life, to ransom my soul.
Now I belong to Him.
"Now I belong to Jesus;
Jesus belongs to me.
Not for the years of time alone,
But for eternity."
APRIL 2, 2013
In the first installment of this series on the Lordship of Jesus Christ, I approached the subject from the viewpoint of ownership, of what "belonging to" implies. There is no such thing as complete autonomy of personhood. We exist as those belonging. Indeed, it can be said that we belong to one another, AS those together belonging to Him. I've observed what seems very obvious to me, that there are words in our English language, and I extrapolate it to be the same with all languages, especially in the case of compound words, a Logos-derived conveyance of root-meaning. So it is with "belonging." We be (are) longing to be returning to the One to Whom we belong. Such words are micro-parables. The Being in which we all have our being, has birthed an all-inclusive Personhood, within Whom we exist, and within whom we are contained. The Person of Jesus Christ, AS Lord, is the containment field of all sentient and non-sentient existence. None are capable, no thing is capable, of escaping from Him. There is no outside-of-Him to where we can go. In a recent meeting of the house-church I attend, in the flow of the sharing, I affirmed that same principle: that nothing exists outside of Him, and in fact, outside of Him, even nothingness itself has no existence.
Continuing on now with broadened viewpoint, let us consider Lordship in terms of authority. Surely, the One who claimed rightfully that to Him has been given all authority in heaven and earth, certainly that One, by virtue of being granted such an exalted place, would be, by definition, The Lord---The Lord of lords, and King of kings. To the trippy, fashionable reasoning that would reply, saying,
According to Paul, in Philippians, Jesus did not grasp after being like God. Why? Well, because, as God's Son, He WAS, of course, like His Father. No need to grasp after that which was already His, even, or especially, as He took on the form of a servant (slave). Is it understood by those today who write so prolifically re: every person's Christhood, that as the Father is greater than the Son--- that is, as the Son's Origin---raised the Son to equality with Himself by nature, that in turn, our Lord Jesus, in the same administrative sequence, has raised us up within Himself (singularly) to collective togetherness of sharing sonship with Himself, with that sonship, all authority in heaven and earth? The issue is of Source. In Him, we have all things. Apart from Him, we have nothing. "How shall He, who delivered up His own Son on our behalf, not, with Him, give us all things?"
APRIL 3, 2013
"Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
The Amplified Version renders that verse as:
Jonathan Mitchell has it as:
I think I should raise the question: Did the Holy Spirit, in inspiring Paul to write those words, just capriciously choose "Lord," instead of seemingly other applicable options such as the Son of God, Son of Man, Christ, or Jesus? I don't think so. Without suggesting some kind of rote inspiration, I think the Spirit's choice had to do with very specifically indicating that our salvation issues forth from top-down authority. Only One has received the right by inheritance to claim men's souls for Himself, and thus for Him who sent Him. Most folks harbor the silly notion that salvation is an option offered to us by God, as if God has said,
I remember years ago, hearing a preacher on the radio say: "This is how salvation works. God's voting for you; the devil's voting against you, and you have the final vote." If, as a believer, you're thinking, "Gee, John, that's the way I've always understood it, myself," then the Lord slipped a little salvation into you, but by-passed your brain in doing it. There's something very fundamental going on with that kind of perception, and it has to do with Lordship. Such reasoning indicates that the one of such twisted
Nowhere is this made clearer than Jonathan Mitchell's translation of
Simply put: Salvation is of the LORD, and by LORD we mean that what pleases Him is what's gonna' be. Do you think it would please Him for all men to be saved? I hope the answer leaps from your heart,
"Look to the LORD all ye ends of the earth, and be saved."