JESUS IS LORD!
APRIL 4, 2016
It’s the most ancient confession of the Christian community: “Jesus is Lord.” By the anointing that all believers have received from God, which anointing grants us participation in the Son of God's faith and knowledge (Eph. 4:11-13), there is unveiled a great compacting of gospel truth in those three words. The choice of wording is quite specific, beginning with “Jesus,” in contrast to “the Son of God,” or “Son of Man,” or “Christ,” for instance.
The identification of our Lord as Jesus (the human name given Him) in the confession draws our attention to both the Presence of God among humanity as one of us, for He was to be called, according to the record of the Gospels,
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By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Peter, in delivering the first, and seminal, new covenant sermon, declared that God had made (again, specifically) Jesus both Lord and Christ. The unfolding of the New Testament message is one of implications being drawn out of very compacted statements. So it was in Peter’s declaration. God has made Jesus (God saves) both Lord and Christ: God sent Him as the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and made Him to be His (God’s) salvation for, and over, all that He owns
We always, when faced with the subject of Divine Sovereignty in scripture, are confronted with salvation being the rule of God among men. Rather than salvation being an option presented to men, it is THE divine imperative, based upon the indicative of nothing less than mankind’s union with God in Jesus. In the opening paragraph of this message, I’ve referred to the Son of God's faith and knowledge, as focused upon by Paul in Eph. 4:11-13, as that by which we all attain to that One Humanity of God’s eternal purpose.
When reading from the KJV:
It is the Son of God’s relationship with God, His Father (and in union with Him, our Father), which is a relationship of a trust based upon the conviction and persuasion that comes from the (true) knowledge of the Father’s nature of faithful love, which is the ground of salvation. This is the righteousness (rightness) of faith that we are given to share with Christ by grace. Salvation restores us to that nuclear communion which is the anchor of all reality.
“Shout salvation, full and free, highest hills and deepest caves; earth shall have her jubilee, Jesus saves, Jesus saves,” FOR Jesus in Lord!