In the New Testament times, the Roman and Greek cultures, were quick to embrace many different faiths and religions. Not wanting to single out any god as being superior and therefore irritating or infuriating the many other gods, they accepted a pantheon of faith movements. The Roman rulers even proclaimed that they were a god and demanded that they be worshiped as god. In this context, the Apostle Paul, when speaking to the Romans in Ch 10:9, says, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” The Apostle Peter said similar words in Acts 10:36 where he proclaims that there is peace with God, through Jesus Christ being Lord of all.
The early Christians proclaiming that there was only one Lord, and that was Jesus Christ. This exclusive message about the Lordship of Jesus was not understood nor appreciated by the Roman leadership. It appeared as defiant rebellion against the Roman leadership. But beyond this the Lordship of Jesus affected the lives of the believers.
Salvation was not just understanding that Jesus rose from the dead, but declaring that Jesus was Lord. Lordship means rulership. To confess that Jesus is Lord means that more and more of our lives are submitted to the leading of His Word and His ways. It means that less and less of our lives are dictated by our wants or our selfishness. The Lordship of Jesus means that He rules over our morals, our values, our conduct, in our relationships and in our finances. It has been often said, “Jesus is either Lord or all, or He is not Lord at all.”
Take a moment to reflect on what areas in your life need to be submitted to the Lordship of Jesus.
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