What Does It Mean That Jesus Is Lord?

This post is written for Brandon E, but it has broader application.

For me, among other things, “Jesus is Lord” means that when Psalm 1 says that the righteous man delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on it day and night, that Jesus is the Lord and His law is that we should love one another as He loved us.  That is, because of the truth “Jesus is Lord,” we know who “the Lord” is from Psalm 1 and we know His law from the Gospels (such as John 15:12).

If I am constantly thinking about how to love others as Jesus loved us, and am acting upon the results of my thinking, then I am actualizing the lordship of Christ in my life.  I am by that process making “Jesus is Lord” more than a lip service statement.

2 Replies to “What Does It Mean That Jesus Is Lord?”

  1. Amen, I agree. But I wouldn’t reduce the process to “constantly thinking” and trying to act upon the results of our thinking. The New Testament revelation isn’t simply that Jesus is everywhere and we have to be constantly be mindful of this, which is still somewhat outward, but that the Lord Jesus with the Father as the Spirit actually lives inside of the believers (Gal. 2:20, 4:19; John 14:16-20; 2 Cor. 13:5; Eph. 3:17) and is one spirit with them (1 Cor. 6:17), making them regenerated children of God (John 1:12-13; Rom. 8:16), a temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16-17; 6:19 ) and partakers of His divine life (John 15:4-5; 1 John 5:12) and nature (2 Pet. 1:4) when we weren’t before. When a person who has Christ as life in them simply enjoys Him, often times they spontaneously and effortlessly express Him without much thinking about it.

  2. To walk with Christ so faithfully that we spontaneously and effortlessly do things that are pleasing to Him is indeed a state which we should seek. However, I can’t imagine a person having Christ as his life and enjoying Him without thinking about Him.

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