Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Revelation That Jesus is Lord

Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:3)
There are things of God that can be discerned from the natural world, as Paul said to the believers at Rome:

Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:19-20)
But the revelation that Jesus is Lord comes only by the Holy Spirit. No one can speak it in faith except by the Holy Spirit. It is, in a very real sense, an utterance of the Spirit. And it is a powerful revelation. When we truly understand that Jesus is Lord, we realize that there is, therefore, nothing that can stand against Him. He is the Almighty Ruler over everything.

The Name Above Every Name
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)
Enthroned Far Above All
And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:19-23)
The revelation that Jesus is Lord is that, in Him, the penalty of sin has been paid, and the power of sin has been broken. The devil no longer has any right to those who belong now to Jesus Christ. “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). Sickness and disease no longer have a right to be on us.
When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.” (Matthew 8:16-17)
The name of Jesus is far above every other name, including the name of cancer, heart disease, addiction or anything else that can be named. And God has seated the Lord Jesus at His right hand, far above every principality, might and dominion. All authority has been given to Him in heaven and earth (Matthew28:18).

What is more, all those who receive Him by faith have been seated with Him at the right hand of the Father, and by His authority he has delegated us to preach the Good News to all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. For that is how the revelation that Jesus is Lord comes — it is from the Holy Spirit, but it is through the preaching of the Gospel. That is why Paul boldly declared, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Romans 1:16).

This salvation is all-encompassing. It is forgiveness of sins, reconciliation with the Father, renewal of the spirit, deliverance from bondage, healing for the body, and abundant life in every way. There is nothing that stand against it or snatch it away.
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39)
The revelation that Jesus is Lord is a powerful declaration that you can make over every thing and circumstance in your life.