Submission to Lordship of Christ

You have probably heard Christians refer to Jesus as “Lord and Savior”, and do so as though it were a single descriptor. When pulled apart, however, we uncover a challenge to believers. The idea of Jesus as Savior is very appealing: he saves us. How lovely! For those who receive him, this is absolutely true, and it is wonderful, indeed! The challenge emerges when we understand this is actually a chronological phrase: Jesus isn’t savior until he is first Lord. Think of it instead as “Lord then Savior”. Once we have that understanding, there are two ways to apply it: 1) a sanctifying sense and 2) a living stones sense. The first has an implications for salvation, in an eternal sense, whereas the second has implications for believers living victoriously on this side of eternity.

Lordship is what Jesus was getting at when cried out to the Father, “Not my will but yours be done”. In sacrificing his will for that of God’s on the cross, Jesus set an example for us about what Lordship means and requires. It is dying to ourselves and letting Christ live in us. It is what is symbolized in our baptism. Dead to ourselves and our flesh, yet alive in Christ, through the Spirit.

This has significant implications to every aspect of the life of the believer – from the way we approach our interpretation of scripture, to the way we relate to others…