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December 7 Today’s Reading: Ephesians 6-Philippians 2
“Jesus Christ is Lord!”
Rejoice, O my soul! — “Jesus Christ is Lord!” This is the result of our Savior’s finished work of righteousness and redemption on the earth as our Substitute. God the Holy Ghost here tells us that all the vast empire of God’s creation has been placed under the dominion of the God-man, our Savior. He assures us that there is no limit to the realm and sphere of our Redeemer’s total sovereignty. He is Lord of all! Christ is Lord of all people, Lord of all things, and Lord of all events. The Lord God has given to his Son “A Name which is above every name;” and the name he has given him is “Lord.” Jesus Christ our Redeemer is Lord Supreme over all God’s creation!
Jesus Christ is Lord over all people upon this earth. He is Lord over the righteous and the wicked, the living and the dead, the believing and the unbelieving (Romans 14:9). Believers recognize, acknowledge, and willingly surrender to his Lordship. Unbelievers deny it and rebel against it. But he is nonetheless Lord. All are under his control, do his bidding, perform his will, and accomplish his purpose, always and in all things.
Powers of Darkness
Jesus Christ is Lord over all the powers of darkness (Colossians 2:15). Those souls damned forever in hell, the demons of hell, and Satan himself are all under the dominion of King Jesus. Not one of our Lord’s enemies can breathe or move, except by his permission; and even then their moves are governed by him to accomplish nothing but good for his people and the eternal purpose of God (Job 1:12; 2:6).
Jesus Christ is Lord over all the affairs of providence (Isaiah 53:10-12; Romans 8:28; Hebrews 1:1-3). Rejoice, O my soul, rejoice forever! — Jesus Christ my Savior is Lord everywhere, over everything, all the time! There is no place in this universe, from the throne of God in the highest glory to the lowest pit of the deepest hell, where Jesus Christ does not rule in total, absolute, sovereign power. God’s creation is not out of control. Nothing is thrown into confusion. Jesus Christ is Lord. His purpose is being accomplished. And his purpose is good.
Jesus Christ is Lord over all the vast regions of heaven (Revelation 12:10). The King of the City Beautiful is Immanuel, God in our nature. The Light of that city is Christ himself. The Reward of heaven is Christ. All the songs of the redeemed in heaven shall be praises to the Lord the Lamb forever.