Lord Of The Dead And Living

Whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. Romans 14:8-9
 
In this verse from Paul’s letter to the believers at Rome, he refers to those who know, and have known, Christ as Lord and Savior. Jesus is the Lord of the millions of Christians who have lived in the past and who have now passed on to their reward. He is also the Lord of all believers still living who look forward to eternal life with Him in heaven after their days on earth are over.
 
Whether we are alive or dead, there is no better place to be than in the hands of our loving Lord.
 


Lord Of Peace

Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
 
As the apostle Paul brought to a close his second letter to the Thessalonian Christians, he blessed them with this beautiful benediction. He wanted these Christians, who were going through disagreement and turmoil, to experience the peace that Jesus promises to those who abide in Him.
 
The dictionary defines peace as “freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.” This definition assumes that peace is the absence of elements such as conflict or negative feelings. But we as Christians know that peace is actually the presence of something. This presence is Jesus Christ, who brings peace and inner tranquility to those who have placed their trust in Him. With Jesus as the Lord of Peace in our lives, we can have peace even in the midst of troubling circumstances.
 
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the angels celebrated His arrival by declaring “peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14). Jesus also told His disciples on one occasion, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1). We don’t have to go around with troubled looks on our faces if the Lord of Peace reigns in our hearts.
 
The apostle Paul referred to Jesus as Our Peace (Ephesians 2:14). The prophet Isaiah called the coming Messiah the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).


Lord Of Lords

And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords. Revelations 19:16
 
This name emphasizes Jesus’ supreme authority in the end time, when He returns to earth in victory over all His enemies. He is also called Lord of Lords in two other places in the New Testament (see 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14).
 
As Lord of Lords, Jesus is superior in power and authority to all the rulers of the earth. Some monarchs of the ancient world were worshiped as divine by their subjects. But only Jesus, as Lord of Lords, is worthy of our worship and total commitment. 
 
Here is how the apostle Paul expresses the meaning of this name in his letter to the believers at Philippi: “God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things 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).


Lord From Heaven

The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 1 Corinthians 15:47
 
This verse appears in the apostle Paul’s famous passage about Jesus’ sinlessness in contacts to Adam’s sin as the first man. Here, Adam origin as a being created from the dust of the earth (see Genesis 3:19) is contrasted with Jesus’ divine origin as the Lord from heaven.
 
When Jesus completed His mission on earth as our Redeemer, He returned to His Father in heaven (see Acts 1:9-11). He is now seated in heaven at God’s right hand (see Colossians 3:1), where He intercedes on our behalf with God the Father (see Romans 8:34).
 
Just as Jesus came into the world from heaven when the time was right (see Galatians 4:4), so, too, will He return one day to bring the earth as we know it to its conclusion, in accordance with God’s plan. As Christians, we should be looking forward with watchful readiness to that glorious day (see Matthew 25:13).


Lord

And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
Luke 9:57
 
Lord is one of the most popular names of God the Son in the New Testament, appearing hundreds of times.  These two verses show that this name, from the Greek word kurios, is used in two distinct ways in the New Testament.
 
In the first verse, from Luke’s Gospel, the “Lord” used of Jesus is a term of respect, similar to our use of mister or sir in modern society.  This “certain man” respected Jesus, but he apparently had no intention of committing his life to Him as his spiritual Lord and Master.  He did not reply when Jesus told him about the sacrifice He required of His followers (see Luke 9:58).
 
Even Jesus’ disciples sometimes called Him Lord in this polite, respectful sense. For example, Jesus once told a parable about the need for people to wait and watch expectantly for His return. Peter approached Him and asked, “Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?” (Luke 12:41).
 
As Jesus’ earthly ministry unfolded, the polite title of Lord that people used of Him was transformed into a declaration of faith in Him as the divine Son of God the Father. This is the sense in which the apostle Paul calls Jesus “Lord” in 1 Corinthians 15:58.
 
After His resurrection and ascension, Jesus became the Lord of history, the Lord of the church, and the Lord of individual Christians. When we declare that “Jesus is Lord,” we submit to His lordship and crown Him as the supreme ruler over our lives. 



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