#5627 – Lord Jesus Christ

Good morning people who embrace every part of our risen Lord and Saviour.

Ephesians 1:2 NIV Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

As we lean into seeing God more accurately, I feel to lean into these three words: Lord Jesus Christ.

The word ‘Lord’ when referring to Jesus means ‘supreme in authority.’

Jesus Christ is not one among many, and nor is He the greater among equals.

Here’s the truth about Jesus as Lord spoken directly from scripture:

Matthew 28:18 NIV Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

Philippians 2:9-11 NIV Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus Christ is not just Saviour – although he most certainly is – but Jesus Christ is Lord. There is no one greater and there is no one more powerful! He is unrivaled and unequalled. And He is your Lord!

Here’s one more scripture today about our Lord:

Ephesians 1:19-23 NIV And his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”

Jesus Christ is Lord of all.

#5626 – Who is God?

Good morning people who never move beyond your greatest need to know God more.

The greatest need in my life is not to have every problem solved (although that would be nice). It is not to understand everything that has happened or is happening (although this too would be nice).

My greatest need is and always will be to see God as He actually is.

The Father is seen in the Son, and the Holy Spirit reveals the Son to us. God Himself works with Himself to reveal Himself to us. This is too glorious for words!

Ephesians 1:15-17 NIV For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

To godly people who had faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and who demonstrated love for all God’s people, Paul kept on praying to the Father, that He would give the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that they could know Him better.

I believe that this continues to be at the core of the Father’s heart. He earnestly desires for us to know Him more intimately. This happens through a deepening revelation of seeing Him accurately. This can only be a work of the Holy Spirit.

And so, I echo the words and prayer of Paul today. This is my prayer for you. May we all know God more and more.

#5625 – Spiritual Deposit

Good morning people who were given the Holy Spirit as a down payment of what’s to come.

Ephesians 1:13-14 NIV And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

This marking of the Holy Spirit upon our lives when we believed in Jesus, was ‘a stamp of ownership’ by God Himself. It was a declaration from the Father over us as He declared, “You are My child and I love you dearly!”

And not only that, the gift of the Holy Spirit Himself living in us is actually a deposit that guarantees our full rights as sons and daughters who are heirs of our Father in heaven!

So, what is our legal right as sons and daughters of God?

The following scripture tells us:

Romans 8:17 NIV Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Everything that the Father gave to His one and only Son while He walked this earth as a man, is our legal possession while we are here on the earth! Honestly, I can’t fully articulate this! All I can say is, I encourage you to search the scriptures and ask the Holy Spirit to take you deeper into this truth.

And beyond our natural limited years on earth, the Holy Spirit is given as a deposit guaranteeing us eternity in the very presence of our heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit! The closest we feel to God through the Holy Spirit encounters here is just a small taste of eternity, but at a greatly increased intensity of love!

We have been marked by the Holy Spirit, and He is a guarantee of much more to come!

#5624 – Gift of Righteousness

Good morning people who live in the finished work of our resurrected King.

Yesterday, we talked about the word ‘redemption’ which means ‘ransom in full.’ I don’t think that this truth can be overstated. I definitely need to hear it time after time.

Here is another passage of scripture that unpacks this further today:

Romans 5:15-17 NIV But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

God’s grace is so much greater than our sin! What Jesus Christ accomplished for us on the cross of Calvary and in His resurrection far exceeds what Adam & Eve caused in the Garden of Eden.

And herein lies a truth that we should never forget: Who God is and what God has done is always far greater than what the devil or any person could ever be or do! There is no contest!

I love the way that this scripture tells us that God’s grace came through Jesus, but it goes further to tell us that this grace brought a gift too.

Do you know what the gift that comes from God’s grace is?

It is the gift of God’s righteousness that has been imputed to us through Jesus! In the Father’s eyes, we look like Jesus! That’s right!

And it is because of this gift of righteousness – being in right standing with God – that we can reign in life through Jesus Christ.

The longer I live, the more I am convinced that our greatest need is an increased revelation of who Jesus is and of all that He has legally purchased for us through His life, death and resurrection.

The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing!

#5623 – Our Redemption

Good morning people whose sins have been paid for in full by the blood of Jesus.

Ephesians 1:7-8a NIV In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.

In Him – In Jesus – such powerful words!

The blood of Jesus brought about our redemption. This is an important word for us to understand as believers in Jesus. It literally means ‘ransom in full.’

A ransom is a payment that is demanded in order for someone to go free. You and I were slaves to sin, and as such, the payment demanded was death.

Jesus Christ took our sins upon Himself, and now the statement of His resurrected life is, “Paid in full!” As I type this, I feel emotion rising up within me. My debt has been paid in full by the precious blood of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

This means, I have nothing left to pay for! I don’t have to add to Jesus’ finished work! “It is finished!”, actually means, “It is finished!”

I love this scripture that we read in Hebrews:

Hebrews 10:18 NIV And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

I don’t need to add to what Jesus did – I just need to receive it and walk in the freedom that His sacrifice brings to me.

The same is true for you my friend.