July 7: Jesus Is The Lord!

1 Corinthians 12:3. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.

The Corinthians saw spirituality as a mark of human capacity, knowledge, and status. But we must see spirituality as Holy Spirit given. Yes, it is a gift. Not something anyone achieves or earns. It is a life. The life of Christ in you and me. True spirituality is, therefore, something that every believer in Christ possesses. If you are a Christian, and have the life of Christ in you, then you are spiritual.

What is the mark of this true spirituality? The truly spiritual person will never say Jesus is cursed and only the truly spiritual person can say Jesus is Lord. Only someone who is in Christ will declare their submission to Christ. He is our Lord. Our Master. Those in Christ will live from the Lordship of Christ so as to build others up with our spiritual gifts and love each other with the fruit of the Spirit.

“To live is Christ” will never allow us to use Christ against others (not that we could even if we wanted to). Interestingly the phrase Jesus is accursed could be translated as “Jesus grant a curse” or “Jesus curse you.” Several curse tablets have been found in Corinth that appeal to pagan deities to curse an enemy or a rival business or athlete. No truly spiritual person would ever use the name of Jesus to curse their enemy. Real spirituality loves the enemy. It “blesses and curses not” (Rom. 12:14).

“To live is Christ” means confessing that we are the slaves of Christ. This is not just our obligatory creed. It is our new desire. By the indwelling life of Christ, and our union with Christ, our desires are renewed and reoriented toward Christ. The truly spiritual person (every Christian) will desire Christ above all else. Every Christian should be able to declare Jesus is Lord.

Claiming Jesus as Lord is the letting go of the old self. It is entrusting our lives into his control. This includes all of our hopes, dreams, sins, failures, successes, and tasks. This statement of slavery to Christ is then the greatest statement of freedom a human could ever utter. The Lordship of Christ over your heart is the freedom of your heart from the slavery of self. This is why saying Jesus is Lord is the first and foremost test of our faith. Can you say Jesus is Lord today?

What does it mean in your life to call Jesus Lord? How does the lordship of Jesus both constrain us and liberate us? How does union with Christ (both In Christ and Christ In You) mean that Jesus is both factually the Lord of your life and yet, experientially, you are making him the Lord of your life? Is there an area of your life where you need to let Jesus rule?

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