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LORDSHIP 

 

The idea of the Lordship of Christ is that God desires that we turn our lives completely over to Him.  God receives us each where we are and doesn’t expect any degree of spiritual knowledge or skill.  Like any parent, He wants to see us grow to maturity.  Just as it grieves a parent not to see his/her child grow, so also it grieves God’s heart to see us remain spiritual infants.

 

What is Lordship?  Lordship is giving back to God the controls of our life so that He may use us to accomplish and fulfill His will through us.  It involves complete surrender of our plans and will to the Lord.

 

The Lordship issue is what the apostle Paul was speaking of in Galatians 2:20.  “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  It is ceasing to live for myself and beginning to live by God’s power for God’s purpose.  Romans 12:1-2 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God -- this is your spiritual act of Worship.”  2 Cor. 5:15 states, “And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.”

 

Why do we need God’s Lordship?  Satan used deception initially with Adam and Eve and he continues to cause people to rebel against Christ.  God created man in His image with a WILL, an INTELLECT and EMOTIONS.  These attributes, which are key ingredients in choice or decision making, require that God provide man with an environment where He could use them.  God knew when He did this that man might disobey, but His great love and desire to give man a free choice causes Him to provide that environment.

 

When Satan tempted Eve, he appealed to these three attributes.  He played upon her emotions by causing her to desire what God had forbidden.  He appealed to her intellect with his deceptive reasoning.  And he caused her to use her will to break God’s law.  In appealing to her intellect or power to reason, Satan deceived her by making her think God’s plan was restrictive.

 

We think restrictions are bad.  This isn’t true because God’s restrictions are for our own good and for the purpose of allowing us to use our will, intellect, and emotions to choose Him.  He could have created robots which needed no restrictions because they were programmed to do only what He desired.  But He didn’t.  He created people in His image.  So, Eve must have concluded God’s plan is bad.  She bought the conclusion that God must be holding out on them and that disobedience to God’s plan would profit them.  The consequence, then, is that sin entered the world through disobedience.  Man became the Lord of his own life in independence from God.  This is perhaps the simplest definition of sin: Independence from God.

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