â€œNevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.â€ Â Â Â (2 Timothy 2:19)
The title â€œLord,â€ when applied to Christ, is not merely a title of respect but an acknowledgment of relationship. We belong to Him, just as bondservants (slaves) belong to their owners. He owns us, having bought (i.e., â€œredeemedâ€) us with His blood, and the distinguishing seal of His purchase is that His servants are expected to â€œdepart from iniquity.â€
Thus, whenever â€œLordâ€ is attached to His name, there is an implied confession of His Lordship in that particular area of life. For example, to be saved, one must â€œconfess with thy mouth the Lord Jesusâ€ (i.e., â€œJesus as Lordâ€) and â€œbelieve on the Lord Jesus Christâ€ (Romans 10:9; Acts 16:31). Following that, we are commanded: â€œAs ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in himâ€ (Colossians 2:6).
Even in the mundane affairs of life, He is our Lord. â€œSubmit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lordâ€™s sakeâ€ (1 Peter 2:13); â€œNot slothful in business; fervent in spirit, serving the Lordâ€ (Romans 12:11). Obedience to the Lordship of Christ is, of course, absolutely essential for a truly Christian and happy family. â€œWives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. . . . Husbands, love your wives, . . . even as the Lord the church. . . . Children, obey your parents in the Lord. . . . And, ye fathers . . . bring [your children] up in the nurture and admonition of the Lordâ€ (Ephesians 5:22, 25, 29; 6:1, 4).
As our text reminds us, Christâ€™s Lordship implies holiness and full submission to Him. â€œPut ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh. . . . For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lordâ€ (Romans 13:14; 14:8). HMM