The lordship of Jesus




One day the apostle Peter said to the Jews: “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36).

Therefore Jesus of Nazareth is the Lord. “He is Lord of all” (Acts 10:36), as Peter said to Cornelius and his household. He received from God the name which is above every name, because, even though before His conception He existed in the form of God with God the Father from eternity, He took the form of a bondservant and humbled Himself and became obedient to the death of the cross. As Paul wrote to the Philippians: “Who [Jesus Christ], being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore 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 2:6-11).

The Scripture states that God set Jesus “at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet ….” (Ephesians 1:20-22), and also that angels and authorities and powers have been made subject to Him (1 Peter 3:22), so that it might be fulfilled what was spoken by David, saying: “You have crowned him with glory and honor … You have put all things under his feet” (Psalm 8:5,6 – NKJV).

The Scripture says that the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him for whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:12-13). Therefore there is only one name that a man must call upon in order to be saved, and that is the name of Jesus Christ. He is the Lord who saves all those who call upon His holy name. No one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3).