SUBJ: The aim of Christ in His
death and resurrection as being Lordship over people that He would know
in a loving and caring manner in them and Him.
AIM: Our aim here is that we might
be led away from the kind of judging described and rather live before
Him as His subjects and to whom we will give an accounting.
INTR: We have been emphasizing the
close ties of things in this section to vv. 12:1-2 and it is well that
we do in that these things are spiritual in nature and reflect the grace
of God in us.
1. We would pursue here further urging to look to the
Lord as we pursue His will and to know the guidance provided.
there is added emphasis as to why we strive for enhanced identity with
Christ as we are made to see His personal aim for us in redemption.
3. Thus, we will be brought to a consideration of the oft quoted “every
knee shall bow…” as it applies to us.
THESIS: The Lordship of Christ is more than the mere
acknowledgment that He is in absolute control of all things. It defines
the eternal relationship that He will have with all of His redeemed for
all eternity having begun here and the sense of it learned and put into
I. The Divine claim (vv. 7-9)
1. An observation for
us to take to heart and experience it sobering effect:
1) None lives
to himself – that is that none of has the ability to self-determine our
lot in life
2) None dies to himself – that is either to determine the
terms of his death.
2. It is all in the discretion of the Lord and we
have no recourse and we want none if we walk by faith.
3. The fact is
we are His by right of creation, by right of redemption, and by right of
4. Thus, His aim is that we are His in every
1) He is Lord of those who have already died, and He
is Lord of those dying (natural death).
2) He is Lord of the living
in that they possess life from Him and He is engaged with them:
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto
God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews
II. The Divine standard (vv. 10-11)
1. Looking to the
first part of the chapter we understand that the intent is normalizing
relationships with those differing in the practice of faith. All are
2. The problem is restated in v. 10 with both
factions being mentioned.
1) We should realize that none are able to
effect righteous judgment regarding another because of our own state of
2) We all shall be subjected to His judgment and it seems to
infer that the issues are far greater than what eats or does not eat and
observance of days. Judge not, that ye be not judged. Matthew 7:1
We are brought to a sobering realization:
1) We consider: 22 Look
unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and
there is none else. 23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of
my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee
shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Isaiah 45:22-23.
2) Paul quotes
and applies that here and in, That at the name of Jesus every knee
should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under
the earth; Philippians 2:10
3) It is here we learn that the
application is to us as well.
III. The Divine accounting (v. 12)
1. It is evident here that the message is to believers and so we may not
deflect this away and account it as being only to the unsaved.
leaves us to ask as to what shall be the manner of and of what shall we
1) We are certainly reminded of the parable of the
talents and other things about obedience and faithfulness.
previously dealt with the matter of gifts it may be as to how they have
3) In light of Isaiah 45 and verse 11 it will surely
involve the acknowledgment of His sovereignty.
3. We would be sweetly
reminded that this is not unto condemnation and that the sins of the
redeemed have been accounted for in Christ. The blood avails for our
1) It is unto God and therefore Christ having borne our judgment
stands as our advocate and intercedes. See again, Wherefore he is able
also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he
ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25 AND My little
children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man
sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 1
4. These things are brought to our attention in the
interest of turning our united focus toward Christ and the fact that we
are our brother’s keeper and not his judge.