Monday, January 9, 2017

We are Completely Subjugated

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This blog ought to have been January 4, 2017

Scripture: Matthew 28:18
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

Insights: In today’s verse we see the Lord Jesus declare ALL authority has been given to Him.  In other words, all of the created world is subject to His rightful and eternal reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.  Now, while we are here on this side of eternity we may choose to rebel against this King, but there will be a day in which we will no longer be able to rebel against His authority.  On that day, we will bow before Him and declare “He is Lord.”  Literally, right after that moment, He will declare, “I never knew you, depart from Me.”  At that point we will be cast into the Lake of Fire.  This subjugation does not have to be our end.  We can choose to surrender to His authority now.  We can receive His eternal gift of salvation by admitting we are sinners and in need of a Savior.  He is the Savior.  If we enter into His citizenship.  If we surrender to His authority, then He will know us.  Then, when we enter into eternity, He will receive us with open arms because we had willing chosen to be subjugated to His authority.  There are times, even as residence of His kingdom, that we do not subject ourselves to His authority.  When we find ourselves in this position, we need to repent and turn back to Him as soon as we recognize our rebellion.  There will be consequences for our rebellion and that is part of being under His authority.  He, however, welcomes us back with open arms and forgives us of all unrighteousness.  Our eternity was not in jeopardy, but our relationship with Him was hindered and blocked from that perfect union because of sin.  Only repentance can restore this relationship with this King who demands all to live under His rightful and good authority.  It is always better to be subject now than to wait until we have died, because then, there is no second chance.  There is no joyful eternal union with this gracious King if we choose rebellion rather than willful subjugation.

 1. Do you understand what it means to be under the Lord’s authority?
 2. Why do you think we try to rebel against the truth of the Lord’s authority?

Prayer: Father, all things are under Your authority and all of humanity is subjugated to Your will.  Let me learn well the truth of this eternal fact, so that, I may live in greater peace and contentment with my state of being. Amen.

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