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What’s In The Name? Part 2 The Lord of All

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 KJV

I don’t know, maybe it’s just me…but my folks only had two kids and at one time, two dogs and a cat. Yet, whenever my mom wanted my attention, she had to go through every name in the family…including the pets….before she got to my name.

I guess that I could imagine that I was always the last one to get into trouble enough for her to remember my name first, but I doubt that I could get that one past a discerning reader like yourself…and certainly not my brother.

For whatever reason, like being chosen for an Olympic event, my name was last on the list.

No, I’M NOT BITTER…not much.

Just Who Is Jesus?

The name that IS on the top of the list is what we are concerned with in this series. He is the one that is three times cited in the Bible as the King of kings and Lord of lords. Last time we looked at what the title King of kings means.

To summarize, we reviewed the fact that the phrase ‘King of kings and Lord of lords’ is likely not just a redundant description of the supremacy of Christ, but it actually shows two different ways of relating to God through Christ.

We observed that the word “King” where ever it is applied to Jesus Christ is always related to the nation of Israel. So the title King of kings is directly applied to Christ in relation to His promised physical reign from a geographical Israel over all nations.

We also noted that the descriptions of Christ as King reigning over the nations is of a far different character than the day of grace that we are presently in.

Lord of All

“For it is written, [As] I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

Romans 14:11 KJV

“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 2:9-11 KJV

What is the difference between Lordship (Nobility) and Royalty (Monarchy)? This is not an easy question for Americans not familiar with the everyday realities of feudalism. The following excerpt gives some explanation of this:

Royalty are the rulers of the country and their heirs, the monarchy. Nobles, or aristocracy, are a lower class who are titled but are not part of the monarchy, who do not automatically have claims to the throne. Noble titles are granted by the monarch to those people felt to be worthy. As with royalty, so are nobles – dukes, marquesses, counts/earls, viscounts, barons – traditionally within hereditary status for their titles…

https://www.quora.com/How-does-royalty-and-nobility-differ-from-each-other

https://www.quora.com/How-does-royalty-and-nobility-differ-from-each-other

Basically, Lordship designates ownership and nobility. Titles to land and its inhabitants are granted by the monarchy. Commoners are essentially their employees/indentured servants over whose families and livelihoods they bear a stewardship. i.e. there is an obligation to care for those that care for the lands (fiefdom) that you are granted by the monarchy.

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Commoners, on their part, owe their allegiance to their lords and are obligated to defend those lands (knights) and pay taxes/rent to the landowners in exchange for food, shelter and protection.

So, we see that the relationship of a person to their ‘lord’ is different than their relationship to their ‘king’. But…what does this mean in the context of Bible phraseology for us today?

Government and God

Why is Christ called the Lord of His church and the head of His church, but never called the King of His church?

Why is it that every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, rather than confessing that Jesus is King?

Note from the above illustration, the distinction between Vassals and Sovereigns. This heirarchical structure forms the basis of the Suzerein (Sovereign) – Vassal treaty. The records of antiquity show that these treaties have existed since the establishment of human government after the flood of Noah’s day.

After the flood, an enigmatic figure named Nimrod appeared on the scene. He was called a mighty hunter of men who rose to power through deception, violence and intimidation. Using his status among men, he sought to establish himself as a sovereign king of a one world government.

He apparently served as an agent of demonic intention, conscripting his fellow men to build a tower to the heavens. This tower would serve as an altar to worship the hosts of heaven and satisfy the blood lust of demons through human sacrifice. The religious system that began here was the mother-child cult that the Holy Spirit later reveals to be “Babylon, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth”. (Revelation 17:5)

This system would later take on various identities – as the following chart describes. Each of these had the same result of enslaving men to serve demonic hosts.

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This plan was thwarted when God intervened to confuse their languages and scatter mankind throughout the earth (Genesis 11:9). From that time, God has sovereignly set the boundaries of the habitations of various people groups. Their distrust of one another would act as a check on abounding evil. (Romans 13:1-7)

God always had the intention of calling out a people unto His own name who would be distinct from the mother-child cult of Nimrods’ fame. As the nations were scattered, they each developed religious systems that were founded on the mother-child cult.

God called Abram out of Ur of the Chaldees and established a covenant legally ratified in the manner of a Suzerein-Vassal treaty. (Genesis 15:17,18) Titles of nobility were granted and confirmed to Abraham’s descendants through Isaac and Jacob. These titles were accompanied by promises of Land, Seed and Blessing. The nation of Israel that came from Jacobs sons was intended by God to be a foil to these abominations of the mother-child cults.

However, as the chart indicates, even Israel returned to serve the Queen of heaven (Jeremiah 7:18; 44:17). Rather than being lords submissive to God, their king, Israel became a vassal to the lords of this world. It is crucial to recognize that by failing in this way, like Adam in the garden, Israel forfeited its dominion mandate and was doomed to be carried away into captivity by her enemies.

The Church and Israel

Now, I do not see that the church was ever given a dominion mandate. That is a role that is exclusive to the nation of Israel. The role of the church appears to be more of an insurgency. That is, her purpose is to infiltrate the enemies camp and occupy the strongholds within the enemies territory. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6). The presence of the Holy Spirit indwelling the church would also serve as a powerfully restraining influence on the growth of evil. (2 Thessalonians 2:6,7)

The church was not given a mandate to defeat flesh and blood enemies and occupy geographical territory. Instead she is to wage war against the spiritual foundations of vassal nations that serve the god of this world. Her mandate to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature was given with the promise that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against her”. (Matthew 16:18)

The new covenant established in the church mandates the Lordship of Christ over every human government. It calls souls called out of every nation, tongue and tribe based on forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:27-29). This means that Jesus has voluntarily taken a subservient role to the throne of God (Philippians 2:6). As a result, He is given legal title to the earth and its inhabitants (Matthew 28:18). He is to care for His subjects and they are to serve Him.

However, the church is not given a mandate to bring her King to the throne of His Kingdom on earth. Sadly, this is a foreign idea for much of mainline Christendom. [Notice the difference between ‘my Father’s kingdom’ (Matthew 26: 29) where the church will see Him again, and ‘my kingdom’ (Luke 22:30) where the apostles will judge Israel on the earth].

Calling Upon The Name

The only thing that can bring the King to His rightful throne on earth is for Israel to proclaim of Jesus Christ, “Blessed is He that comes in name of the Lord” (Matthew 23:39)

Even though the church already acknowledges that Jesus is King, it is only when Israel’s leaders submit to Jesus Christ as their King that He will receive the recognition of having a legal title as King of kings and Lord of lords. (Only then will ‘the earth receive her King’)

So, by what name should we in the church know Him? If He is King of kings and Lord of lords, why is that when Jesus returns, every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father and not that Jesus is King? (Philippians 2:10,11)

It is because His Lordship is a legal transaction. The victory that the Lord Jesus won as a result of His death, burial and resurrection transfers back to the throne of God the title to the earth that the first Adam forfeited to the devil. Confessing Jesus as Lord of all legally ratifies that transaction.

So now, why is it that the prophet Daniel names the Son of Man ‘Messiah the Prince’ (Daniel 9:25)? We will look at this question a little closer in the next post.

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