Unlimited: The Lord of Both the Dead and the Living
Oct 6, 2023 255
For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living (Romans 14:9).
This is a powerful thought. Christ died so that he might be the Lord of the dead, and he also died so that he might be the Lord of the living.
The apostle has just told us that if we die, we still belong to the Lord. We therefore don’t cease existing when we die, otherwise we couldn’t belong to the Lord. Now, the apostle Paul goes further. He tells us that Christ is “the Lord of both the dead and the living.”
Christ died so that he might be the Lord of the dead, and he also died so that he might be the Lord of the living.
When Jesus was asked about the resurrection by the Sadducees, who denied it, he replied:
…You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God… have you not read what God said to you, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living (Matt. 22:29,31–32.)
Christ defeated death and rose from the grave as the Lord of the dead. He is alive forever more as the Lord of the living. Jesus Christ is Lord of all. It is in this context of the universal authority and Lordship of Christ that Paul asks us to reconsider our need to judge other believers on issues such as the observance of days and diets.
How does the lordship of Christ influence your need to judge and condemn others?