The Supreme Lord
The Scriptures constantly affirm that the Jesus Christ is the supreme Lord. To take this away from Him is to devalue the honour and glory of God expressed in the Trinity. In this study we shall look at several verses which describe His supremacy over all things, and in doing so confirm our belief that He is truly and wholly God.
The Supremacy of Christ
“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him 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” (Ephesians 1:19-21). Paul clearly states that the Lord Jesus Christ is supreme both on this side of eternity and on the next. Man, with his many religions and belief systems, has attempted to dethrone Christ and strip Him of all power, glory and honour. Every one of them have a devilish hatred of Him and of those who stand by what the Bible teaches about Him. Satan has invented many ways to remove from people’s minds the fact of Jesus’ Lordship, but after 2,000 years millions still profess Him to be the One “who is over all, God blessed for ever” (Romans 9:5). Despite the attempts of ecumenism, liberal theology, evolution and atheism Christ is still on the Throne. “Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him” (1 Peter 3:22). Christ rules Heaven with the Father and the Holy Spirit, and all things are under His authority. This means that no other can take His place, though man has sought to replace Christ with Mary, Mohammed, Joseph Smith and several other human beings. It is before His throne that all humanity will have to one day bow the knee and acknowledge His Lordship. “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 2:10-11).
The unlimited power of Christ
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18). Christ’s power is unlimited, for it covers everything in Heaven and on earth. This is exactly what Daniel understood when he received a vision of the glory of the Lord, “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13-14). So it is little wonder that the apostle Paul could declare in reference to Christ, “For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him” (1 Corinthians 15:27). He further states in Ephesians 1:21 that Jesus is “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.”
The doctrine of the deity of Jesus Christ states that Jesus possesses all the divine attributes of God. These special characteristics include His omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, immutability, and eternality. As God, He has unlimited power to save, heal and set free all who come to Him. This supremacy extends to His divine right to pass judgement on all, “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom” (2 Timothy 4:1). C. I. Scofield stated, “Either Jesus was the Son of God or He, the only sinless Being of whom any record has come down to man, was a conscious impostor, a blasphemous wretch or a deluded enthusiast. That a sinless Being would consciously, deliberately commit the most flagrant of all sins in the violation of the First Commandment, “Thou shall have none other gods before me” (Deuteronomy 5:7), could be explained only on the ground of insanity.” Those who Jesus came into contact with understood His true nature, especially when He displayed His power. “Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, Return to thine own house, and show how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him” (Luke 8:38-39). This man believed Jesus to be God, exactly what He intended him to believe.
The very fact that Jesus says in Revelation 1:8, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty”, ought to convince us both of His divinity and His supremacy (see also Revelation 1:11, 21:6, 22:13). His many miracles, from raising the dead, healing the sick, walking on water to casting out devils, is proof enough that all power and authority belong to Him.
Job, who knew that his “Redeemer liveth” (Job 19:25), also said, “I know that thou canst do every thing” (Job 42:2), and would have agreed with Jeremiah 32:17, “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.”
“That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen” (1 Timothy 6:14-16), and we know this is speaking of Christ, for John writes in Revelation 17:14, “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.”