Power to Subdue
The power of the Lord Jesus Christ is above all people, whether they are individuals or nations. Though the devil knows it and mankind ignores it, His rule transcends all earthly and spiritual power combined. “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him” (John 17:1-2). According to the flesh, He is the greatest person who has ever lived, yet He is the only Saviour and Lord that that world will ever have. He is greater and mightier than any founder of all the religions on earth.
“The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand” (John 3:35).
“All things” includes everything in the universe, and every part of it, down to the smallest particle, is under the dominion and control of the Lord Jesus Christ. “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: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church” (Ephesians 1:21-22). Science, evolution, atheism and religion have sought to rob Him of this authority and power, but one day both men and devils will have to call Jesus Lord, “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). From the above texts we clearly see that not only are all things in His hand, but they are also under His feet.
“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
Paul here describes the power of the Lord Jesus Christ as glorious. He is glorious in being, in word, thought and deed. We cannot see Him as anything less than God without taking away the glory of His power, for the same glorious power was exhibited by Jehovah in the Old Testament, “The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them” (Deuteronomy 33:2). It is this glorious power that will one day fill the entire earth, “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).
Moses speaks of God’s glory in terms of a shining light from the top of the mountain. From this we understand that His glorious power is like a gigantic explosion of light. No wonder fallen man will seek to hide themselves from Him in the Last Days, “And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth” (Isaiah 2:19) … “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:15-17).
“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 6:15-16).
If Jesus’ power is everlasting, then He must be “the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 40:28). His power has never had a beginning and will know no end. This means that there is no limit to His power and authority. The power of His shed blood is not limited to a few but is sufficient for all who come unto Him in repentance and faith, “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). There is no limitation to the things He can do, for He is the Creator of all things, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” (Philippians 3:21).
Everything will submit itself to the Lordship of Jesus Christ one day. We have already noted that all knees will bow before His throne, but He will also subdue our mortal flesh by refashioning it into a body that will be fit to dwell with Him eternally. “And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:49-54). Death will no longer have any control over our bodies, for the Lord will have vanquished this enemy of life for ever, “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 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. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:26-28).
Scripture gives Christ His rightful glory, honour and power. Though mankind feels at liberty to mock Him, it is He that they will one day stand before to be judged for everything they have done and said. If His power is not permitted to cleanse away their sin, it will consume them in wrath, “For our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29).