Rolfe Barnard: "Christ is Lord Over All by God's Decree"

My friends, this matter of the Lordship of Christ will not be decided by you. It has already been decided. He is the Lord by Almighty God’s divine decree.

Rolfe Barnard - The Purpose Why Christ Died and Rose Again

The following is part 1 from a Rolfe Barnard sermon entitled, “The Purpose Why Christ Died And Rose Again.

For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. - Romans 14:9

In the first place, the Scriptures tell us that Jesus Christ is Lord of all by the eternal, divine decree of Almighty God.

Psalm 2:6–8, “Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.”

And the result of this is the right of the Lord Jesus Christ to rule over you, and over me, and over all mankind.

And this rightful Lordship is not based on our recognition of Him as Lord, but it is based on God’s recognition of Him as the Mediator between God and man. He is your Lord whether you recognize Him or not; He’s your Lord by divine decree.

He is not your Lord by you electing Him to be; He isn’t your Lord by you deciding to bow to Him; He is your Lord and that was settled before there was ever a star.

He is not simply the Ruler of those who are saved; He is the Ruler of all mankind. Praise God!

He has but to ask and the heathen are His; He has but to ask, and the uttermost parts of the earth are His possession. Everything that breathes is under the Lordship and the Rulership of the Lord Jesus Christ. And that was settled in a way that neither the devil nor your own evil bent will can change. That was settled by an eternal God and by an eternal decree. He said it and that settled it. He is Lord over all mankind.

That is one of the most solemn thoughts I have ever faced and one of the most solemn thoughts you need to face if you have not done it.

My friends, this matter of the Lordship of Christ will not be decided by you. It has already been decided. He is the Lord by Almighty God’s divine decree.

He has been given the authority over all flesh; He has been declared to be both Lord and God’s anointed. By an eternal decree, my Lord Jesus Christ has had everything turned over to Him. God, in recognition of the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, has anointed Him and appointed Him, thank God!

He did not run for the office. He did not seek out the office; He was appointed to this office by the Father.

And it does comfort this old preacher’s heart that this world is in the ruling, reigning hands of God’s anointed.

The devil can do nothing except under the providential will of a holy God.

And all things are ruling toward the hour when the Lord Jesus Christ shall have put down all authority, and all rule, and all power, and when all things shall be brought into subjection to Him.

And He shall bring a subjected world, some in judgment and some in salvation, and present a world won back to a recognition of the sovereignty of God.

And turn back that recognizing world to the Father, that the Godhead may be all in all.

Then I say by the eternal decree and by divine appointment, Jesus Christ is God’s appointed Lord over you and me and everybody else.

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This excerpt is from a Rolfe Barnard sermon entitled, "The Purpose Why Christ Died And Rose Again" from the book, The Sermons of Evangelist Rolfe Barnard. Edited by Eulala J. Bullock. Free PDF edition by Grace-eBooks.com.