Aligning Yourself With the King of the Kingdom – Colossians 1:9-14
When we get born again, our position is shifted from the kingdom and dominion of Satan to the kingdom and Lordship of Jesus. This is a once and for all experience. But then, we must make a daily commitment to align our lives with the Kingdom demand of living under the Lordship of Jesus Christ for us to enjoy the full benefits of redemption and the continuous support of the Lord of the Kingdom, Jesus Christ. We do this by holding on to the confession of our faith that Jesus is Lord in whatever situations we find ourselves.
The Priority of Confessing Christ
The word “confess” means to openly and publicly affirm and declare where a person stands on an issue. Part of alignment under the authority of Jesus Christ involves a willingness to publicly declare and demonstrate commitment to and an association with Him. We read in the kingdom book of Matthew: “Therefore everyone who confesses me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32-33). It’s easy to say you believe in God. People pour so many variant definitions into the word “God” that when it comes down to it, just saying “God” doesn’t mean a whole lot anymore. However, when you publicly confess Jesus Christ, everyone knows who you are talking about. The name Jesus is ultra-specific.
Our Public Identity in Christ
Confessing Jesus publicly can be compared to a married person wearing a wedding ring. That ring is there on the finger to make a public declaration that there is a legal and binding relationship with someone else. There are a lot of Christians today who have married into the family of God as the bride of Jesus Christ, but don’t want to wear His ring. They don’t want other people to know that they are bound to Jesus in a covenantal relationship. As long as a Christian is a secret agent saint, then he or she won’t be accessing or maximizing the kingdom power and authority that is rightfully his or hers through the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Confess and Believe
What does it mean to confess and believe Jesus before one is saved as written in Romans 10:9-10 as compare to other passages of the bible that enjoins us to believe in Jesus to earn our salvation (John 3:16, Acts 16:31, John 5:24, Romans 4:4-5)? When a person accepts Jesus as their personal Savior (believe), His righteousness is immediately imputed to them as their righteousness. They are saved, in the eternal sense of the word. Yet when they make a public confession of Jesus Christ as Lord, they receive His deliverance in the here and now, in history. Note that the word “saved” means to be rescued or delivered. The reason a lot of people who are going to heaven are not seeing heaven join them in history is because they have believed within themselves that they are trusting Jesus Christ for their salvation. But they have not made an ongoing public confession, or declaration, of Him as their Lord, whether through word or deed.
Consider the bold confession of Daniel and his friends in Babylon (Dan. 3:16-18), Esther in Susa (Esther 4:15), and the disciples in the early Church (Acts 4:8-13). How will those examples challenge you to also be determined to align your life with the Lordship of Jesus?