Grace Protestant Reformed Church

I Believe in the Lord

Date: AM
Text: Romans 10; Lord's Day 13
Psalters: 259, 324, 4, 199
Series: Heidelberg Catechism (2015-16)
  1. The confession explained.
    1. Jesus Christ is supreme Lord of the entire universe.
      1. He is this by being its Creator (John 1:1-3; Col. 1:16).
      2. He is this by virtue of His exaltation (Eph. 1:20-22).
      3. Jesus is the only Lord over all - not in a class of lords.
    2. Also Jesus is Lord in a special way to His people because He bought them with His blood and He rules over us by His grace.
      1. Jesus paid the price for His people freeing us from the slavery of sin and Satan and making us to be His precious property.
      2. The Lord counted the souls of His brethren to be more precious than His own. What grace!
  2. How does this confession reveal itself?
    1. Having redeemed us, He establishes His throne in our hearts. He realizes His Lordship in us; we do not make Him our Lord.
    2. To confess that Jesus is Lord is to say that He has rights to me.
    3. We surrender ourselves to Him.
    4. To confess His Lordship in this world means we receive the hatred of the world.
      1. They hate His Lordship and therefore those that confess it. So, if we bow to His Lordship we can expect tribulation.
      2. But we can still be of good cheer for He has overcome the world.
  3. The great implications of our acknowledging Jesus' Lordship.
    1. First, all who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Rom. 10:13).
    2. Second, this fact brings a great obligation.
    3. Third, His Lordship gives great comfort.