By Em Sumaway

Philippians 2:9-11 forms the climax of what is sometimes called, carmen Christi, “the song of Christ.” Paul is probably quoting an early Christian hymn about Christ. In doing so, he gives it his apostolic imprimatur and confirmation. This hymn contains the following implications. The early Christians gave Jesus a God-title (“Lord”), and transferred to Him God-texts regarding the salvation He bestows and the homage He deserves, and offered Him God-worship.

Gadiel Isidro also points out another theological implication of the text—His redemptive Lordship. He writes that “on the basis of his death and resurrection, Jesus’ Lordship as Savior is confirmed. He is not just the Creator-Lord, but the Redemptive Lord.”[1] There is no salvation without Lordship and there is no Lordship without salvation. “The two affirmations, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and, ‘Jesus saves,’ are virtually synonymous.”[2] Both are inseparable and undivisible concepts. They are indissolubly linked together in Jesus Christ. This gives further weight to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. It is ever the church’s duty, when the opportunity arises, to share Christ as Lord and Savior to people—relatives, friends, neighbors, colleagues, even total strangers, who do not yet know Him as Lord and Savior.

There is no greater incentive to evangelism than the lordship of Jesus Christ. Evangelism is not an impertinent interference in other people’s private lives, or a dispensable option which may be rejected, but an unavoidable deduction from the universal lordship of Jesus Christ.

[1] Gadiel T. Isidro, Isidro Annotated New Testament (Cebu: El Theological Seminary; Gadiel T. Isidro, 2005), 337.

[2] Stott, Contemporary, 90.


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