Patrick Fairbairn on Christ’s Lordship over all men

Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
[F]rom the moment he died on the cross, all power was given to him in heaven and on earth; he was made head over all things—the Father’s anointed king, whom every creature was bound to honour and obey. Whether men will or not, therefore, in one sense they must be drawn to Christ; they are within the limits of his empire, subject to his lordship and control—allied to him, if not as willing, loving, and devoted subjects, then as vanquished rebels and captives; if not to live and reign with him as fellow-heirs of glory, then to be ruled over and dashed in pieces as with a rod of iron.

Ah! it is a hopeless struggle for men to wrestle against Christ—to endeavour to cast from them the cords of dutiful allegiance, with which he seeks to attach them to himself, and to break his bands asunder. The cords of love they may indeed cast from them, the bands of grace they may break, but only to be bound with the iron chains of his irresistible dominion, and dragged at his chariot-wheels of victory. They may kick now against the offers of his salvation, but it must inevitably be to kick against the pricks, wounding to the death their own souls; for now the kingdom is the Lord’s; he who died and rose again is the governor among the nations; all are being gathered into his net, the good to be laid up in his treasure-house, the bad to be cast away into outer darkness.

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