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June 1, 2021

Jesus Christ, the Leader and the Savior (1)

Acts 5:30 The God of our fathers has raised Jesus, whom you slew by hanging Him on a tree. (31) This One God has exalted to His right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

[Part 1 of 2] Jesus' incarnation made Him a man, His human living on earth qualified Him to be man's Savior, His crucifixion accomplished full redemption for man, His resurrection vindicated His redemptive work, and His exaltation inaugurated Him to be the ruling Leader that He might be the Savior. The Greek word rendered "Leader" is archegos, meaning author, origin, originator, chief leader, captain. God exalted the Man Jesus, rejected and killed by the Jewish leaders, as the highest Leader, the Prince, the Ruler of the kings to rule over the world, and the Savior to save God's chosen people. "Leader" is related to His authority, and "Savior" to His salvation. He rules sovereignly over the earth with His authority so that the environment may be fit for God's chosen people to receive His salvation (Acts 17:26-27). According to Revelation 1:5, He is the Ruler of the kings of the earth. In a very real sense, Christ as the Ruler of the kings dethrones all the kings. Only He is the Ruler. Furthermore, according to Revelation 19:16, He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. As the Ruler, He rules the entire earth. It may seem that kings and presidents rule the earth and that the Lord Jesus is not on the throne. Nevertheless, this One who seems not to be on the throne is the Ruler of all the enthroned ones. Today the entire world is under the Lord's ruling. He is truly the Leader, the chief Ruler. [continued tomorrow]

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Acts, pp.145-146. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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