God is Lord; Jesus is Lord

Frame summarizes the confessions of faith of the Old and New Testaments:

Over and over [in the Old Testament], we are told that God performs his mighty deeds so that people “will know that I am the Lord” (Ex. 14: 4; cf. 6: 7; 7: 5, 17; 8: 22; 10: 2; 14: 18; 16: 6, 12; 29: 46; 31: 13; Deut. 4: 35; 29: 6; 1 Kings 8: 43, 60; 18: 37; 20: 13, 28; 2 Kings 19: 19; Ps. 83: 18; Isa. 37: 20; 2 Jer. 16: 21; 24: 7; Ezek. 6: 7, 10, 13, 14; 7: 4, 9, 27; 11: 10, etc.), or so that “my name might be proclaimed in all the earth” (Ex. 9: 16; Rom. 9: 17). We find “name” and “Lord” throughout the Scriptures, in contexts central to God’s nature, dignity, and relationship with his people. “Lord” is found in the New International Version of the Bible 7,484 times, mostly referring to God or to Christ.

The name Lord is as central to the message of the New Testament as it is to the Old Testament. Remarkably, in the New Testament the word kyrios, meaning “Lord,” which translates yahweh in the Greek translation of the Old Testament, is regularly applied to Jesus. If the Shema summarizes, in a way, the message of the Old Testament by teaching that Yahweh is Lord, so the confession “Jesus is Lord” (Rom. 10: 9; 1 Cor. 12: 3; Phil. 2: 11; cf. John 20: 28; Acts 2: 36) summarizes the message of the New Testament.

-John M. Frame, Doctrine of God


Posted on October 31, 2012, in Jesus Christ, John Frame and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I studies with John – he’s a great mind and an even greater heart for the Lord. You see all those biblical references in the text – he knows them, has read them and could exegete them on the spot. So glad to see he’s still writing and teaching.

  2. First, the Lord summarized in “shema” refers to Lord God Introduced by Moses to Israelite people (Dt.6:4) which is the Father (Dt.32:6) and not the Son Jesus Christ. Second, The Lordship of God is inherent in Him. He is Lord God from Everlasting (Ps.90:1-2) while the Lordship of Christ is not inherent in Him, He was made Lord by God (Acts 2:36). Therefore, their Lordships are different from each other. When Christ ascended to heaven He seated at the right hand of God (Col.3:1) and was identified as Lord Jesus seated at the right hand of the Lord God (Acts.2:34-35). Jesus being Lord that seated at the right hand of God could not be God for if He is, we would be compelled to accept that there would be two Gods, the one God seated with other God at His right hand which contradicts the essential truth taught by God Himself that there is no God beside Him (Isa.44:8). Thank You.

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