According to an article in the April 22nd, 2007 edition of the Arizona Star, referring to Christ as Lord is quickly becoming a thing of the past.
Why? Well, according to the article;
“Lord” has become a loaded word conveying hierarchical power over things, “which in what we have recorded in our sacred texts, is not who Jesus understood himself to be,” St. Philip’s associate rector Susan Anderson-Smith said.
“The way our service reads, the theology is that God is love, period,” St. Philip’s deacon Thomas Lindell added. “Our service has done everything it can to get rid of power imagery. We do not pray as though we expect the big guy in the sky to come and fix everything.”
St. Philip’s isn’t the only local church to re-examine its language. Other local religious leaders already are eschewing the use of “Lord” for similar reasons. The First Congregational United Church of Christ in Midtown even has a different name for The Lord’s Prayer. They call it “The Prayer of Our Creator.”
Those who have qualms about calling Jesus ‘Lord’, have no experiential knowledge of Christ. They do not abide in Christ nor does He abide in them.
It is good not to look upon God as a some sort of genie in a bottle that awaits to fulfill our every wish. It is also true that “The Lord’s Prayer” is somewhat of a misnomer (John 17 is truly the Lord’s prayer), it is a huge mistake to refrain from calling Christ ‘Lord’ — unless, of course, as Luke 6:46 points out, you are a Christian in name only and are not living in loving obedience to all that Christ taught and exemplified. (See article: Understanding the Difference)
Applying the ESV English-Greek Reverse Interlinear New Testament to Luke 6:46, we learn the following about the word “Lord.”
κύριος [kurios /koo·ree·os/] n m. From kuros (supremacy); TDNT 3:1039; TDNTA 486; GK 3261; 748 occurrences; AV translates as ‘Lord’ 667 times, ‘lord’ 54 times, ‘master’ 11 times, ‘sir’ six times, ‘Sir’ six times, and translated miscellaneously four times. 1 he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord. 1a the possessor and disposer of a thing. 1a1 the owner; one who has control of the person, the master. 1a2 in the state: the sovereign, prince, chief, the Roman emperor. 1b is a title of honor expressive of respect and reverence, with which servants salute their master. 1c this title is given to: God, the Messiah.
Strong, James: The Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible
This is the title given to the Messiah. Yeshua, that is ‘Jesus’, IS the Messiah, the Savior of ALL mankind.
“There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them.” –Acts 4:12
“In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God. He was in the beginning with God. He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn’t make. Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone. The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” –John 1:1-5
Refusal to acknowledge Christ as ‘Lord’, is to deny His deity. To deny His deity is to deny His very existence. To deny Christ is to blaspheme (that is, to go against the Holy Spirit), as it is the Spirit that convicts us of our sin and makes known to us the things of God. (See 1 Corinthians 2)
“Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord‘ except by the Holy Spirit.” –1 Corinthians 12:3
As the New Bible Dictionary points out;
The mark of the Spirit is both the recognition of Jesus’ present status (1Cor. 12:3; 1Jn. 5:6-12) and the reproduction of the character of his sonship and resurrection life in the believer (Rom. 8:11, 14-16, 23; 1Cor. 15:45-49; 2Cor. 3:18; Gal. 4:6; 1Jn. 3:2).
The roots of subsequent Trinitarian theology are perhaps evident in Paul’s recognition that the believer experiences through the Spirit a twofold relation, to God as father (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6) and to Jesus as Lord (1Cor. 12:3).
Wood, D. R. W.: New Bible Dictionary. InterVarsity Press, 1996, c1982, c1962, S. 1129
- Between Darkness and Light (focusedandfree.com)
- Living Life In Christ (focusedandfree.com)
- Understanding the Difference (focusedandfree.com)
- The Glory of the Lord (focusedandfree.com)
Categories: Thoughtful Commentary
Karl D Rhoads
I am a Married, Forgiven, Imperfect Follower of Christ.
I am a recovered alcoholic (since July 12, 1999) and an ordained minister of the Gospel of Christ (since July 6, 2002).
I have been saved from the grave (more then a few times) by the loving hand of the God and Father of our Lord, Christ Jesus.
My heart's desire is to meet the needs of others with the love of Christ as he directs and enables me to do so.