Posts tagged ‘Yahweh’

July 15, 2008

Jesus is Lord

It is reckoned that the earliest and simplest of the Christian creeds comprised just three words; JESUS IS LORD.

Upon the strength of this straighforward confession believers were baptized and welcomed into the Christian community.  With this phrase they were making a statement about Jesus’ identity.  Lord(Kurios in Greek) was the word which the scholars used for God’s divine name(Yahweh) when they translated the Old Testament into Greek.

They knew LORD was a divine title, and they constantly employed it with reference to Jesus.  He was not the latest addition to the pantheon of Roman deities; He was unique in His birth, death and resurrection – and one day every knee would bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord!

Giving in to the pluralistic thinking that grants validity to every religion is false.  We are, if you like, stuck with the great New Testament affirmations of the uniqueness of Jesus.(Acts 4:12-Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.)

There is a myth gaining ground in our day – namely that the world religions(Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, etc) agree on the main things while disagreeing on only peripheral matters.  In fact the differences between them are profound.  The English poet Steve Turner makes this point well in his poem CREED:

“We believe that all religions are basically the same, at least the one that we read was, They all believe in love and goodness, They only differ on matters of creation, sin, heaven, hell, God and salvation”