Monday, July 25, 2016

Both Lord and Christ

All scripture references, unless otherwise noted, are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. The Hebrew and Greek meaning of the words mentioned are from Strong's Hebrew Greek Dictionary.
The Apostle Peter in the first ever Christian message told his Jewish listeners in Acts 2:36  "...let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." This is a telling statement. I recall the scripture in Deuteronomy 18:15-19 where Moses told Israel, "The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.  First Moses reminded the Children of Israel that they desired that God would not speak to them as they would hear Moses. Then God spoke directly to Moses and confirmed what Moses told the Children of Israel by saying "...They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him." 

My understanding of the term, "Christ," in the Greek is "Χριστός Christos (pronounced) khris-tos' (and is) From G5548; (and means) anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus: - Christ." So when Apostle Peter declared to those Jews that day that they had killed the Christ, they became aware that it was their Messiah they had put to death. It is no wonder then that their question in verse 37 was "...Men and brethren, what shall we do?" It was at this juncture that Peter said those words in Acts 2:38 that resonate with us to this day, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

But what about the term Lord? Again the explanation in the Greek for the word used for "Lord," in Acts 2:36 is "κύριος (pronounced) kurios koo'-ree-os (and) From κῦρος kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority, that is, (as noun) controller; by implication Mr. (as a respectful title): - God, Lord, master, Sir." The same word was used in Acts 9:5 by the Apostle Paul after he had been knocked to the ground on the road to Damascus when he asked, "Who art thou Lord? Interestingly the same word was used in John 20:28 by the apostle who we have come to know as "doubting Thomas," when having seen the resurrected Christ said, "
My Lord and my God."

The Lord Jesus asked the Pharisees in 
Matthew 22:41-45 how King David could call God his Lord, (yes the same Greek word was used), if he was to be his son? To me the bottom line is when Peter preached that first Christian message to the Jews that day, he said that "God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." he was saying to his hearers that the one they had crucified at Calvary was both God Almighty and the promised Messiah.

My friend, if you have never acknowledged Jesus Christ as your Supreme Lord and Christ or Messiah, do so today before it is too late! He is the only one whom God has ordained to be the Saviour of the world. Repent to God and turn away from your sins. Put your faith in the Lord Jesus and be baptised in Jesus name for the forgivness of those sins. If you will do so, God has promised to fill you with His Holy Spirit.

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