Sunday, January 25, 2009

God hath made both Lord and Christ, this same Jesus

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Acts 2:36 means that Jesus was not always Lord

Acts 2:36 does not mean that Jesus was not always Lord. Scripture does not contradict itself; truth cannot contradict truth. St. Luke, when he recorded the statement of St. Gabriel the Archangel, clearly communicated that Christ is Lord and always has been Lord. It is written [Lk 2:11], "For this day is born to you a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David." Acts 2:36 itself quotes the statement of Pope St. Peter at Pentecost: "Therefore let all the house of Israel know most certainly that God hath made both Lord and Christ, this same Jesus, Whom you have crucified." The sense is not that Christ was not Lord before the Resurrection, but that God gave supernatural verification of Jesus' Messianic claims by raising Him from the dead on the third day; and thus Christ is said by the Sacred Scriptures to be "made" Lord. We know that this is the sense from the statement of St. Paul the Apostle in Rom 1:2-4: "Which He had promised before, by His prophets, in the holy scriptures, concerning His Son, Who was made to Him of the seed of David, according to the flesh, Who was predestined the Son of God in power, according to the Spirit of sanctification, by the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead…"

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