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What about Lord and Christ?

Submitted: 2/20/2008
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Question: Can you please further explain Acts 2:36. What is the meaning that God has made Jesus both Lord and Christ? Acts 2:36 says, 'Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.'

Answer: Peter is saying that God has made this man we know as Jesus both the ruler of mankind (Lord) and the Savior of mankind (Christ). In Matthew 28:18 Jesus says, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.' In John 4:42 Jesus is called 'the Christ, the Savior of the world.' How did this man gain such prominent roles? God did it. Since sin entered the world through man, it was necessary for salvation to come through man. Therefore, God Himself became a man for the purpose of saving His people from their sins. But not only is God the Savior by means of His humanity, in His grace He is also our Lord by means of His humanity. In other words, God will not rule us and judge us from His status as the Supreme God, but rather from His status as one of us. This is why Paul could declare that God has 'appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained' (Acts 17:31).