"Jesus Is Lord"…The Answer to Everything?
Several months ago, I stumbled across something which seemed significant at the time, and has been growing in importance in my thinking ever since.
It is simple but profound, terse yet eloquent. I feel that here I have discovered perhaps the smallest kernel, the truest summary of what Christianity truly is.
In Romans 10:9-10 it says that simply declaring the phrase, « Jesus is Lord » in faith has the power to make one a Christian. Also, Paul uses this statement as a litmus test for telling whether a spirit is from God or a demon (1 Cor. 12:3). Since the New Testament sees wrong teaching as originating from « doctrines of demons, » (1 Tim. 4:1), could it be that this tiny phrase provides a sure guide, for sorting through the truth and error in that big tangle of philosophy, Scripture and human opinion, which is known generally as « Christian theology »?
The genius of this small phrase is that it is both an intellectual and a relational statement. Jesus is Lord – that is, He is in charge. He is God. He created the world, He is the ultimate judge of all morality, He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He is also my Lord. He is the one who has the right to tell me how to live. He has a right to tell me how to think. He has the right to give to me, and to take away. He has the right to…have rights over me. I have no rights over Him.
Most theologians make mistakes when they put the wrong thought at the middle of their philosophies. I am wondering if this simple phrase is the « key, » the true center for constructing a thoroughly « Christian » view of the world.
I’m looking forward to seeing how far this phrase will take me, as I continue to apply it and test it’s usefulness in day-to-day theology and life!