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The Profession of Faith

113

rendered as

Kyrios,

“Lord.” From then on, “

Lord

” becomes the more

usual name bywhich to indicate the divinity of Israel’s God. TheNew

Testament uses this full sense of the title “Lord” both for the Father

and—what is new—for Jesus, who is thereby recognized as God

Himself.

60

447

Jesus ascribes this title to himself in a veiled way when he

disputes with the Pharisees about the meaning of

Psalm

110, but

also in an explicit way when he addresses his apostles.

61

Through-

out his public life, he demonstrated his divine sovereignty by

works of power over nature, illnesses, demons, death, and sin.

448

Very often in the Gospels people address Jesus as “Lord.”

This title testifies to the respect and trust of those who approach

him for help and healing.

62

At the prompting of the Holy Spirit,

“Lord” expresses the recognition of the divine mystery of Jesus.

63

In the encounter with the risen Jesus, this title becomes adoration:

“My Lord and my God!” It thus takes on a connotation of love and

affection that remains proper to the Christian tradition: “It is the

Lord!”

64

449

By attributing to Jesus the divine title “Lord,” the first

confessions of the Church’s faith affirm from the beginning that the

power, honor, and glory due to God the Father are due also to Jesus,

because “he was in the form of God,”

65

and the Father manifested

the sovereignty of Jesus by raising him from the dead and exalting

him into his glory.

66

450

From the beginning of Christian history, the assertion of

Christ’s lordship over the world and over history has implicitly

recognized that man should not submit his personal freedom in an

absolute manner to any earthly power, but only to God the Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ: Caesar is not “the Lord.”

67

“The Church

. . . believes that the key, the center, and the purpose of the whole

of man’s history is to be found in its Lord and Master.”

68

60 Cf.

1 Cor

2:8.

61 Cf.

Mt

22:41-46; cf.

Acts

2:34-36;

Heb

1:13;

Jn

13:13.

62 Cf.

Mt

8:2; 14:30; 15:22;

et al.

63 Cf.

Lk

1:43; 2:11.

64

Jn

20:28;

Jn

21:7.

65 Cf.

Acts

2:34-36;

Rom

9:5;

Titus

2:13;

Rev

5:13;

Phil

2:6.

66 Cf.

Rom

10:9;

1 Cor

12:3;

Phil

2:9-11.

67 Cf.

Rev

11:15;

Mk

12:17;

Acts

5:29.

68

GS

10 § 3; cf. 45 § 2.

548

208, 683

641

461

653

668-672

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