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Part One

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Christian prayer is characterized by the title “Lord,”

whether in the invitation to prayer (“The Lord be with you.”), its

conclusion (“through Christ our Lord”), or the exclamation full of

trust and hope:

Maran atha

(“Our Lord, come!”), or

Marana tha

(“Come, Lord!”)—“Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”

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IN BRIEF

452

The name Jesus means “God saves.” The child born of

the Virgin Mary is called Jesus, “for he will save his

people from their sins” (

Mt

1:21): “there is no other

name under heaven given among men by which we

must be saved” (

Acts

4:12).

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The title “Christ” means “Anointed One” (Messiah).

Jesus is the Christ, for “God anointed Jesus of Naz­

areth with the Holy Spirit and with power” (

Acts

10:38). He was the one “who is to come” (

Lk

7:19), the

object of “the hope of Israel” (

Acts

28:20).

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The title “Son of God” signifies the unique and eternal

relationship of Jesus Christ to God his Father: he is the

only Son of the Father (cf.

Jn

1:14,18; 3:16,18); he is God

himself (cf.

Jn

1:1). To be a Christian, one must believe

that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (cf.

Acts

8:37;

1 Jn

2:23).

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The title “Lord” indicates divine sovereignty. To con-

fess or invoke Jesus as Lord is to believe in his divinity.

“No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy

Spirit” (

1 Cor

12:3).

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1 Cor

16:22;

Rev

22:20.

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