Charles Hodge – Christ is Lord

18 Jan

[Commenting on Ephesians 1:2]

The word “Lord” is indeed used in Scripture in the sense of master and as a honorary title, as in English (master or sir). But on the other hand, it is the translation of Adonai, “supreme Lord,” an incommunicable name of God and the substitute for Jehovah, a name the Jews would not pronounce. It is in this sense that Christ is the Lord, the Lord of lords, the Lord God – Lord in that sense in which God alone can be Lord – having a dominion of which divine perfection is the only adequate or possible foundation. This is the reason why no one can call him Lord except by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3). That is a confession which implies the apprehension of the glory of God as it shines in Christ. It is an acknowledgment that he is God manifested in the flesh. Blessed is everyone who makes this acknowledgment with sincerity, for flesh and blood cannot reveal the truth therein confessed, but only the Father in heaven.

~Charles Hodge~


Crossway Classic Commentaries – Ephesians (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 1994)

Books by Charles Hodge

One Response to “Charles Hodge – Christ is Lord”

  1. JR January 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Reblogged this on Shattered By Grace.

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