"There Is One God And One Mediator Between God And Men, The Man Christ Jesus" 
1 Timothy (2:5)

Are There Two Lords? Prove It! (Jude 1:4)

 

 

But Ephesians 4:5 says that there is only One Lord, Why?

 

As with any writing the meaning of a particular verse is dependent upon the context of the entire passage AND must always remain in line with the Bible’s concept of God as a whole. We need to always remember that to the apostles Jesus was their Lord (their teacher or master, not their God). They believed Jesus was the “Christ”, “Son of God” and “Lamb of God” (Matthew 16:16, 20; John 1:34-36; Acts 8:37, 9:20). This is what they wrote and how they taught others (John 20:31; 1 John 4:15, 5:5). Ephesians 4:5 is in reference to the Lord Jesus Christ but it is not in reference to the Lord our God (Ref. Acts 2:36; Jude 1:4).

 

We need to be mindful that both the Hebrew and Greek translation of the word “lord” have different meanings depending on the context of the scripture passage.

 

 

 

God (The Father): Is Jehovah, Who Is Called LORD (All Caps)

Christ (The Son): Is Jesus, Who Is Called “Lord” (First letter capitalized only)

Both Are Called “Lord”

 

(Jude 1:4)


Throughout the Bible the word “lord” appears in 3 forms:

 

1) Entirely capitalized: LORD

Old Testament

 Where the word “LORD” is entirely capitalized in (KJV): It was done to show places where God’s name (Jehovah = Hebrew,  H 3068)  is mentioned.

 

 

 

God Said His Name Was: Jehovah (LORD)

יהוה

 

H3068 – Jehovah: YHWH/Yahweh

Note:  Both LORD and JEHOVAH translate precisely into the same Hebrew word: YHWH [<1>In Hebrew the name of God is represented by the tetragrammaton (“four letters”) יהוה (Yod Heh Vav Heh), transliterated into Roman script Y H W H; yehôvâh, yeh-ho-vaw’; H3068 From H1961; (the) self-Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: – KJV: Jehovah, Compare H3050, H3069. Since ancient Hebrew had no written vowels, it is uncertain how the name was pronounced originally, but there are records of the name in Greek, which did have written vowels. It is from these records that some believe the name should be pronounced “Yahweh.” Shortly before the first century A.D., it became common for Jews to avoid saying the divine name for fear of misusing it and breaking the second commandment (“You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain,” Deuteronomy 5:11). This resulted in the original pronunciation being lost. The name may have originally been derived from the old Semitic root הוה (hawah) meaning “to be” or “to become”. Whenever they read Scripture aloud and encountered the divine name, they substituted another Hebrew word, “Adonai” (which means “Lord” or “my Lord”), in its place. Eventually Hebrew developed written vowels, which appeared as small marks called vowel points and were placed above and below the consonants of a word. In the sixth or seventh century some Jews began to place the vowel points for “Adonai” over the consonants for “Yahweh” to remind the reader of Scripture to say “Adonai” whenever he read “Yahweh.”About the 13th century the term “Jehovah” appeared when Christian scholars took the consonants of “Yahweh” and pronounced it with the vowels of “Adonai.” This resulted in the sound “Yahowah,” which has a Latinized spelling of “Jehovah.” The first recorded use of this spelling was made by a Spanish Dominican monk, Raymundus Martini, in 1270.The NIV Study Bible, 1985, in its concordance page 87 states in a footnote to the entry “LORD” the following: “This entry represents the translation of the Hebrew name for God, Yahweh, always indicated in the NIV by LORD.”
It represents the translation, but is not an actual translation, since “Yahweh” does not mean lord or master.
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, which is generally pronounced by modern scholars as “Yahweh” — sometimes called by scholars the “tetragrammaton” or “four letters.” The full spelling “Jehovah” was used four times by the King James translators (see Exodus 6:3, Psalms 83:18, Isaiah 12:2 and 26:4), and three times in transliterating Hebrew proper names (see: Genesis 22:14, Exodus 17:15 and Judges 6:24); it thus entered common English usage.

 

 

Note:

Ref. Strong’s Concordance (Hebrew/Greek Lexicon):

Where the word “LORD” is entirely capitalized in (KJV): It was done to show places where God’s name (Jehovah = Hebrew,  H3068)  is mentioned.

 

Usage Notes:

English Words used in KJV:

LORD 6510

GOD 4

JEHOVAH 4

variant 1 [Total Count: 6519]

יהוה

 

 

 

 

2) First letter capitalized: Lord

NOTE: In the Old Testament

The word Lord (used as a proper name of God only): Strong’s no. H136 “Adonay (ad-o-noy”); an emphatic form of H113

To show where God’s exclusive title, Adonay is mentioned in the “Old Testament”.
This title is only ever given to God. Never a man, angel or idol.

 

NOTE: In the New Testament

The word Lord [G2962] however is a respectful title and applies to both man and God.

It is also important to note that the word Lord does not translate into the word God.

 

[G2962] Usage Notes:

English Words used in KJV:

Lord 667

lord 54

master 11

sir 6

Sir 6

miscellaneous translations 4

[Total Count: 748]

 

3) No capitals: (my) lord

Old Testament

The word “lord” is us to show where the word, Adown is used as a term of respect towards someone other than God

Strongs no. H113 “adown (aw-done”); or (shortened) “adon (aw-done”); from an unused root (meaning to rule); sovereign, i.e. controller (human or divine):

 

[H113] Usage Notes:

English Words used in KJV:

lord 197

master(s) 105

Lord 31

owner 1

sir 1

[Total Count: 335]

 

NOTE:

Only God is called Jehovah or (the “LORD“)

Only one Man is called Lord Jesus (113 times) who is the “Son of God” called “the Christ”

(Matthew 16:16; Luke 9:20; John 20:31; 1 John 2:22) (2 John 1:3; 2 Corinthians 11:31; Ephesians 1:3; Ephesians 3:14)

Jesus is KING of KINGS and Lord of Lords (Revelation 17:14) of those who God gave him power (1 Corinthians 15:27-28 (NLT), 15:27-28 (KJV))

 

 

 

 

 

Are There Two Lords? Yes Indeed! Prove It

 

(1) The Lord of Lord(s)

 Psalms 136:3 (KJV) O give thanks to the Lord (H113) of lords (H113) for his mercy endureth for ever.

 

 

 

 

(2) The LORD said to my Lord

Psalms 110:1 (KJV) The LORD (H3068) said unto my Lord (H113), Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

 Psalms 110:1 (ASV) Jehovah saith unto my Lord (H113), Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

 

Note:

Ref. Strong’s Concordance (Hebrew/Greek Lexicon):

Where the word “LORD” is entirely capitalized (KJV): It was done to show places in the Bible where God’s name Jehovah (LORD H3068)  is mentioned.

Usage Notes:

English Words used in KJV:

LORD 6510

GOD 4

JEHOVAH 4

variant 1

[Total Count: 6519]

 

 

One master told the other master to sit at a specific location, at his Right Hand – two different masters mentioned.

 Mark 12:35-37 (KJV) “And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David? 36For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord (G2962) said to my Lord (G2962), Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. 37 David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son?”

 

 

It is further verified that God is the master who MADE the other to be a Lord and the CHRIST.

Acts 2:32-36 (KJV) “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. 33Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. 34For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 35Until I make thy foes thy footstool. 36Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

 

 

Hebrews 10:12-13 (KJV) “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.”

 

NOTE: The individual sitting down on the right hand of God is a MAN. We know that this man was Jesus, the one who was offered as the “one sacrifice for sins for ever”. It is nonsense to try and say God is sitting on the right hand of himself. It is also nonsense to say God’s power is sitting down at his right hand. This is exactly the position or place we would expect reserved for such a messiah as Jesus.

 

 

 

 

(3) The Lord God & Lord Jesus Christ

 

In this verse there are two different “Lord”(s) mentioned and identified independently.

Jude 1:4(KJV) For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

(4) Jesus calls his Father “Lord”

In Luke, Jesus calls his Father “Lord” (or master) of heaven and earth and thanks him and says:

Luke 10:21-22 (KJV) In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. 22All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.

Note: Jesus is clearly not talking to himself or about himself as being the Father or the “Lord” here.

 

The same situation holds true in John 4:23-26 below (Jesus is speaking here).

 John 4:23-26 (KJV) But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father (not I) seeketh such to worship him (not me). 24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.

 

 

 

——— Ref Notes ————


Christ is the English term for the Greek Χριστός (Khristós) meaning “the anointed one”. It is a translation of the Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ (Māšîa), usually transliterated into English as Messiah.

 

The word is used as a title, hence its common reciprocal use Christ Jesus, meaning “The Messiah Jesus” or that Jesus is the Christ, or the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament – therefore they called him Jesus Christ, meaning Jesus is “the anointed one”.  Followers of Jesus today are known as Christians we say that we believe Jesus was/is the Christ or Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament, yet we are told to believe and teach Jesus is God. God anoints and God is never called the anointed. (“How God anointed Jesus” Acts 10:38 also Hebrews 1:9)

 

NOTE: The scriptures we rely on fall in line with a number of passages containing words or phrases usually having multiple meanings. One very common conjecture made with many of the Greek written scriptures (what we call the New Testament) is that our conclusions (Jesus is God) are always indirectly drawn conclusions. The confusion lies between distinguishing scriptures in reference to God directly apart from those which are in reference to attributes God gave Jesus of himself. Considering the FACT that Jesus never claims to be GOD (Jesus never calls himself God or tells anyone to call him God) confirms those scriptures as speculative at best and unless it came from Jesus or God’s mouth alone they certainly cannot be called factual.

——— Ref Notes ————



Homoousian (Greek: μοούσιος, from the Greek: μός, homós, “same” and οσία, ousía, “essence, being”) is a technical theological term used in discussion of the Christian understanding of God as Trinity. The Nicene Creed describes Jesus as being homooúsios with God the Father — that is, they are of the “same substance” and are equally God. This term, adopted by the First Council of Nicaea, was intended to add clarity to the relationship between Christ and God the Father within the Godhead. It is however incorrect.

The concept of Jesus as being ‘god’ in a ‘homoousian’ sense (being of the same substance as God the Father) is a Greek term (not found anywhere in the Bible).

 

——— End Notes ————

Jesus often spoke figuratively (i.e., you see me you have seen the father) just as he did at his last supper (Jesus said that the bread He gave His disciples at the Lord’s Supper was His body and the drink was His blood (Matthew 26:26-28) yet these verses were not literally true.) Since we know scriptures should harmonize, we must therefore remember these facts in order to avoid over reaching or creating a far-fetched or illogical conclusion that is contradictory to other passages or sound doctrine.

 

 

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