Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jesus = God in Acts

In contrast to the emperor, the ultimate Lordship of Jesus Christ in Acts just is the Lordship of God. Indeed, the God of Israel and Jesus Christ do not stand in competition for the designation κύριος [Lord] but rather share this identity. In case there is any doubt about this, we may dispense with it by brief recollection of the use of the OT in Acts 2:16-21, where Peter counters the charge of drunkenness with a citation of Joel 3:1-5 (LXX). “‘and in the last days,’ says God [ὁ θεός], ‘I will pour out my Spirit…and show wonders…before the day of the Lord [κυρίου] comes, that great and manifest day. And it shall be that whoever calls on the name of the Lord [τὸ ὄνομα κυρἰου] shall be saved.”—World Upside Down, page 111

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