Heidelcast 191: What Must A Christian Believe? (9): “And I Believe In Jesus Christ, His Only Begotten Son, Our Lord” (part 2)

This is episode 9 in the series, What Must A Christian Believe? In this episode we are considering the third article of the Apostles’ Creed: “And I believe in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord, our Lord.” With this article we move to the second part of the Creed. In the first part of this episode we considered the Jesus of Nazareth as God the Son, as the as the son of Man, and as the eternally begotten Son of God. In this part we consider what it means to say, “our Lord. For some this phrase, “our Lord” might evoke the Lordship controversy, which began in the 1980s, which continues and lies in the background of some of the contemporary discussions about justification and sanctification. Some evangelicals speak of “making Christ Lord” and others reject that Christ is really, actually ruling over all things. They look forward to a future in which he will actually begin to rule over all things. Still others argue that one can have Christ as a Savior without submitting to his Lordship by responding to his grace, by living, in union with Christ, by grace, through faith a life of piety and godliness. In the episode we also discuss the biblical and historic Christian doctrine that a personal faith in Christ is necessary for salvation, the biblical and historic doctrine of hell (i.e., the wrath of God from which we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone and the biblical and Christian doctrine that Christ alone is the way of salvation contra universalism.



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