Christians are people who accept Christ as their Lord.
The word for ĎLordí has two meanings. It means a master; in other words, Christians should obey Christ. However, Paulís word for ĎLordí is also the translation of Godís holy name from the Hebrew language. Therefore, Paul taught that Christ is God.
There are different opinions about the meaning of verse 4, and these differences show in some Bible translations. However, in the original language (Greek), verses 3 and 4 seem to discuss the nature of Christís body, and of Christís spirit. Christ has always been God (John 1:1-4), but he became a man in order to help us to know God (John 1:9-14).
So, Christ was born into the family of King David (Luke 1:27; Luke 2:4). That was Israelís royal family, although they had lost their power several centuries earlier. However, Godís plan for that family had not ended. So, Isaiah 11:1-5 promises that a truly great king would come from the family of Jesse, Davidís father. Micah 5:2 says that this king would be from Bethlehem, Davidís town. These passages are about Christ.
In our opinion, verse 4 is about the true nature of Christís spirit. The spirit is the reality of who someone is. The reality is that Christ is God the Son. There is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Many people consider it difficult to believe that Christ is God. However, that fact becomes clear when we realise the greatness of his power. Christ defeats the power of death (1 Corinthians 15:55-57), the devil (Hebrews 2:14) and evil deeds (8:1-4). He causes dead people to live again (8:11). So, Godís people will always live with him (Romans 8:18-21; Revelation 21:1-5). However, even his enemies will have to recognise who Christ really is (Philippians 2:9-11).
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