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Why Is It That Jesus Christ is Only a "Lord" Rather Than "King" or "Prince"?

Because aren't those two titles higher in authority than 'Lord'? Don't their commands overrule the commands of a 'Lord.'

He said He has "overcome the world." Doesn't that make Him its conqueror? Wouldn't the world then call him 'king' or 'emperor' or 'czar'?

Looking through the Old Testament, I see that 'they' (assuming the translators are right) always called God 'Lord.' Why didn't they call him 'King'?



  • Posts: 64
    I think this is an argument in semantics. Also the language in the Bible is old, and it has been translated. When language is translated there is always the possibility exact word to word translations do not exist, and the translation has to be the sprit of the word, not the letter. 
  • He has been called many different names in many different languages--descriptions depicting authority and a high place of honor: Lord of lords, King of kings, the Prince of Peace, etc. There are many ways that Jesus is described by the prophets, biblical authors, and many theologians or church leaders that came afterwards that can give us further insight into who he is. As Pope Francis invited his audience to do in his Nov 23, 2014 homily, we must, "fix our gaze on Christ, the King of the Universe." While there are many near-synonyms we could employ, we should be confident that Jesus is Lord. 
  • Posts: 129
    Those are just titles bestowed by people. When the term Lord was bestowed on Jesus, it may be the highest accolade that befits a God because King is mostly used for man. Some cultures have been using the word Father like the African tribes. So I don't see any big deal for that Lord and King words. Like what @Simona said, it is just semantics and that depends on the time when the Bible was written.
  • The word Lord is not only a title, it is also used as a verb. As in "to lord over' or to rule over something or someone. That is why there are words like Warlord or Overlord... It just basically means they are above a certain group thus giving them power over said group. In this case, the title Lord is higher than King or any other superlative titles and in fact has a larger reach. If you associate the word lord as someone who rules over instead of a title... it makes real sense.
  • Posts: 36
    To answer your question, you might be interested to read this verses from your bible:

    Isaiah Chapter 9:6
    For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

    That verse alone will tell you that Jesus and the Father are one.

    Revelation 17:14

    They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful."

  • Posts: 44
    My take on the titles in the Bible are dependent on the writers. Even the modern day writers have their own title of respect like Her Royal Highness for the queen of England. In other countries there is the "your majesty" and some other titles that I think was the issue with the writers of the Bible. But whatever is the title does not mean literally but just figuratively. 
  • Posts: 28
    Well, is Jesus a Lord? I guess it is more apt than calling him a "king" or a "prince", since in my opinion, those two titles are a lot lesser in rank compared to "Lord".
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