Lordship For Today

Jesus Christ Is Lord, by Peter Toon (Judson Press, 1979, 154 pp., $4.95 pb), is reviewed by W. Harold Mare, professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri.

The task Toon has set for himself in this work is “to explain what the Lordship of Jesus Christ means for Christian faith today.” In developing this theme he expounds the doctrine of the exalted Jesus who is Messiah and Lord, then discusses in detail the meaning the New Testament writers attached to Jesus’ ascension. This discussion includes Jesus as the promised Messiah-King of the Old Testament, the enthroned one who makes possible the good news of forgiveness of sins, who is the head of the church, who gives it the fullness of the Spirit, who prepares a place in heaven for his own, and who prays for them in their struggles against sin.

The author further applies his theme to Jesus as Lord of the nations and as the Lord of the church. He stresses the need for unity among Christians and questions why so many denominational groups are necessary, making it more difficult for competing groups to do the job of evangelism. Toon hastens to add to Jesus’ lordship his kingship over the universe. To this claim he adds that the Bible teaches Jesus is the Lord of all religions. Toon ends his discourse by explaining the exalted Jesus and Lord in the light of early Christian creeds. He climaxes his argument by stating that today’s Christian must consider Jesus as Lord by applying the ethic of Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount to his life and by following Jesus in a life of faith and holiness.

Toon is to be congratulated on his fine exegetical work. His explanation of a cultural, epistemological, and teleological relativism ...

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