Universality of Christ’s messianic lordship


Not all so-called non-Christian culture is sinful, but neither is everything in culture relative.  Rather we are called to —

… not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.  This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God.  But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.                 1 John 4:1-3

This broad, all-encompassing Christology means that we must listen carefully to the new Christology that are arising in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Everything that does not contradict the biblical revelation about the historical Jesus Christ our Lord is open for consideration.  As Hendrikus Berkhof says —

“That Christ is the truth does not mean that there are no truths to be found anywhere outside of him, but it does mean that all such truths are fragmentary and broken unless they have become integrated in him as the center.”




“Cross-Examination: The Universal Lordship of Christ”




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