- “The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.” (II Corinthians 11:31)
- “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” (Ephesians 1:3)
- “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” (I Peter 1:3)
There it is, three times in the New Testament: in two (?) of Paul’s epistles and once in an epistle ascribed to Peter. In the first chapter of Romans he addressed the believers in Rome: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” It appears to me that he considered God our Father and “the Lord Jesus Christ” as two separate entities.Finally he directed us to pray to our Father; I wonder how it happened that some Christians seem to pray exclusively to Jesus.
In those days the term ‘Lord’ did not necessarily imply diety. It was a mark of respect, such as what is owed to one’s employer, one’s superior of any sort, particularly to one’s religious authority.God likewise had a far different meaning than it does in current thought. The Caesors beginning with Julius Caesar (in 44 B.C.) were successively deified until the advent of Emperor Constantine in the
4th Century: “At this point the growth of the Imperial cult ceased as the state religion slowly shifted to monotheism (Mithraism, Sol Invictus and Christian)”. (UNRV: Imperial Cult) But ‘Peter’ and Paul lived in the polytheistic culture of the Roman Empire.