Chrisope, Terry. Confessing Jesus as Lord. Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 2012. 352 pp. $19.99. Purchase at Amazon for less.
Dr. Terry Chrisope serves as Professor of History and Bible at Missouri Baptist University where he has also written Towards a Sure Faith: J. Gresham Machen and The Dilemma of Biblical Criticism. He also serves as a Sunday School teacher at First Baptist St. Peters, MO. Finally, he was on my ordination council back in 2006 and never said a word!
Divided into four parts, Chrisope has rewritten his much shorter 1982 work, Jesus is Lord, to the point that this is an entirely new work though its roots run 30 years deep. In the first part, he looks at the Old Testament’s anticipation of the Messiah. In part two, he reviews the historical establishment of Jesus’ Lordship.
Part three looks at the apostolic proclamation of Jesus as Lord while part 4 seeks to explain the implications and importance of Jesus’ Lordship. Three appendices look at the meaning of ‘Lord,’ John Murray’s explanation of they Hypostatic Union, and finally, the Scripture as an expression of Jesus’ Authority.
Chrisope, in his meticulous style, leaves no stone unturned. His writings rest solely on the Word of God thus making any argument on the topic of the Lordship of Jesus with the Bible and not with him. Yes, one may argue against his opinions, but they will need to root their discussion in the Bible.
He engages some of the discussion against Lordship Salvation, but chooses instead to let the weight of the Word of God have its say.
In the end, I believe his best, and most pastoral chapter, is the final, and I believe the shortest, is the final chapter. Here, Chrisope looks as the Practical Significance of the Confession of Jesus as Lord. In this chapter he looks at the application of this doctrine for the non-Christian (in other words, your evangelism) and the evangelical Christian. This includes a call to reconsider methodology and preaching styles. Finally, he looks at the application to the impact on Western culture and theological liberalism at large. Here, one finds a seed for yet another book.
If you call Jesus your Lord and Savior, I highly recommend this resource to you. It is a bit technical, but well-written. Understanding the deeper implications of Jesus as Lord offers us a lifetime of study. Christendom is indebted to Terry Chrisope for writing this book.