Earliest Christian Creed
evident from the New Testament that the earliest Christian
creed, or profession of belief, was one of few words: "Jesus
is Lord." But the simplicity and brevity of the statement
need not imply a "simple" Christology. When the earliest
Christians gave Jesus the title "Lord," they used it as a
divine title. The Greek word kyrios (which is translated
thus) was used in the Septuagint, rendering of Yahweh
(Jehovah), the Hebrew name of the God of Israel; and more
than once in the New Testament we find strict monotheists
like Paul and Peter quoting Septuagint passages where the
word kyrios is employed in this unique sense, and applying
them to Jesus of Nazareth."
Fyvie Bruce, "The Spreading Flame" Reprint (Grand
Rapids, MI: Wm B Eerdmans, 1979) p. 239.