Dear Sir / Mdm, Could you explain the difference between LORD and GOD. I am very confused over these 2. All the while, I have thought that LORD refers to JESUS, and GOD referred to our heavenly FATHER. Please help to explain.

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Lord vs. God
 
Q Dear Sir / Mdm, Could you explain the difference between LORD and GOD. I am very confused over these 2. All the while, I have thought that LORD refers to JESUS, and GOD referred to our heavenly FATHER. Please help to explain.
- Fiona
 
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The Greek word Kurios, translated in English as Lord, was used by Greek-speaking Jews to translate YHWH, the sacred, unpronounceable name of God.  The use of that title by the earliest Christians to address Jesus was one of the tell-tale signs that they viewed Him as somehow equal with God.  It must be remembered that it took time for Christians to flesh out the enormity of what had been revealed in Jesus.  As good Jews the first Christians could not bring themsleves to call Jesus 'Theos' (God), but their regular use of 'Kurios' shows that indeed they regarded Him as such.

Since Jesus is the Second Person of the Trinity, and since He is properly the 'Son of' God, it could be argued that the title 'God' unadorned belongs properly to the Father as the fountainhead of the entire Trinity. 

Common usage, however, has made 'Lord' and 'God' interchangeable and so in our everyday speach both titles apply equally to both Persons.  And theologically that is very fitting as the Father and Son are eternally co-equal.

- Fr Bob
Lord vs. God