Shalom! My name is Adam Pastor

Welcome to ADONI MESSIAH which means
"My Lord Messiah" -
a fitting epithet to who Jesus (or Yeshua) is!

Here, I attempt to present the Apostolic Truths according to the Scriptures, that there is
One GOD, the Father, namely, YAHWEH,
and One Lord, GOD's only begotten Son,
Yeshua the Messiah.

And that one day YAHWEH will send His Son back to Earth to inaugurate the Everlasting Kingdom of GOD



Enjoy!


Friday, February 01, 2008

Is Jesus God according to the Bible? - The Book of Revelation

Taken from: www.JOHN17-3.ORG - Some editing has been done


The Book of Revelation

The book of Revelation is sometimes used selectively by those wanting to make Jesus into God.  Jesus is plainly distinguished from God throughout the book, just like every other book in the new testament.

Jesus is not the Lord God

  • Rev 1:1  The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
  • Rev 1:2  who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.
  • Rev 1:3  Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.

Right off the bat, Jesus is distinguished from God. 
God gave Jesus the revelation to show to his servants! 

  • Rev 1:4  John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne,
  • Rev 1:5  and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood

John gives a greeting from the One who is and was and is to come on the throne AND from Jesus Messiah.  Jesus is not the one who is, was, and is to come on a throne, remember that ...

Rev 1:6  and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Notice John says Jesus made us a kingdom, priests to HIS GOD AND FATHER.  Jesus has a God and Father.

Rev 1:7  Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.

John speaks of Jesus’ coming in judgment.

Rev 1:8  "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God,
"who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."

Many mistake the speaker with Jesus because it is in red letter in their bibles.  However the context clearly shows this is God the Father.  God the Father is clearly identified in verse 4 as the One who is, was, and is to come, sitting on his throne.  Jesus is clearly distinguished from this God in verses 1,2,5,6.

We see the same thing in Revelation chapters 4 and 5.

  • Rev 4:1  After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this."
  • Rev 4:2  At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne.
  • Rev 4:3  And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald.

John again sees the Lord God sitting on the throne…

  • Rev 4:8  And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!"
  • Rev 4:9  And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever,
  • Rev 4:10  the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
  • Rev 4:11  "Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created."

They are praising the Lord God Almighty on the throne who is, was, and is to come. 
The same Lord God Almighty on the throne in Rev 1:4,8 and it is not Jesus.

  • Rev 5:6  And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
  • Rev 5:7  And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne.

Jesus is described as the lamb who takes the scroll from the Lord God Almighty on the throne! 
Jesus is clearly not the Lord God Almighty who is was and is to come!

  • Rev 11:15  Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,
    "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever."
  • Rev 11:16  And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God,
  • Rev 11:17  saying, "We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign."

Jesus is never confused with God, he is always distinguished from the Lord God throughout the book.
The term “Lord God Almighty” is used 7 times in the book of Revelation and not once is it referring to Jesus! 
The Lord God Almighty on the throne is explicitly distinguished from his Christ (anointed one).

 

  • Rev 21:22  And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.
  • Rev 7:10  and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"

Jesus is the Lamb who is utterly distinct from the Lord God Almighty.

Rev 3:12  The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.

What part is difficult to understand?  Only a person who comes into this book with the presumption that the trinity is true could possibly distort this book in such a way as to ignore the plain reading in favor for a heavily qualified Trinitarian version.  Like Isaiah, when John is given a vision into the heavenly throne room, he doesn’t see a trinity of three persons on three thrones. 
He sees a single throne with God the Father on it surrounded by angels! 
The word “god” is found 87 times in the book of Revelation, not once is it used for Jesus!  Trinitarians want us to believe the word “god” means a compound unity of 3 co-equal and co-eternal persons yet the bible never defines it that way.  Instead we see Jesus repeatedly distinguished from the Lord God!

Is Jesus God according to the Bible? - The Epistles

Taken from: www.JOHN17-3.ORG - Some editing has been done



The Epistles - The Christian Creeds

 

The Epistles contain creedal statements where the Apostles speak of Christian beliefs and of Jesus’ relationship to God.  Unfortunately for Trinitarians, the biblical creedal statements all distinguish Jesus from God (which is why Trinitarians had to create their own creeds).

1 Timothy 2:5 

  • 1Ti 2:3  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,
  • 1Ti 2:4  who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
  • 1Ti 2:5  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men,
    the man Christ Jesus,
  • 1Ti 2:6  who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
     

Paul says there is one God, and that God is not Jesus.  Jesus is the human mediator between God and men (like Moses was).  This is why Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophesy Moses made about a man like himself that would be raised up from the people.  Paul plainly distinguishes this man Jesus Messiah from the one God of the bible.  This is an explicit statement of Christian belief about the relationship between God and Jesus.

1 Corinthians 8:4-6 

  • 1Co 8:4  Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that "an idol has no real existence," and that "there is no God but one."
  • 1Co 8:5  For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth--as indeed there are many "gods" and many "lords"--
  • 1Co 8:6  yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
     

Paul explains what the Christians believe in contrast to the many pagan beliefs. 
Paul says there is no God but one…for us there is one God the Father!
 
Paul says Christians believe in one God whom is the Father and one Lord Jesus Messiah. 
Paul has the perfect opportunity here to explain a trinity.  Paul could have said “yet to us there is one God, eternally existing in three co-equal and co-eternal persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The idea of a trinity simply doesn’t exist in the apostle’s doctrine, rather it needs to be read into the text.  Keep in mind that Jesus was made Lord and Christ by his God and Father (Acts 2:36).

Ephesians 4:4-6

  • Eph 4:4  There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call--
  • Eph 4:5  one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
  • Eph 4:6  one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
     

Paul began each epistle with a greeting from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Messiah.  Each epistle distinguishes Jesus from God!  Here Paul distinguishes the Lord Jesus Messiah from the one God and Father of all.  Notice in each of these texts Paul mentions belief in one God, yet in each text Jesus is distinguished from that one God!  How can one maintain that Jesus is God when he is plainly distinguished from the one God of the bible so frequently?

 

Paul spoke of his God many times …

  • Rom 1:7  To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Rom 1:8  First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.
     

Paul identifies the Father as his God who he thanks through Jesus Messiah.

  • 1Co 1:3  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 1Co 1:4  I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus,

Paul distinguishes Jesus from his God explicitly saying he thanks his God for the grace of God given to the Corinthians in Messiah Jesus.

  • Php 4:19  And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
  • Php 4:20  To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Paul identifies the Father as his God in distinction from Messiah Jesus.  Then praises God the Father as was his custom.

  • Phm 1:3  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Phm 1:4  I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers,
  • Phm 1:5  because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints,

Paul thanks his God, God our Father because of Philemon’s love for the Lord Jesus and all the saints.

Paul’s God was certainly not Jesus, Paul understood Jesus has the same God we do…


Rom 16:27  to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

Jesus is not “the only wise God”.  Which is why Paul continuously distinguished him from God.

  • 1Co 3:22  whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future--all are yours,
  • 1Co 3:23  and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

Christ plainly distinguished from God…

1Co 11:3  But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.

Paul again plainly distinguishes Christ from God.

  • 2Co 1:2  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 2Co 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,

The God and Father of Jesus is the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.  Jesus is not “the God of all comfort”.

2Co 5:19  That is, that God was in Christ making peace between the world and himself, not putting their sins to their account, and having given to us the preaching of this news of peace.

Is Christ God? Nope God was IN Christ.

2Co 11:31  The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.

Jesus has a God and Father, the Trinitarian distortions of the bible contradict the plain reading of the texts.

  • Eph 1:2  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
  • Eph 1:17  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,

Paul repeatedly distinguishes Jesus from God, in his sermons in the book of Acts, as well as in his letters.

  • Php 2:9  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
  • Php 2:10  so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
  • Php 2:11  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Paul loved to emphasize that Jesus is not God.  God highly exalted Jesus, this is what Trinitarians do not understand.  Jesus is not God, but he was highly exalted by God to God’s right hand.  God gave him a name above all names, that all should confess Jesus is Lord, TO THE GLORY OF THE GOD AND FATHER THAT MADE HIM LORD (Acts 2:36).

 

  • Col 1:2  To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
  • Col 1:3  We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,

When Paul speaks of God he is simply speaking of the Father.Every book that Trinitarians desperately search for a proof text in, begins with Jesus being distinguished from God.

Col 2:9  For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,

Yes of course all of the fullness of God was dwelling in Jesus, because he was the anointed one!  Jesus said God the Father was in him doing the works (John 14:10).  In the previous chapter Paul explains why the fullness of God was in Jesus, and it wasn’t because Jesus is God…

Col 1:19  God was pleased to have all of himself live in Christ.

All the fullness was in Jesus because it pleased the Father. 
Paul also said Christians can be filled with the fullness of God.

  • Eph 3:19  You will know Christ's love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God.

 

  • 1Th 1:9  For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,
  • 1Th 1:10  and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Notice Paul says these Thessalonians turned to the living and true God and they wait for his Son from Heaven.  Jesus is not the living and true God, Jesus is the SON of the living and true God. 
Just like Peter said (Matt 16:16)


Tit 1:1  Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness,

Paul a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Messiah.  Jesus is not God!

 

  • Heb 1:1  Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,
  • Heb 1:2  but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world [ages].
  • Heb 1:3  He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

God spoke in times past by the prophets, but in these last days he spoke to us by his Son.  God spoke by the prophets and the prophets were not God, God spoke by his Son and his Son is not God either! 
Notice Jesus sits next to whom?  The Majesty on High!  Jesus is not the Majesty on High. The book of Hebrews goes on to defend Jesus’ priesthood and covenant being superior to that of the old covenant.  Jesus as High Priest is proof he is not God because the job of the High Priest is to mediate to God on behalf of his brothers.

Heb 2:17  Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

Jesus was like his brothers in every respect!  Can that be said of a godman?  Jesus is a faithful high priest in service to God! 

Jesus was appointed a High Priest by God.

  • Heb 5:4  And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
  • Heb 5:5  So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, You are my Son, today I have begotten you;
  • Heb 5:6  as he says also in another place, You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.
  • Heb 5:7  In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.
  • Heb 5:8  Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.
  • Heb 5:9  And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,
  • Heb 5:10  being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.

Jesus is distinguished from God throughout the book of Hebrews.  God appointed Jesus a high priest.  What is a high priest you ask? A human that serves God on behalf of other humans!

 

The writer of Hebrews and Paul weren’t the only apostles that distinguished Jesus from God…

Jas 1:1  James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.

James was a servant of God (one being) AND of the Lord Jesus Messiah (another being).  Keep in mind every time you see Jesus called Lord, that he was made Lord and Christ by his God and Father (Acts 2:32-36).

Jas 1:13  Let no one say when he is tempted, I am being tempted by God, for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.

So if God cannot be tempted with evil and Jesus was tempted with evil, then do the math! 

Now some Trinitarians try to worm their way out of this by pointing to an old testament passage about the Israelites tempting God.  This is true but the tempting being spoken of in those passages was not God being tempted with evil, but God being tempted/tested/provoked to anger, in other words they were trying his patience.  In contrast God cannot be tempted/enticed to sin, that is being tempted with evil.  Jesus was tempted in such a manner (Heb 2:18, 4:15, Luke 4:2).

 

Peter understood Jesus has the same God we do, look at his sermons in the book of Acts.  Also in his epistles he says the same thing…

1Pe 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

 John also understood the same thing ...

  • 1Jn 4:9  In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
  • 1Jn 4:10  In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
  • 1Jn 4:15  Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
  • 1Jn 5:1  Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.
  • 1Jn 5:5  Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

The Epistles viewed in totality do not support the idea of a 3 person God, nor the idea that Jesus is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father.  They repeatedly distinguish Jesus from God.  The creedal statements all distinguish Jesus from God (1 Tim 2:5, 1 Cor 8:4-6, Eph 4:4-6).  When read with the Unitarian background presented in the Old Testament scriptures and gospel accounts there is certainly nothing in the epistles that would require a redefinition of God from 1 to 3 persons

Is Jesus God according to the Bible? - The Book of Acts

Taken from: www.JOHN17-3.ORG - Some editing has been done


The Book of Acts  

The book of Acts is a total embarrassment to those wanting to make Jesus into God, as will soon be obvious.

Pentecost – Acts 2

Act 2:22 Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know--

Do you ever hear Trinitarians talk about Jesus this way? I sure don’t. Peter simply describes Jesus as a man that God did mighty works through. He then says God raised him from the dead fulfilling God’s promise to David that he would raise up his (David’s) descendant to sit on his throne. He then quotes another Messianic prophesy mentioned earlier…

  • Act 2:32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.
  • Act 2:33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.
  • Act 2:34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,
    'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand,
  • Act 2:35 until I make your enemies your footstool.'
  • Act 2:36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain
    that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.

Peter didn’t teach a trinity. Peter didn’t teach Jesus is God. Peter taught that Jesus was a man that God did miracles through and that God raised him from the dead and God has seated him at his right hand. Peter said Jesus received the promise of the holy spirit and that God made him both Lord and Christ.  This sermon, while no mention of Jesus being God was ever made, was enough to lead to thousands of souls being added to the Church!  Is believing in a trinity/Jesus is God necessary for salvation? Not according to the book of Acts.

Peter and John in the temple - Acts 3

  • Act 3:12 And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk?
  • Act 3:13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him.

After Peter heals a lame man, they walk into the temple together and people gather around. Peter then says the man was healed by faith in Jesus’ name. Before saying that however he COMPLETELY, TOTALLY AND EXPLICITLY REFUTES THE TRINITY by utterly distinguishing Jesus between the God of the Hebrews.

The God that identified himself to Moses from the burning bush as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is completely distinguished from Jesus. Jesus is the servant of that God. Jesus is not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jesus is not a member of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jesus is the SERVANT of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

It couldn’t be more plainly stated than how Peter explained it to the Jews in the Temple. Peter then goes on to quote Deut 18 mentioned earlier about Jesus being the prophet Moses spoke of that God would raise up in response to their fear and desire to not hear directly from God. Again this is the exact opposite of what we would expect to hear if Peter was Trinitarian.

Peter and John before the Sanhedrin and High Priests – Acts 4

  • Act 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, Rulers of the people and elders,
  • Act 4:9 if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed,
  • Act 4:10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead--by him this man is standing before you well.
  • Act 4:11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.
  • Act 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

Again not a whiff of Trinitarian rhetoric, Jesus is said to be the Christ/Messiah whom God raised from the dead.  Another opportunity missed by the Apostles to tell the world about their 3 person God and that Jesus is God!

Peter and John’s Prayer – Acts 4

  • Act 4:24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them,
  • Act 4:25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, 'Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain?
  • Act 4:26 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against YAHWEH and against his Anointed'--
  • Act 4:27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,

Notice the apostles pray to God not to Jesus, secondly they distinguish Jesus from
the Sovereign Lord God Creator that they are praying to in verse 27 when they describe Jesus as his holy servant whom he anointed.


The Apostles before the Sanhedrin - Acts 5

  • Act 5:29 But Peter and the apostles answered, We must obey God rather than men.
  • Act 5:30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree.
  • Act 5:31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
  • Act 5:32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.

Notice Peter again distinguishes Jesus from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying “The God of our fathers raised Jesus,”. Again there is no hint of Jesus being God, no hint of a trinity. These absences are totally unexplainable for those that believe the apostles were Trinitarians. The reality is they weren’t Trinitarians and never believed Jesus is God, which is why they constantly distinguish him from God in their preaching for their entire lives.

Act 5:42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

 

Paul’s Conversion - Acts 9

  • Act 9:20 And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, He is the Son of God.
  • Act 9:21 And all who heard him were amazed and said, Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?
  • Act 9:22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.

After Jesus spoke to Paul and he was healed from his blindness. Luke records that Paul went into the synagogues preaching “He is the Son of God.” He goes on to say Paul proved “Jesus was the Christ/Messiah”. Note Paul did not rush into the synagogues preaching a trinity or preaching that Jesus is God. 

Peter preaching to the Gentiles - Acts 10

  • Act 10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
  • Act 10:39 And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree,
  • Act 10:40 but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear,
  • Act 10:41 not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
  • Act 10:42 And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.
  • Act 10:43 To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

Peter says simply God anointed Jesus with the holy spirit and power, God was with him, God raised him from the dead and God appointed him to be judge of the living and the dead. Again Peter plainly distinguishes Jesus from God. How obvious does it need to be? Why do the apostles always forget to mention their precious trinity? Why do they always forget to mention “oh by the way Jesus is God and you need to believe that to be a Christian”.

Paul preaching in a Synagogue – Acts 13

  • Act 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, 'I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.'
  • Act 13:23 Of this man's offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised…
  • Act 13:32 And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers,
  • Act 13:33 this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, 'You are my Son, today I have begotten you.' ….
  • Act 13:38 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you
    Paul, like Peter, quotes from Psa 16:10 about the resurrection of the Messiah [in verse 35]. He also quotes Psa 2 about Jesus being the Messiah, Son of God and Son of David. Note verse 38. He says THROUGH THIS MAN FORGIVENESS OF SINS IS PROCLAIMED. Paul, like Peter, didn’t believe Jesus was God, he didn’t believe in a trinity. He believed Jesus was a man who God raised up through David’s line to be the Savior. There is no such thing as a godman in true Christianity.  An eternal member of a 3 person god couldn't possibly be called a man in any genuine sense.

Paul in a Synagogue – Acts 17

  • Act 17:1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.
    Act 17:2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
    Act 17:3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.

Paul taught Jesus was the Christ/Messiah, not God.

 

Paul on Mars Hill – Acts 17

  • Act 17:23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, 'To the unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.
  • Act 17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man,
  • Act 17:30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,
  • Act 17:31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.

Paul preaches to the Athenians about the Creator God of the Jews, he then says this God commands them to repent because “he fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness BY A MAN WHO HE HAS APPOINTED!” What a reoccurring theme, Paul speaks about Jesus as a man appointed by God again. Paul plainly distinguishes Jesus from the God and Creator of all things, just as Peter plainly distinguished Jesus from the God of the Fathers. This evidence is absolutely devastating for Trinitarians. The apostles went with Jesus message to the world and they forgot to bring the trinity!


Apollos — Acts 18

Act 18:28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus

Apollos was teaching Jesus is the Messiah, not God.

Paul in Jerusalem - Acts 21-22

  • Act 22:12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there
  • Act 22:13 came to me, and standing by me said to me, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight.' And at that very hour I received my sight and saw him
  • Act 22:14 And he said, 'The God of our fathers appointed you to know his will, to see the Righteous One and to hear a voice from his mouth

Paul recounts his conversion before his Jewish accusers. Notice Ananias plainly distinguished Jesus from the God of the Fathers in verse 14 as Peter and Paul themselves did. Paul tells how Jesus sent him to Gentiles and the Jews have heard enough.

Paul before Governors Felix, Festus and King Agrippa – Acts 23-26

Paul makes his case for his beliefs and actions after being arrested in Jerusalem by the Romans to prevent the Jews from killing him. Paul talks about his belief in the God of the Fathers and faith in the resurrected Messiah. Nowhere is there any hint of Jesus being God, or God being a trinity.

Paul in Rome – Acts 28

Paul is finally brought to Rome and he speaks to the Jews there about the accusations against him which they had no awareness of. They set a day for Paul to tell them about the Christian movement…

  • Act 28:23 When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.
  • Act 28:24 And some were convinced by what he said, but others disbelieved.
  • Act 28:30 He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him,
  • Act 28:31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.

Paul apparently forgot to tell these Jews about the trinity and that Jesus is God.

An examination of the Apostles' preaching in the Acts of the Apostles has yielded no evidence of a trinity or Jesus being God. To the contrary, it has shown that the Apostles consistently and explicitly distinguished Jesus from the God of the Fathers.

They describe Jesus as a man in the line of David, that God anointed, appointed, ordained, exalted, sent and raised from the dead. They repeatedly show Jesus is not God.

Is Jesus God according to the Bible? - The Gospels

Taken from: www.JOHN17-3.ORG - Some editing has been done


Jesus in the Gospels  

 

When Jesus is allowed to speak for himself, there is no confusion on the question of whether he is God or not. Jesus not only never said he was God, but he also made claims plainly distinguishing himself from God. Jesus' testimony needs to be heavily qualified and distorted beyond it’s plain and obvious reading in order to get it in line with a Trinitarian interpretation.  Jesus never gave the slightest indication that God was multiple persons, but rather Jesus identified the Father as the only one who is God.

 

Jesus plainly identified himself as the Messiah and Son of God


  • Joh 4:25 The woman said to him, I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.
  • Joh 4:26 Jesus said to her, I who speak to you am he.
  • Luk 4:17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
  • Luk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
  • Luk 4:19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.
  • Luk 4:20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.
  • Luk 4:21 And he began to say to them, Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.
  • Mark 14:61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
  • Mark 14:62 And Jesus said, I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.

Jesus also plainly distinguished himself from God


  • Joh 17:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,
  • Joh 17:2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.
  • Joh 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

Jesus explicitly stated that his Father alone is “the only true God” and that he is the Messiah/Christ whom the “only true God” has sent. This verse alone forever refutes the idea that God is three persons and also the idea that Jesus himself is “the only true God”.
Jesus not only shows that he is not the only true God here, but also excludes any supposed holy spirit person by saying that his Father alone is the only true God. Jesus affirmed the Jewish Unitarian monotheism of his day and taught there is only one God, the Father.


Joh 5:44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

Jesus noted that the Jews correctly believed in Unitarian monotheism, that the Father alone was God.


Joh 8:54 Jesus answered, If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, 'He is our God.'

Jesus recognized their Unitarian monotheism. The God they worshiped was a single personal being who Jesus described as my Father. They were saying that Jesus' Father was their God, this is Monotheism which is also Unitarianism. Jesus made no changes in the Jewish understanding of God, the idea of a three person God was utterly alien to them. They knew of no such thing and Jesus certainly didn't attempt to change their understanding of this, rather Jesus claimed he has the same God everyone else does! Jesus after his resurrection told Mary this…


Joh 20:17 Jesus said to her, Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'

And again decades after his resurrection saying to John…


Rev 3:12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.

So Jesus after his resurrection continued to affirm that he has the same God that his “brothers” do! Yet many just ignore Jesus words in order to preserve their cherished traditions of men.

Difficult sayings for Trinitarians


Joh 7:16 So Jesus answered them, My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.

If Jesus was God how could his teachings not be his?


Joh 8:54 Jesus answered, If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, 'He is our God.'

If Jesus was God why would his glory be nothing if he glorified himself?


Joh 5:26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.

If Jesus was eternal how could he be “granted” life in himself?


Joh 6:57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.

If Jesus is eternal how exactly can he say that he lives because of the Father?


Joh 5:30 I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

Jesus is said to have been fully God, yet claims he can do nothing on his own? How is that an honest statement if he in fact CAN do anything on his own but CHOOSES NOT TO and instead relies on his co-equal partners help instead?


  • Joh 14:28 You heard me say to you, 'I am going away, and I will come to you.' If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
  • Joh 10:29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.

Jesus says his Father is greater than he is unequivocally, and that his Father is greater than ALL.
Statements like these need heavy qualifications by Trinitarians in order to get around a plain and obvious reading of the text. The trinity is pure eisegesis and requires reading all Jesus’ statements through a tainted Trinitarian false premise because if they don't, and simply read these verses as they are, then clearly there is no trinity and Jesus is not God. Jesus doesn’t qualify any of these statements the way Trinitarians want them to be by saying “I say these things in my human nature but they are untrue for my divine nature.”


Mark 13:32 But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father

Now here is another of the most problematic verses for Trinitarians. Jesus says explicitly that he has no knowledge of the day or hour of the event in question. Now Jesus also excludes the supposed third person of the trinity in this statement by saying “but only the Father”. One wonders how God can be three persons, two of which are ignorant of when an event is going to occur! Can God know something and not know something at the same time? If Jesus actually did have knowledge of this event then he would have been lying to say “nor the Son, but only the Father” does. Do Trinitarians really believe Jesus actually knew the time in question as God but as a man he didn’t?

Imagine if a homeless person asked you if you have any change and you say no, but then he watches you walk over to a vending machine put in quarters and buy a soda. You then walk past him and he challenges you on the honesty of your claim that you had no change, to which you respond, well as an American I had no change but as a Christian I did! Now either you had the change or you didn't, Jesus either had the knowledge or didn't have the knowledge. If Jesus is supposed to have had knowledge of this event in his divine nature but didn't in his human nature then he would be lying and telling the truth simultaneously. If it was true Jesus did not have knowledge of this event in his human nature, it would also simultaneously be false that he did not have knowledge of this in his divine nature. Since Jesus made no qualification for his statement the Trinitarians are forced to make Jesus a liar. However Jesus statement can be left as is without qualification for Unitarians because Jesus wasn't God and never claimed to be.

  • Mark 10:17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?
  • Mark 10:18 And Jesus said to him, Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.

Now what an odd thing to say if Jesus was in fact God. But if Jesus wasn't God then how appropriate for him to make sure God was given all the credit.

  • Matt 26:39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.
  • Joh 8:42 Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me.

Jesus here and elsewhere taught that he and the Father have distinct wills from one another. Are we to believe God is multiple persons with multiple wills? The Trinitarians assert that the three person Trinitarian god came up with a plan before creation and distributed amongst themselves the proper roles, functions, and hierarchy in perfect unison and agreement. Yet Jesus says he did not come of his own accord, but rather was sent by someone else. Once again we find the Trinitarian dogma to be inconsistent with what the bible actually says.

After showing Jesus was capable of making explicit claims of being Christ, Son of God and Son of Man, I have also shown how Jesus made explicit claims to be subject to and inferior to his God and Father whom he said was the only true God. Odd that if Jesus was capable of making such explicit claims as these, that he never once made a similarly explicit claim to actually be God anywhere, maybe because he didn't believe that he was! So if we actually let Jesus speak for himself on this important issue there really is no controversy here, he is the Christ and Son of the living God and has the same God everyone else does.

Jesus said that God is a spirit.


Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

Jesus also made clear that even after his resurrection, he was not a spirit!

Luk 24:39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.

So let’s try and do the math here, if God is a Spirit and Jesus wasn't a spirit, then Jesus wasn't God. Here is another brain bender, the bible says no one has ever seen God.

1 Jo 4:12 No one has ever seen God;

but Jesus was seen…

Joh 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

So if no one has ever seen God, and Jesus was seen, then guess what... Jesus isn't God!
Also Jesus here is plainly called the Lamb of God, amazing how it needs to be stated to Trinitarians that the Lamb of God is not God.

Now lost in this discussion is the other “orthodox” doctrines of God being both transcendent and immutable. Both of which contradict the idea that an eternal, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, and untemptable spirit being, can become a fleshly infant that grows in wisdom and knowledge (Luk 2:52, Heb 5:9), that becomes tempted (Heb 2:18, 4:15), was physically in one location and dies, among other things (like God needing to be potty trained!). Now that is quite a bit of a change and introduces quite the limitations for a supposedly immutable and transcendent being!

Jesus never corrected the Jewish Unitarian Monotheism,
but rather he agreed with it and supported it!

  • Mark 12:28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, Which commandment is the most important of all?
  • Mark 12:29 Jesus answered, The most important is,
    'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.'
  • Mark 12:30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'
  • Mark 12:31 The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these.
  • Mark 12:32 And the scribe said to him, You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him.
  • Mark 12:33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
  • Mark 12:34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, You are not far from the kingdom of God. And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.

This is a critical passage, Jesus affirms the Unitarian monotheism of the Jews by declaring the Shema, that their God is One, but then look at what happens. This Jewish scribe says “you are right you have truly said THAT HE IS ONE, and there is NO OTHER BESIDES HIM.” Here Jesus has the perfect opportunity to say, “well son you just used singular pronouns, you misunderstand the compound unity of God, God is actually 3 co-equal co-eternal persons sharing one divine substance/essence.” Instead Jesus saw that he answered wisely and says “You are not far from the kingdom of God”! Jesus never disagreed with the Jews about their understanding of God, he disagreed with their manmade traditions that they used in place of God’s commandments, and their lack of love, mercy and forgiveness.

Jesus never taught contrary to the unitarian monotheism of the bible.  He affirmed and strengthened it. 
Jesus referred to God as a single person other than himself and said that his God and Father is the only true God.  The qualifications trinitarians try to place on Jesus teachings are based solely on there presupposed trinitarian bias and are totally unnecessary.

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Next, what did Jesus contemporaries say about him in the gospels?

Nathanael -

Joh 1:49  Nathanael answered him, Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!

Matthew -

Matt 1:1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Matthew was one of the twelve apostles yet he didn’t say anything about Jesus being God.

Martha -

Joh 11:27  She said to him, Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.

Mark -

Mark 1:1  The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Many scholars believe Mark’s gospel account was written by Peter’s instructions/recollection.  So when Mark fails to include any evidence of Jesus being God it is due to Peter not giving him any!

Disciples -

  • Luk 24:19 And he said to them, What things? And they said to him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,
  • Matt 14:33  And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, Truly you are the Son of God.

Jesus' disciples had no problem plainly identifying him as the Messiah and Son of God, odd how they nowhere similarly plainly proclaimed he was a member of a three person God.  They understood that Jesus has the same God they do.

The People -

  • Matt 16:13  Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, Who do people say that the Son of Man is?
  • Matt 16:14  And they said, Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.

Notice the people weren't saying he was God, or claimed to be God.  These were Jews that knew that God is a Spirit and he is One, and of course unlike the pagan gods, their God is not a man.

Peter -

  • Matt 16:15  He said to them, But who do you say that I am?
  • Matt 16:16  Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
  • Matt 16:17  And Jesus answered him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
  • Matt 16:18  And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

This is the foundation of Christianity.  Peter declares Jesus is the Messiah and Son of the Living God.  Jesus responds to this claim by calling Peter blessed and saying this pure declaration of faith is God-given revelation.  Jesus does not in any way indicate this is an inadequate proclamation of faith.

Yet according to Trinitarians the belief that Jesus is Messiah and Son of God isn’t good enough. 
They force church members to adhere to a trinity of persons within God, they force members to profess something altogether different than what Peter did.  This Trinitarian denial of the sufficiency of scripture in favor of creeds of men established centuries later makes them no different than the Pharisees that opposed Jesus.   In fact the gold standard of orthodoxy today is the adherence to a Trinitarian statement of faith that is not in the bible and in direct contrast to what the bible teaches. 

This arrogance and pride of establishing their own traditions as conditions of fellowship, membership and salvation makes the orthodox establishment of Trinitarians today as deceived as those that cried out “crucify him” and  “we have no king but Caesar.”
If a Trinitarian wants to be honest with the scriptures they should acknowledge the simple fact that their belief in the trinity is their private interpretation and is nowhere mandated as a condition of salvation in the bible.

Nicodemus -

Joh 3:2  This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.

Does it sound like Nicodemus thought he was God?  The people of Jesus day understood something that Trinitarians today do not.  That Jesus doing miracles and having authoritative preaching meant God was with him not that he is God!

Crowds of People -

  • Matt 21:11 And the crowds said, This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.
  • Matt 21:46 And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.

Jesus was a prophet, a prophet like Moses from among the people as prophesied in Deu 18 mentioned earlier.  A prophet obviously is not God because a prophet simply relays a message from God to his people.

Luke -

  • Luk 2:52  And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
  • Luk 5:17  On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal

Do these sound like the statements of a person that believed Jesus is God? Or a member of a 3 person God?  Jesus increased mentally and physically and in favor with God and men?  Luke says simply that the power of the Lord was with him to heal.

Scholars believe Luke wrote his gospel account based on Paul’s revelations from Jesus, among other things.  So when Luke fails to record anything about Jesus being God in his gospel, it is due to Paul not telling him that!

The idea of the trinity is so foreign to 99.99% of the bible that it needs to be read into the texts and then specially qualified at the expense of the normal, plain and simple reading of the texts.

Roman Centurion -

Matt 27:54  When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, Truly this was the Son of God!

The Angel Gabriel-

  • Luk 1:30  And the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
  • Luk 1:31  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
  • Luk 1:32  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,
  • Luk 1:33  and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.
  • Luk 1:34  And Mary said to the angel, How will this be, since I am a virgin?
  • Luk 1:35  And the angel answered her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy--
    the Son of God.

Notice Gabriel forgets to mention to Mary that one of the three persons of God is about to add a human nature to himself in her womb!  Instead he says the child will be the Son of the Most High, he then says the Lord God will give to him (Jesus) the throne of his (Jesus’) father David.  Gabriel plainly distinguishes this Son of God from the Lord God who is creating him in Mary’s womb. 

Gabriel then explains why Jesus is the Son of God in verse 35. 

The power of the Most High will overshadow her THEREFORE the child will be called holy, the Son of God. 

While Trinitarians try to maintain their ridiculous “eternally begotten son” tradition, Gabriel plainly says Jesus is the Son of God precisely because of God supernaturally causing Mary to conceive him.  Gabriel wasn’t the only Angel that knew Jesus wasn’t God, Satan and the demons said the same thing!

Satan -

Matt 4:3  And the tempter came and said to him, If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.

Satan said “if you are the Son of God”, he knew Jesus wasn’t God.  God cannot be tempted with evil in the first place (James 1:13).

Demons -

Luk 4:41  And demons also came out of many, crying, You are the Son of God! But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.

Luke comments how they knew he was the Messiah and records the demons calling him the Son of God.  Demons know more about Jesus than Trinitarians do!

The Chief Priests, Scribes, Elders -

  • Joh 19:4  Pilate went out again and said to them, See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.
  • Joh 19:5  So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, Behold the man!
  • Joh 19:6  When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, Crucify him, crucify him! Pilate said to them, Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.
  • Joh 19:7  The Jews answered him, We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.
  • Matt 27:41  So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying,
  • Matt 27:42  He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.
  • Matt 27:43  He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said,
    'I am the Son of God.'

Notice the Chief Priests, Scribes and Elders all were saying that he claimed to be the Son of God.  This is the reason they told Pilate that he should die.  If Jesus was claiming to be God, why wouldn’t they have said that?  When he was on the cross, they mocked him as the King of Israel that trusts in God. Why didn’t they just mock him for actually claiming to be God himself? 

ANSWER: BECAUSE HE DIDN’T CLAIM TO BE GOD! 

The Trinitarian house of cards crumbles to the ground on a basic examination of the texts themselves.  The disciples of Jesus give absolutely no evidence that they believed he was a preexistent member of a three person God than came to earth and added a human nature to himself.  In fact they gave evidence to the contrary, that they did not believe such nonsense.

The Exceptions

Joh 10:33  The Jews answered him, It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.

Here Jesus enemies accuse him of making himself God (or a god).  What is important here is not the accusation (since they also accused him of blasphemy, being a drunkard and glutton, and doing witchcraft), but rather what is Jesus response to this?

  • Joh 10:34  Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your Law, 'I said, you are gods'?
  • Joh 10:35  If he called them gods to whom the word of God came--and Scripture cannot be broken--
  • Joh 10:36  do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'?

Jesus points to a passage in Psalm 82 where the judges of Israel are called gods and sons of the Most High.  He then says essentially - if it was ok for them to be called gods then why do you say I am blaspheming for claiming to be the Son of God, when the Father consecrated me and sent me into the world?  If those judges were called gods, why can’t the Messiah who was given judgment over the world also be called a god?  The word god here does not mean “eternal, omniscient, omnipotent” but rather mighty ruler, one with power and authority over others.  Notice Jesus does not say “Yes I am God,  card carrying member of the trinity” rather he defends himself by pointing to other men being called that in the scriptures!  When Jesus said “I and the Father are one” he was talking about their ability to protect those who were given to him from falling away. 

  • Joh 10:24  So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, How long will you keep us in suspense?
    If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.
  • Joh 10:25  Jesus answered them, I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me,
  • Joh 10:26  but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock.
  • Joh 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
  • Joh 10:28  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
  • Joh 10:29  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.
  • Joh 10:30  I and the Father are one.

They said if your are the Messiah (anointed one) tell us plainly.  Jesus says look at my works do I not have anointed power?  He then says his sheep that he gives life to will not perish because they are in his hands.  Then he says that the Father has put them there and his Father is greater than ALL which includes Jesus.  They are in Jesus' hand and then the Father’s hand is wrapped over Jesus' hand securing the sheep.  Thus they are one, in agreement in purpose to protect the sheep.  This is not a claim of being co-equal and co-eternal members of a 3 person god!  Jesus said his disciples were ONE with him and his Father!

  • Joh 17:20  I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
  • Joh 17:21  that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
  • Joh 17:22  The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,
  • Joh 17:23  I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

Jesus said his disciples may be one and in the Father and Son.  That they may be one even as Jesus and the Father are.  This oneness is one of unity not attributes and essence.

 

Is Jesus God according to the Bible? - The Old Testament

Taken from: www.JOHN17-3.ORG - Some editing has been done


God in the Old Testament  
 

If God were 3 persons then we would expect to find God speaking to his creation as such.  Rather simple logic here.  Does the bible portray God as speaking to his creation as a multi person being?  Yes or No?  Let’s have a look…

 God’s first words to mankind were…

     Gen 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

 God says to Adam and Eve, “I have given you” he didn't say “we have given you”. This is the first of a continuous line of communication with his creation where God speaks of himself as a singular personal entity.

 God speaking to Cain

     Gen 4:10 And YAHWEH said, What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to me from the ground.

Notice God says his blood is crying to ME from the ground, he didn’t say to US.

God speaking to Noah

    Gen 6:13 And God said to Noah, I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

This is getting redundant, but sometimes it needs to be laid on nice and thick for some people to get it. God seems to be constantly portraying himself as a singular personal entity… hmmm that is odd. Notice the missing WE in those sentences.

God speaking to Abraham

  •     Gen 12:1 Now YAHWEH said to Abram, Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you.
  •     Gen 12:2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
  •     Gen 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.

Now raise your hand if you think Abraham believed God was 3 persons…. What? Nobody? Abraham was a Unitarian like Noah, Like Cain and Abel and like Adam and Eve.

God calling Moses from the burning Bush

  •     Exo 3:4 When YAHWEH saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, Moses, Moses! And he said, Here I am.
  •     Exo 3:5 Then he said, Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.
  •     Exo 3:6 And he said, I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

We are the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Nope, I AM. The Absence of the trinity couldn’t be more obvious.

  •     Exo 3:13 Then Moses said to God, If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?
  •     Exo 3:14 God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM. And he said, Say this to the people of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'

The famous “I AM WHO I AM” statement. Notice he didn’t say “we are who we are”!

The 10 Commandments

  •     Exo 20:1 And God spoke all these words, saying,
  •     Exo 20:2 I am THE LORD [YAHWEH] your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
  •     Exo 20:3 You shall have no other gods before me.

Wow this is a pretty important moment in history. God speaks to the entire nation of Israel and apparently deceives them into thinking he is a singular personal being. Well actually he didn’t deceive them at all, HE REALLY IS A SINGULAR PERSONAL BEING! Notice the “I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD... NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME”. Notice he didn’t say “we are the lord your god...no other gods before us”. Why does the Trinitarian god constantly drop the ball every time he has an opportunity to represent his “compound unity” to his people? Answer… Because he isn’t a compound unity he is a single person. Trinitarians constantly undermine their own beliefs when they speak of their triune, 3 person God as HE.
Even in their hymns, like “Our God is an Awesome God, HE reigns from heaven above” what about the other 2 persons?

A few more notable examples …

  •     Hos 11:9 I will not execute my burning anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and not a man, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.
  •     Deu 32:39 'See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.
  •     Isa 43:10 You are my witnesses, declares YAHWEH, and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me.
  •     Isa 44:24 Thus says YAHWEH, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: I am YAHWEH, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,

Now I could fill this website with every time God says “I, Me, My, Myself” but you get the point. The Old Testament clearly and constantly portrays God identifying himself as a singular personal entity and to suggest otherwise is to be in denial. Also the people of God always referred to him with singular pronouns “he, him, himself” never did they refer to God saying “they, them, themselves.” The SHEMA is the greatest statement of faith amongst the Jewish people (and Christians). Jesus cited it as the greatest of all commandments and it directly declares that YHWH is ONE.

 

  •     Deu 6:4 Hear, O Israel:YAHWEH our God is one YAHWEH:
  •     Deu 6:5 And thou shalt love YAHWEH thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

 

Note the stark contrast between this and the trinity. The word trinity comes from the Latin word trinitas which means THREENESS! Wow threeness? Trinitarians have to make up their own words and creeds to support their unbiblical doctrines. Now compare that threeness with statements like this.

    Mal 2:10 Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?

We have One Father whom is our One God. This will be clearly shown throughout the New Testament as well.

 

The Exceptions

 

Trinitarians often will point to a handful of exceptions in the Old Testament where God is said to speak in the plural form. In light of the fact that God constantly speaks of himself in the first person singular I, ME, MY, MYSELF do these scriptures warrant a redefining of God to multiple persons? Let us take a look (no I am not multiple persons I am simply including you in my plans).

    Gen 1:26 Then God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.

When God was about to create mankind he said “let us”. Was this intended to communicate to us that God is a compound unity of multiple persons? The author of Genesis saves us the trouble and interprets this for us in the next verse!

    Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

The author records God saying “let us” but when the author describes what happened he refers to God as a singular personal entity. The author says “So God created man in HIS own image, in the image of God HE created him; male and female HE created them.”  Clearly the author didn’t intend to communicate to us God is multiple persons since he assigns these singular personal pronouns to God three times in the very next verse. As mentioned previously, just two verses later God speaks his first words to Adam saying…

    Gen 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

God certainly didn’t communicate to mankind that he is multiple persons. Saying to Adam “I have given you” not “we have given you.” So clearly there is no reason to deduce from this passage that God is multiple persons. So then what did God mean by saying “let us make man in our image”?

God was speaking to an angelic audience and including them in his plans and intentions.  ... Angels share the image of God in that they have rule and dominion over things as man does. Angels have personality, intelligence and reasoning capabilities like man does also. Angels’ responsibility is to watch over man (Heb 1:14), so it would make sense that God included them in this aspect of the creation story.  God would have continuously spoke in such terms if his intent was to be known as multiple persons.

  •     Gen 11:6 And YAHWEH said, Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.
  •     Gen 11:7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another's speech.

Again we have God speaking to an angelic audience. God tells the angels, look at what man is doing, let us go confuse their language. Is one person of the trinity telling the other two persons to look at what man is doing? That is ridiculous, but if God is showing non-omnipresent and non-omniscient angels something, that is perfectly reasonable. Later God sent three angels to Sodom to destroy it. It was typical for God to include angels in his plans and have them carry out actions on his behalf.

  •     Isa 6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.
  •     Isa 6:2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
  •     Isa 6:3 And one called to another and said: Holy, holy, holy is YAHWEH of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!
  •     Isa 6:8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here am I! Send me.

Again this is God including an angelic audience. Isaiah’s vision places him in a heavenly throne room where God is accompanied by some seraphim. One of the seraphim approaches Isaiah and touches his lips with a burning coal. After this God says “Whom shall I sent, and who will go for us?” Isaiah does not see a three person trinity in this heavenly, vision rather he sees a single person on a throne accompanied by some seraphim. Why isn’t there three thrones with each member of the trinity on their own throne?

Clearly nothing in these examples warrants ignoring the preponderance of evidence that shows the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a singular personal entity and speaks to his creation and is spoken of by his creation as such.

 

Messianic Prophecies

 

If God was 3 persons and 1 of them was planning to be the Messiah on earth then we would expect to find this referred to throughout the messianic prophecies.  Do they support such a view? Let’s have a look at the most famous messianic passages that are directly applied to Jesus in the New Testament.

 

Psalms 2

    Psa 2:7 I will tell of the decree: YAHWEH said to me, You are my Son; today I have begotten you.

The Messiah was God’s Son and begotten at a specific point in time (today). Trinitarians believe in some ridiculous “eternally begotten Son” idea that is no more biblical than the word “trinity” is. Trinitarians have no rational way of explaining how exactly Jesus and God have a Father and Son relationship if they are co-equal and co-eternal partners. This nonsense completely obliterates the Father/Son relationship. Jesus is the Son of God precisely because of God uniquely bringing him into existence (Luke 1:35). The fact that he is the Son of God clearly shows he is not God. Just as the first Adam was called son of God due to his supernatural creation by God (Luke 3:38), so also the second Adam (Jesus) is the Son of God due to his supernatural creation in Mary’s womb. The Messiah is plainly distinguished from YHWH in this prophecy.

Psalms 22

   Psa 22:1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?

In this famous psalm applied to Jesus in the New Testament, the speaker is undergoing terrible distress and anguish and calls upon God for help and strength. Clearly the speaker in this psalm is not God. Jesus fulfills this through the suffering he underwent during his crucifixion. Jesus cried out to his God and Father on the cross.

    Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?
that is, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Trinitarians are in the uncomfortable position of trying to explain why Jesus not only addresses someone else as God (when he is supposed to be God himself), and also explaining how he was forsaken by this God. One member of God forsaking the other member? Notice Jesus didn’t say “Father, Father why have you forsaken me” simply referring to one of his co-equal members. Jesus speaks to God outright, distinguishing himself from God like the rest of the bible continuously does. Jesus has the very same God we do as he himself says both before and after his resurrection (john 17:3, 20:17).

Psalms 110

    Psa 110:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD [YAHWEH] says to my lord [adoni]:
Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.

This is the most quoted messianic prophecy in the New Testament. Unfortunately for Trinitarians it plainly distinguishes Jesus from God. God is speaking to the Messiah, and each is designated with a different Hebrew word. The word translated LORD in capitals is YHWH, the word translated as “Lord” in lower case is Adon. The word “adon” has different vowel points with different meanings, when used for God is pronounced “I” [i.e. Adonai] when the other pointing is used for humans, it is pronounced “E” [i.e. adoni, pronounced adonee]. The usage in this passage is the “E” pronunciation designating a human being and not God. The verse plainly shows God seating the Messiah to his right hand, which shows they aren’t equals since one is elevating the other to a higher position than he previously held. Secondly, sitting at someone’s right hand is only significant if that person is greater than you are. When Peter quotes this passage on Pentecost (Acts 2:34-36) he plainly shows Jesus is not God (verse 22) and was “made both Lord and Christ” by God (verse 36).

Isaiah 42

    Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.

This passage is applied to Jesus in Matt 12:18. The Messiah is described as the servant chosen by God whom God places his spirit upon. An honest reader can see that the Messiah is not God,  The Messiah is distinct from YHWH the creator in v5.

Isaiah 53

  •     Isa 53:4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted...
  •     Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned--every one--to his own way; and YAHWEH has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

This famous messianic passage plainly distinguishes the Messiah from God. The Messiah is “smitten by God” and

“YAHWEH has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” There isn't even a whiff of Trinitarian theology in any of these prophecies. The Messiah is explicitly and repeatedly distinguished from God every time.

Isaiah 61

    Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord YAHWEH is upon me, because YAHWEH has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

Jesus actually applies this passage to himself at the beginning of his ministry (Luke 4:17-21). What a reoccurring theme, God places his spirit upon the Messiah, which anoints him to go about his work. Clearly the Messiah is not God. A total absence of anything close to what Trinitarians want to teach about the Messiah.

Daniel 7

  •     Dan 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.
  •     Dan 7:14 And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed

Here we see the Son of Man presented before the Ancient of Days (God) and receiving a kingdom. Showing obviously the Son of Man is not God but rather is anointed and appointed by God to be King of the Kingdom of God.  Where is all the God adding a human nature to himself talk?  It’s certainly not found in the bible.

Deuteronomy 18

  •     Deu 18:15 YAHWEH your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers--it is to him you shall listen--
  •     Deu 18:16 just as you desired of YAHWEH your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, 'Let me not hear again the voice of YAHWEH my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.'
  •     Deu 18:17 And YAHWEH said to me, 'They are right in what they have spoken.'
  •     Deu 18:18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.

Here Moses declares that because the Israelites were fearful of hearing directly from God, God would honor that by raising up a prophet like Moses they can listen to. Proof positive the Messiah isn’t God. I repeat, this Prophet is in response to their request to not hear directly from God. God respects their request and their fear and says he will raise up a prophet so they won’t have to hear directly from himself! Secondly how could they possibly say the Messiah would be a prophet like Moses if he was an all-powerful, eternal, all-knowing being in a human body? Moses wasn’t a god-man and Jesus wasn’t either.

After examining these famous messianic prophecies it is clear that none of them even remotely indicate that the Messiah would be God, or more specifically one of the three persons of God adding a human nature onto himself while the other two do not.
In fact these all teach the exact opposite, the Messiah is not God but is a man like Moses from among the people, who is anointed with God’s spirit and empowered to go about his ministry and afterwards exalted before God and given a kingdom as his reward. This plain reading of the text is supported throughout the New Testament as well.

 

Some Exceptions?

 

Some Trinitarians point to Isa 7:14 and Isa 9:6 as indicating the Messiah would be God.

    Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

This passage is quoted by Matthew

  •     Mat 1:20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of YAHWEH appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
  •     Mat 1:21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.
  •     Mat 1:22 All this took place to fulfill what YAHWEH had spoken by the prophet:
  •     Mat 1:23 Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us).

Notice the fulfillment wasn’t in a literal wooden sense. Jesus wasn’t literally named Immanuel, nor was he literally God in a body. The significance of Jesus name wasn't “God became a human” but simply “he will save his people from their sins.” God is with us, in the sense that God has showed his love and mercy to mankind by sending his Son to be the Savior of the world (1 John 4:10). Incidentally Jesus had the same name as Joshua (English bibles simply give them different English names), it was a common name. If simply having the name means he is God, then you better make room in the trinity for a lot more people.

    Luk 7:16 Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, A great prophet has arisen among us! and God has visited his people!

When Jesus raised a dead child the people acknowledged Jesus as a prophet and said God has visited his people!
They didn’t believe Jesus was God they were expressing God visiting/showing favor by raising a prophet to do miracles. Zachariah (John the Baptist's Father) said this after he named his boy John.

    Luk 1:68  Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people

Did he believe God came down as a man and paid a visit?  This is before Jesus' birth!  God showing his favor to them =
God visiting his people.  God's favor and mercy = God with us or God is with us to be more precise.  It doesn't mean literally God is standing next to you.  Look what Gabriel the Angel says to Mary…

Luk 1:28  And he came to her and said, Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!
 

Gabriel says the Lord is with you, was the Lord actually standing next to her?  No, and Jesus hadn’t been created in her womb yet either.  He was saying God’s favor was with her.  So clearly the idea of “God with us” or “God is with us” from a biblical stand point does not support a literal interpretation that God became a human and is standing next to you.

The next exception

  •     Isa 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
  •     Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of YAHWEH of hosts will do this.

A few points to consider

1. This passage is never directly applied to Jesus in the New Testament.

2. Assuming this translation is correct, it says simply “his name shall be called” and Jesus said he came in the Father’s name (John 5:43). It does not say “he is”.

3. This passage isn’t compatible with the trinity because it says “everlasting Father” and Trinitarians do not believe the Messiah was the Father.

4. This passage reads completely differently in the Septuagint which is what the Jews relied upon back then.

 

Here is the passage in the Septuagint.

    Isa 9:6 For a child is born to us, and a son is given to us, whose government is upon his shoulder: and his name is called the Messenger of great counsel: for I will bring peace upon the princes, and health to him.

Clearly nothing in this translation indicates the Messiah would be God.

 

    Isa 40:3 A voice cries: In the wilderness prepare the way of YAHWEH; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

This passage refers to John the Baptist and has no connection to Jesus. John the Baptist turned the hearts of the people to God which prepared them for the Messiah. Gabriel told John’s Father this…

  •     Luk 1:13 But the angel said to him, Do not be afraid, Zachariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
  •     Luk 1:14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth,
  •     Luk 1:15 for he will be great before YAHWEH. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb.
  •     Luk 1:16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to YAHWEH their God,
  •     Luk 1:17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for YAHWEH a people prepared.

This prophecy simply has no connection to Jesus in the New Testament.  John's Father Zachariah prophesied over his Son and praised God saying John would turn people to God and made no connection to the Messiah (Luke 1:67-79).

 

Next a look at the Gospels.