Jesus Called God?

Does the bible call Jesus God? If so, how many times? This seems like such a straightforward question, but it's pretty hard to answer. We'll examine three types of texts in which Jesus might be called God, including those with manuscript issues, translation issues, and interpretation issues. In each case we'll see that, in fact, the text in question doesn't have to be taken in that way.

Texts covered include: 1 Timothy 3.16; 1 John 5.7-8; John 1.18; Acts 20.28; Romans 9.5; Titus 2.13 (2 Peter 1.1; 2 Thessalonians 1.12); and 1 John 5.20.

We examined three types of texts in which Jesus might be called God: those with textual issues, translation issues, and interpretation issues.

Kaiser, Barclay, and Wright explained that these kinds of verses are fraught with problems.

We covered three with textual issues: 1 Tim 3.16; 1 John 5.7-8, and John 1.18.

We looked at three translation issues: Acts 20.28; Rom 9.5; and Titus 2.13.

We considered one interpretation issue: 1 John 5.20

We conclude that none of these texts clearly teach that Jesus is God.

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