Are Jesus Christ and Almighty God Part of a Trinity?—-1 Timothy

Are Jesus Christ and Almighty God Part of a Trinity?—-1 Timothy

It is frequently asserted by Bible teachers that Jesus Christ Is Almighty God. If this is so, then we should find plenty of scriptural evidence to support it. Do we? Since 1 Timothy was written by Bible scholar and teacher Paul to counter false teachers and false teachings, let’s see what it says.
“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope” (1:1 NIV). God and Christ are clearly portrayed as two separate and distinct individuals. As if this is not enough, it is further emphasized in verse 2:
“Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord” (1:2 NIV). “Grace, mercy and peace” are said to come from God and Christ, with no mention of the Holy Spirit. This would be surprising if the Trinity were true, but since the Holy Spirit is not a person, this statement makes perfect sense.

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever” (1:17 NIV). This sets Almighty God totally apart as being “eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God”, since Christ was created, died, and was visible while on earth.

“There is one God and one mediator between God and Christ, the man Christ Jesus” (2:5 NIV). By definition, the mediator cannot be either of the two parties that he mediates “between”. Therefore, it is obvious that Christ cannot be either”God” or “mankind”. No, Christ is “the man”, the “one mediator”. This one scripture is enough to obliterate Trinitarian notions.

“Who gave himself as a ransom for all people” (2:6 NIV). “Sacrificed himself” (REB). Jesus died as a ransom sacrifice. Almighty God “Yahweh . . . never dies” (Habakkuk 1:12 NJB), therefore Jesus cannot be Almighty God. This one fact also obliterates the Trinity.

“He appeared in the flesh” (3:16 NIV). KJV and NKJV have “God was manifest in the flesh”, however, footnoted editions admit that the Greek did not originally read this way. John 1:14 says “The Word [Christ] became flesh” (NASB). Numbers 23:19 says that “God is not human” (NIV), and John 1:18 says that “No one has seen God at any time” (NASB). Since God has never been on earth, nor “in the flesh”, nor “human”, but it says Christ did experience all that, obviously Christ cannot be Almighty God.

“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels, I warn you” (1 Timothy 5:21 NRSV). God and Jesus are just as separate and distinct as they are from the angels.

“Until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—-God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see” (1 Timothy 6:14-16 NIV). Here we plainly see that Almighty God is set apart from Jesus Christ, and God is the only one who has eternally been immortal (compare Revelation 1:18), and whom no one has ever seen (John 1:18).

Of the eight times that God and Jesus are mentioned in 1 Timothy, their being distinct and separate is made very clear. Also, the Holy Spirit is never mentioned, which would be confusing if the Holy Spirit was in reality the third “person” of the so-called Trinity. Rather, these eight simple Biblical statements devastate the Trinity dogma.

2 thoughts on “Are Jesus Christ and Almighty God Part of a Trinity?—-1 Timothy

  1. I believe you have clearly shown that God and Jesus are different persons, but what about verses which seem to point to a Holy Spirit? What is this Holy Spirit?

  2. Gary, thanks! “You will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you” (Acts 1:8 NAB). As this verse indicates, the Holy Spirit is God’s power. Another clue is that the Holy Spirit is described by the article “the”, which is not used to describe persons, although the Holy Spirit is personified frequently. For instance, Jesus said, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because to neither sees it nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you and will be in you” (John 14:16,17 NAB). Describing the Holy Spirit with the use of “the” and “it”, is a clear indication of the impersonal nature of the Holy Spirit. God’s angel was used to foretell facts about the child that would grow up to be “John the Baptist”, “He will be filled with the holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb” (Luke 1:15 NAB). A person cannot be filled with another person, but they can be filled with God’s power.

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