In the Bible book of 2 Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul speaks of both God and Jesus Christ. If Paul believed Jesus is God, we should be able to find evidence of this from his writings. But is this the case in 2 Thessalonians? Let’s examine some verses to find out.
“To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess 1:1)
In the very first verse, God is distinguished here as Father – something Jesus is never called in the New Testament.
“Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess 1:2)
The same clear distinction is made between Jesus and God in the second verse.
“He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” (2 Thess 1:8)
Two separate individuals are spoken of here – God and Jesus.
“We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess 1:12)
Again, God and Jesus are spoken of as separate and distinct. Notice how Jesus is not called “God,” but “Lord.” The phrase “Our God” is differentiated from “the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“He [God] called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess 2:14)
This verse shows that God is in control, and He uses Jesus in a mighty way.
“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.” (2 Thess 3:5)
God and Christ are distinguished yet again in this verse.
So as we can see from the book of 2 Thessalonians, Paul describes the Father as God, and Jesus Christ as Lord. He differentiates God from Jesus. And he never calls Jesus “God.”
For more information about this topic, read our series of articles: “Is Jesus Christ God Almighty?”
All Bible verses quoted from New International Version (NIV)