Does Tom Wright Believe Jesus Is God?

I am sometimes asked, "Does Tom (N.T.) Wright believe Jesus is God?" Or I am told that he does not. I'm also asked the same question about Jimmy (J.D.G.) Dunn. Wright and Dunn are Brits. I know both of them, and we have discussed this subject briefly. I regard both men as being at the top of their craft--New Testament scholarship. Both are very cordial and a total delight to talk to. When Tom Wright does public speaking, he charms his audience.For me, Wright and Dunn answer this question … [Read more...]

Eight Benefits of “Solving the Samaritan Riddle”

The New Testament book of Acts says Philip preached about Jesus to Samaritans who then believed (Acts 8.4–12), but they did not receive the Holy Spirit until days later when Peter and John came and laid hands on them (vv. 14–17). After that, Peter preached Jesus to a Gentile household. “While he was speaking,” they believed and “the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word” (10.44). Why did the Samaritans receive the Holy Spirit days after they believed, but the Gentiles received the Spirit w … [Read more...]

Tom Wright Says Jesus Didn’t Know He Was God

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I know Tom (N. T.) Wright of the UK. He is a most charming fellow and an engaging public speaker. He also is one of the top theologians in the world. Many of his peers would say he is the world's preeminent New Testament scholar. Tom Wright is also a Trinitarian.In Tom's book, The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is (IVP, 1999), he states, "I do not think Jesus knew he was God" (p. 121). I think Wright is right about that. And he certainly is not alone; many distinguished … [Read more...]

“Peter’s Kingdom Keys Explain Subsequence”

The following is my first journal article. It was published a few days ago in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology. (See my 11/1/13 post about this subject entitled "Peter's Kingdom Keys Explain Spirit Baptism.") The thesis of this article is laid out in more detail in my new book, Solving the Samaritan Riddle: Peter's Kingdom Keys Explain Early Spirit Baptism. Published by Wipf and Stock Publishers on September 24, 2015, this book is now available at amazon.com, wipfandstockpublishers.com, and … [Read more...]

The Christological Confusion of Chalcedon

The Bible tells us Jesus of Nazareth was a man who was tempted by Satan, suffered persecution, and died. But the church of later generations said Jesus was and is also God. Thus, Jesus is a God man, 100 percent God and 100 percent human.Yet the Bible says, "God cannot be tempted by evil" (James 1.13). And it also says God is "immortal" (1 Timothy 1.17; 6.16), so that he cannot die. How can Jesus be God when he was really tempted by Satan and Jesus literally died?In 451, the Catholic … [Read more...]

List of All My Posts About Jesus Not Being God in the Bible

(Search the following posts in Archive Index according to date. Bible texts treated mostly in these posts are appended in bold. All scriptures from NRSV unless otherwise noted. Most of these posts are two-three pages in length that represent condensations of my book The Restitution of Jesus Christ, available only at my website kermitzarley.com.)1. 5/1/13: “If Jesus Emptied Some of His Deity, He Could No Longer Be in the Trinity” Phillipians 2.72. 5/8/13: “Incarnation and Trinity Give Us a … [Read more...]

Was Jesus Making Himself God?

The Gospel of John records a narrative in which Jesus' Jewish interlocutors accused him of "making yourself God" (John 10.33 NRSV and throughout). This is one of two texts in this gospel that traditionalist Christians cite to support that Jesus was God, the other being John 5.18. But they misinterpret both texts by claiming that these accusations were true of Jesus--saying he indeed was "making himself equal to God" (5.18) and making himself God (10.33). On the contrary, in both texts the author … [Read more...]

Is Jesus God Because He Is the Son of God?

The New Testament often identifies Jesus as "the Son of God." Most Christians believe Jesus was both fully man and fully God, and most of them believe Jesus was God because he is the Son of God. This belief dates back to church fathers, who eventually came to also call Jesus "God the Son." But this notion is not based on the Bible. Christians have reasoned that if God has a Son he must be God because when a man, a human being, has a son that son is a human being. There are some fallacies in this … [Read more...]


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