Tom Wright Says Jesus Didn’t Know He Was God

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). He also says it in other writings. He first said it in Jesus and the Victory of God … [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

Click on any of the titles below to see those posts. Bible texts treated mostly in these posts are appended in bold. All scriptures on my blog are from the NRSV unless otherwise noted.These posts listed below are two-three pages in length. They represent condensations of my book The Restitution of Jesus Christ. So far it is available only as a printed book at my website kermitzarley.com. Learn about this book at my website servetustheevangelical.com, which is dedicated solely to this book. C … [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...]

The One Who Sends Is Greater than the One Who Is Sent

Most Christians think the primary message of the Gospel of John is that Jesus is God. I think that is a misunderstanding of this gospel and that it never identifies Jesus as being God. Quite the contrary, the primary and most repeated message of the Gospel of John is that God sent Jesus to be the Savior of the world by dying on the cross. In fact, this gospel says numerous times that God sent Jesus, and in most of these instances, Jesus himself said God "sent me."God sending Jesus means God … [Read more...]

What Name Did God Give the Messiah?

Most Christians probably would think that this is a stupid question. For the most part, I would agree with them. But in the history of Christianity, for many Trinitarian Christians the most important biblical text they have cited for their belief that Jesus is God is Philippians 2.6-11. Modern scholars identify it as a hymn, calling it "the Philippian hymn." There is no consensus among them on whether or not Paul crafted this hymn himself or he merely adopted it as one probably known to his … [Read more...]