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Jesus is deity but not part of a Trinity:

Paul’s greetings in his epistles disprove the Trinity

by Bill Wong

 

 

 

Sometimes when we read something, we may just casually glance over parts of it when we really should not. If we do this in a book or magazine or newspaper, it is generally not a big deal.   However, we should not be reading our Bibles this way. We must study the word diligently. Every word has meaning and is part of a greater whole. It is only when we approach the Word of God in a holistic manner will we get the truth.

 

We often hear the phrase ‘the Bible explains itself’, but we fall into the habit of only looking at what we want to see or what others keep telling us to see as the truth. However, the Bible tells us we should be like the Bereans who, though they eagerly received God’s word from the apostle Paul and others, they still examined the Word of God every day to see if what they have heard or have been taught is true according to the Bible (Acts 17:10-11).

 

To search the Scriptures this way requires us to not skip anything over. Indeed, it is very often the simpler things which have the most importance and make us see the truth. We do not have to over-spiritualize anything. God does not want to confuse us, because He is not a God of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33).

 

To know His truth requires a truly humble heart and eyes to see and ears to hear.

 

By humble heart we mean a genuine love of God that holds Him and His truth as being the most important thing in our lives and we will go wherever it takes us, even if it contradicts what we have always known and the people around us disagree (we hold onto it even to death if need be, as the Bible says).

 

By eyes to see and ears to hear, we mean complete objectivity and common sense logic. What we read should be devoid of bias, emotion, etc.

 

It is the grace and power of God that leads us to His truth and gives us discernment, but we must not turn away from His truth, because it makes us uncomfortable. God’s truth – His word, is meant to penetrate into our very being (Hebrews 4:12-13). Like a surgeon’s scalpel, it may at first be “uncomfortable”, but it is for our ultimate good, as it exposes and removes what is bad and makes us well and whole.

 

So it is with this lens that we must read God’s word.

 

What does God say or does not say? What is missing or not missing? Why?

    

When we read the epistles in the New Testament, we probably skip past the greetings in the first few verses of the first chapters. But we should not. These greetings tell the truth about the nature of God and declare that the Trinity doctrine is undeniably false.

 

The apostle Paul opens all his epistles with a greeting “from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. Since the Trinity doctrine believes there are 3 persons, but yet 1 God, why is the “3rd” person missing? As coequal persons in a Trinity, should they not all be mentioned together and especially when these greetings come from God to His churches? The Trinity doctrine is already proven false, because the supposed 3rd person in this godhead is missing in every greeting:

 

 

Romans 1:

7 To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:

   Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  (NKJV)

 

1 Corinthians 1:

2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints,

   with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

   (NKJV)

 

2 Corinthians 1:

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth,

   with all the saints who are in all Achaia:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  (NKJV)

 

Galatians 1:

1 Paul, an apostle not sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father,

   who raised Him from the dead),

2 and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:

3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,

4 who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age,

  according to the will of our God and Father,

5 to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen.

  (NASB)

 

Ephesians 1:

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  (NKJV)

 

Philippians 1:

1 Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi,

  including the overseers and deacons:

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  (NASB)

 

Colossians 1:

2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse:
   Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.    
3 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;

   (NKJV)

 

1 Thessalonians 1:

1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  (NKJV)

 

2 Thessalonians 1:

1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  (NKJV)

 

1 Timothy 1:

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope,

2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

   (NASB)

 

 

2 Timothy 1:

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life in Christ Jesus,

2 To Timothy, my beloved son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

  (NASB)

 

Titus 1:

1 Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ,

   for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness,

2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago,

3 but at the proper time manifested, even His word,

   in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior,

4 To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

   (NASB)

 

Philemon 1:

1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer,

2 to the beloved Apphia, Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  (NKJV)

 

 

 

These greetings show another way why the Trinity doctrine is false. How? Because it only states one person to be God and that is the father of the Lord Jesus Christ. This does not mean the Lord Jesus is not deity – He is, but it most definitely means He is not God as defined in a Trinity doctrine (please see article: John 1 disproves a Trinity).

 

The context of all these verses tell us if the Lord Jesus was truly God as an equal of His father as the Trinity doctrine says He is, than He should be called God in these instances. If the Lord Jesus supposedly defers, then why is naming someone God only reserved for the father and the Bible does not call God two out of three persons in a triune godhead in the most opportune time to do so? Is this not what a Trinity doctrine proposes and what we hear all the time – that there is a God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit?

 

Why would the Bible leave out a detail that the Lord Jesus is also God in a triune nature and should also be called God? Instead, why does the apostle Paul only call the father God?

 

If God is truly one God in three persons, why not say “greetings from God the father and God the son” or at least “greetings from God the father and the son”? Or, if a Trinity doctrine were true, then the greetings should really be: “greetings from God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit?

 

Of course we do not see any of this. The Holy Spirit is missing from all these greetings, because he is not a 3rd person at all. And the Lord Jesus is not addressed as God the Son, because a triune godhead does not exist.

 

 

In the extremely important issue of knowing who the God we worship really is in order that we may worship Him in spirit and truth as He wants us to do (John 4:23-24), it should become evident to us that only one of the following must be true when we read these greetings from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

 

1)  The Trinity doctrine is false and does not describe the true nature of God. This is why God does not mention the Holy Spirit at all (completely missing) and the Lord Jesus is not called God the Son.

 

2)  The Trinity doctrine is true, but God strangely leaves out the Holy Spirit, the 3rd of 3 coequal persons yet one God and does not call the Lord Jesus God the Son or even God at all. God leaves out this information even though He wants us to worship Him in spirit and truth.

 

 

It is a simple thing to include someone in a greeting if that person truly existed and is the 3rd  coequal person in a triune godhead.

 

It is also a very simple thing to call someone what the person is. If the Lord Jesus is God the Son and is truly the 2nd coequal person in a triune godhead, then He would be called that or something that would indicate this triune nature, but it just is not there in these greetings.

 

Instead, the Bible simply says God the father and the Lord Jesus Christ sends their greetings to the churches.

 

 

Only one is called God and it is the father. It is this same person that the Lord Jesus says is the true God:

 

John 17:

3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.   (NKJV)

 

 

It is the father who is the one called God in these greetings; He is also the Lord Jesus’ God:

 

Revelation 3:

12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more.

    I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem,

    which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.   (NKJV)

 

 

If someone is your God, does that not by definition mean you cannot be the equal of your God?

 

 

God did not accidentally leave out details in these greetings which would show a triune godhead.

How is that even possible for God? Why would He do that and contradict His own desire for us to worship Him in spirit and truth?

 

So we must seriously consider with a humble heart and total objectivity.

And when we do so, we will find that the Trinity doctrine is a lie.

 

 

 

Please also see the article ‘The Holy Spirit is Missing in Greetings’.