PAUL'S ERRONEOUS TEACHINGS ABOUT THE CHRIST

Study Series: Paul Altered Christ, Part 5

The New Testament writer Paul, a former persecutor of the early disciples’ movement, is the only New Testament writer who taught about the deity of Christ, either openly or indirectly. This is one possible reason why the Roman Church included almost all, if not all, of his texts and epistles in their canon of the New Testament to support their then recently formulated doctrine that The Lord Jesus is not only The Son of God but also himself, God.

 

Although Paul also taught in God being one (1 Tim. 2:5 / 1 Cor. 8:6) and did not teach in verbatim that The Christ is God, however he has exemplified him to have certain God-specific attributes like that of being a Creator and of being co-equal with God Himself. This study will present how Paul’s form of theology has bred unbiblical and contradicting theologies that have created different views about God and Christ from the eternal-life-giving-teachings of The Lord Jesus Christ. Notable of Paul’s teachings on God and Christ that have been used as bases for these theologies are those recorded in Hebrews 1:8, 10-12, Philippians 2:6-7, and Colossians 2:9:

 

(Hebrews 1:8, 10-12)

8 But to the Son He says:

“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom…10 And:

“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands. 11 They will perish, but You remain;
And they will all grow old like a garment;
12 Like a cloak You will fold them up,
And they will be changed.
But You are the same,
And Your years will not fail.”

 

(Philippians 2:6-7)

6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God. 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

 

(Colossians 2:9)

9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily...

 

PAUL MISUNDERSTOOD DAVID’S PROPHECY

Was Paul correct in his views of The Christ’s equality with God being a Creator also. Was he in conformity with the teachings of The Savior about the only true God and Himself? How was he mistaken with his understanding of the prophecy of David that is recorded in the 45th and 102nd chapters of Psalm?

 

Since Paul quoted David’s prophecy, let us understand the context of his prophecy and see for ourselves whether Paul was spot on with his understanding (Heb. 1:8) of David’s prophecies:

 

(Psalm 45:2-8)

My heart is overflowing with a good theme;

I recite my composition concerning the King;

My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

2 You are fairer than the sons of men;

Grace is poured upon Your lips;

Therefore God has blessed You forever.

3 Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One,

With Your glory and Your majesty.

4 And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness;

And Your right hand shall teach You awesome things.

5 Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies;

The peoples fall under You.

6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;

A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness;

Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You

With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.

(Note: Highlighted verses are the ones quoted by Paul)

 

David did not refer to The Christ as his God whose throne is forever and ever but to the only God whom he recognized. Let us be clear that there are two subjects in this prophetic composition of David – The King he prophesied and the only God he recognized. Although he prophesied of the future King (The Christ – Rev. 19:16) in verses 1-5 and 7, his subject of reference was shifted unto God whose throne is forever (verse 6), and who will anoint and bless The King who is to become The Christ (verses 2 and 7). In fact, his prophesy only proves that The Christ is not God because the Anointed is NOT the Anointer, thus his statement in verse 7 stating “therefore God, Your God has anointed You” shows plurality of entities. It would be unimaginable for David to recognize another God other than He who will anoint the prophesied King based on his deep conviction about the singularity of God:

 

(Psalm 86:10)

10 For You are great, and do wondrous things;

You alone are God.

 

THE CREATOR IS NOT THE SON

Another misrepresentation of Paul concerning David’s faith is his reference to The Son as being The Creator of heavens and earth who will not change (Heb. 1:10-12). While Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 8:6 mirrored John 1:3 with regards to The Father, the one God who is the Creator, who created everything through The Lord Jesus being His Word; there was a change of key in his writing of the book of Hebrews, as he now taught The Son to be the creator of heavens and earth. Let us understand that the book of Hebrews was written about ten years after the book of 1 Corinthians as approximated by Bible scholars. This shift of Paul’s view became the Oneness theology that teaches God to be the same Spirit who is The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit, and therefore the same Creator. This shift of Paul’s view is irreconcilable with the Scriptures, and thus should be rejected. How so? How was Paul gravely mistaken with his understanding of David’s declaration and has indeed misled believers of The Lord? Here’s how:

 

(Psalm 102:24-27)

24 I said, “O my God,

Do not take me away in the midst of my days;

Your years are throughout all generations.

25 Of old You laid the foundation of the earth,

And the heavens are the work of Your hands.

26 They will perish, but You will endure;

Yes, they will all grow old like a garment;

Like a cloak You will change them,

And they will be changed.

27 But You are the same,

And Your years will have no end.

 

The faith of the Psalmist David is that God is The Creator of heavens and earth who will not change but remains the same. What makes us certain that he did not refer to The Son of God as The Creator? Because he has drawn the divide between God and His Son, and going back to his prophecy in the 45th chapter, this is clearly presented:

 

(Psalm 45:7)

7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness;

Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You

With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.

The God whom David recognized - the same Creator of heavens and earth, is NOT the One anointed but the One WHO anointed, and therefore not The Son! Could God be the same Father and Son (also Holy Spirit)? The answer is no! And although The Son came from The Father, they remain to be distinct entities:

(John 5:32, 37)

32 There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true… 37 And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. 

 

According to The Lord Jesus, The Father is the One He refers as ‘another’ who bears witness of Him, showing the separation of two entities who exist in one space and time.

THE SON IS NOT EQUAL WITH THE FATHER

With the above quoted texts from Paul, it would not be any more surprising if he mistakenly believed and openly taught The Christ Jesus to be equal with God, after all He is God’s Son. Does it not mean that ‘being in the form of God’ is to become God-like, or possessing a God-specific attribute? In this case, that of being a Creator (Heb. 1:8, 10) as only God is The Creator.

Paul’s understanding that The Christ counted Himself equal with God, but just not considering it robbery to think like that, is not a rare instance. In fact, the Jews who first heard The Christ preached about His status as God’s Son arrived at an understanding that He claimed to be God for claiming to be The Son of God, and judged Him for blasphemy! But those Jews were just as wrong as Paul was. How so?

(John 10:33-36)

33 The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”

34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”’?  35 If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), 36 do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 

That the Jews were definitely wrong in their understanding that The Christ made Himself God, and making Himself an equal with God, is proven by the fact that He corrected them in their misinterpretation of His statement. According to The Christ He was not blaspheming, nor was He making Himself equal with God, when He claimed to be The Son of God.

Could Paul even come close with the truth in his understanding of The Christ’s equality with God? Definitely not if we compare His understanding with the truth in Christ Jesus, for He should be the absolute authority when it comes to the knowledge and understanding of God. Here’s how The Lord Jesus proves how Paul, and the rest of the world who misunderstood Him and God, is wrong:

(John 14:28)

28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.

 

How could The Father of The Christ be greater than Him?

(John 17:1, 3)

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

 

The Father of The Lord Jesus is the only true God according to The Christ Himself! And because The Father alone is God then The Son could not be another God Himself! And also, because The Father is God, then naturally He is greater than The Son because He is NOT God. This is based on the self-admittance of The Son Himself when He said, “for My Father is greater than I.”

 

THE GODHEAD HERESY

Another misleading concept of Paul is his teaching on the Godhead. This is an invented concept that no other writer in the sixty-six books of our present Bible has ever mentioned. How did Paul present this then newly invented concept?

 

(Romans 1:19-20)

19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse…

 

(Colossians 2:9)

9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily…

 

What is the Godhead teaching of Paul? The only unabridged explanation based on Paul’s statement of “His eternal power and Godhead” is that it is an attribute of God that in all fullness dwells in The Lord Jesus. If we are to expand the depth of our analysis, the closest logical explanation will be Paul’s other statement in Philippians 2:6 about The Christ “being in the form of God”, or God-like that puts him equal with God! And we have already debunked this statement above as a wrong mindset to possess about The Christ.

 

How damaging is the invented concept of Godhead? This supports the other invented dogma about the Godhead being three persons in one, or the Trinity doctrine, the biggest paradox that has misled most of the Christian world. Let us understand that “the canon of the New Testament, as commonly received at present, was ratified by the third Council of Carthage (A.D. 397), and from that time was accepted throughout the Latin Church…” (Canon of Scripture, Unger’s Bible Dictionary, p. 178) (A Faithful Version)”, seventy-two years after the Council of Nicaea that formulated the teaching that The Lord Jesus Christ is God.

 

By the way, if there is a Godhead wouldn’t be just logical to also think that there is a corresponding Godbody? Yes, it would be. And because Paul did not explicitly mention Godbody we can logically assume that this is the one headed by Christ (Colossians 1:8), Paul’s concept of church. If so, then it makes The Christ Jesus to be the Godhead which in turn makes sense of the Trinitarian concept and the notion that The Lord Jesus is God.

(For a more in-depth analysis on the unbiblical logic of the Trinity doctrine please read: https://www.spiritualhouse.info/trinir)

CHRIST BECAME A SPIRIT

(1 Corinthians 15:45)

45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

Without any shadow of doubt, Paul referred to The Christ Jesus as the last Adam who became a 'life-giving spirit.' This statement has led the majority of Christ-believers to believe that the Lord is now a spirit in heaven. And because God is Spirit, they conclude that He must be God also. Could it be so?

Was Paul's teaching about The Christ's present state of being or nature to be that of a spirit aligned with scriptural truth? Is The Lord Jesus, now that He is in heaven, already a spirit?

(Psalm 80:17)

17 Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand,
Upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself.

As prophesied by David, the One seated at the right hand of God is a man! And this man is none other than The Christ Jesus who 'was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God' (Mk. 16:19). How is this proven by Apostle John?

(1 John 3:2)

2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 

The fact that The Lord can be seen when He returns only proves that He is not a spirit and of Paul's doctrinal error. Unfortunately, it has already left a malicious imprint unto most of today's Christianity.

CONCLUSION

Certain writings of Paul about The Lord Jesus has misled many believers and made them believe in Him to be a deity who is equal with God and thus, either another God (second person of the Trinity) or the same God as The Father (Oneness theology). These are teachings that block man from his chance of attaining eternal life:

 

(John 17:1, 3)

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You… 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

 

This is one reason why the Roman Catholic Church chose to include most of Paul's writings in their final canon of the New Testament, as his writings support their then newly formulated doctrine that The Lord Jesus is God, as first decreed to be an article of faith in the Council of Nicaea in the year 325 A.D..

We cannot expect any reader of this article to readily accept this presentation as this openly scrutinize some of  Paul's teachings about The Savior, thus making this sound too radical and very unconventional for your liking. However, we continue to hold as a principle that the truth about God, The Christ Jesus and His salvation will have to be very radical sounding only because the truth has been, for over two thousand years, so much corrupted.

 

(John 8:32) 

". .. the truth shall make you free.”

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • SoundCloud Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon