Trinity on Trial An in-depth examination of Trinitarian doctrine
1 Timothy 6:14-16
I charge you in the sight of God who gives life to all, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep the commandment spotless and irreproachable until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which in his own time he will show, the Blessed and only Sovereign Power, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal might! Amen

Does the Bible explicitly exclude Jesus from the title of "God." It most certainly does. There are several passages which do so. This passage written by Paul is just one of them.

I charge you in the sight of God who gives life to all, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep the commandment spotless and irreproachable until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which in his own time he will show, the Blessed and only Sovereign Power (dynastes), the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal might! Amen.

1. No one has ever seen this person being discussed. And men also have indeed seen the risen and glorified Jesus. The Twelve Apostles saw the risen and ascended Jesus (John 20:17-30), Stephen saw the risen Jesus (Acts 7:56), and Paul saw the glorified and ascended Jesus. It is an obvious reference to God our Father, the "only" Sovereign Power.

No one has ever seen God; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he expresses him. (John 1:18).

And the Father who sent me has himself testified of me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen. (John 5:37).

Not that any one has seen the Father except him who is from God; he has seen the Father. (John 6:46).

No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his own Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. (1 John 4:12-14).

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. (Colossians 1:15).

Now to the King Eternal, immortal, invisible, the ONLY God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17).

2. This person alone has immortality.

I charge you in the sight of God who gives life to all....who alone possesses immortality

[Jesus speaking]: He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for all live to Him. (Luke 20:38).

I live because of the Father. (John 6:57).

For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer Lords over him. The death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. (Romans 6:9-10).

For if indeed he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives out of the power of God. (2 Corinthians 13:4).

3. Jesus Christ will "show" this person who has never been seen, or can be seen, and is called the "King of Kings and Lord of Lords."

And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called the Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will shepherd them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Revelation 19:11-16).

For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father. (Matthew 16:27).

See what love the Father has given us that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are now children of God; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. And every one who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.. (1 John 3:1-3).

Upon his resurrection Jesus was bodily clothed in the glory of God (1 Corinthians 6:4; Romans 6:4; 1 Cor 15:40-54; cf. John 17:5,24). The Spirit of God and life swallowed him up bodily in victory, and his bodily mortality was swallowed up in immortality, and being clothed in the Spirit is that glory, as Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 15:40-54. When he comes again he will appear in the glory of God his Father who is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and this is why Jesus has this written on his clothing; it represents the glory of the Father in which he is clothed.

4. This person is the ONLY Sovereign Potentate

I charge you in the sight of God who gives life to all, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep the commandment spotless and irreproachable until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ who will show in his own time, the Blessed and ONLY Sovereign Power, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who ALONE possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and Eternal might! Amen.

Now to the King Eternal, immortal, invisible, the ONLY God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Now, it is rather obvious to any thinking person here that the Father ALONE is that person who alone gives life and alone possesses immortality and is the ONLY God. There are more passages as well. This is the same message given to us by Jesus.

I do not receive glory from men. But I know that you have not the love of God within you. I have come in the name of my Father, and you do not receive me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the ONLY God? (John 5:41-44).

Father.... that they may know you the ONLY true God. (John 17:3)

So you figure that you can say each of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are the only true God can you? Sorry, it is not going to work. You cannot say, the Father is the only true Yahweh and the Son is the only true Yahweh and the Holy Spirit is the only true Yahweh. It is insane. And it is obvious that the word "God" is referring to a "who" in John 17:3 so trying to change the word's definition to a "what" is not going to work because I know that's what you will want to do to make it work. The fact that Jesus says, "know YOU" and then says "the only true God" proves undeniably that the word "God" here is most definitely referring to a "who." Furthermore, in John 5:44, where Jesus calls his Father "the only God" he also says the Jews were not seeking the glory (in the sense of honor) from that "only God" which again proves it is referring to a "who." Jesus says that the Father is the only true God. If indeed both sices of the equation are discussing a "who," and they are, then it simply does not matter if you say, "only the Father is true God" or "the Father is only the true God." Because each term "Father/You" and "the only true God" are BOTH refer to "who." Therefore, if you say it one way or the other makes no difference. They mean exactly the same thing. And to say someone else is "also" the only true God in addition to the only true God is nothing but pure insanity.

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