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Kermit Zarley's confusion concerning the Lord Jesus

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Kermit Zarley is a Unitarian, as such he denies the Lord Jesus is God. When one engages in this error it is not surprising that it will lead to all sorts of confusion.[*1]


Quotation #1

However, Paul, unlike other NT authors, applies the title “Lord” (Greek kurios) exclusively to Jesus and thus never to the Father. (Is Jesus God Because He is Lord?, paragraph #6)



Quotation #2

He also writes that God the Father “is the blessed and only Sovereign” (1 Timothy 6.15). (What Was Paul's Christology?, last paragraph)



Kermit Zarley has put himself in a terrible contradiction. To whom does the "Lord" apply to in 1 Timothy 6:15? According to the first quote it would be to the Lord Jesus but according to the second quote it would be to the Father.

1 Timothy 6:15

which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords (NKJV)




Furthermore, 2 Corinthians 6:18 presents another serious dilemma for Kermit Zarley concerning Paul's use of "Lord." It reads:

"And I will be a father to you,

And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,"

Says the Lord Almighty. (NASB)

Since Mr. Zarely insists that the "Lord" refers to the Lord Jesus (see the first quote) this would mean he believes the Lord Jesus is "the Lord Almighty" in 2 Corinthians 6:18. It's time for Mr. Zarley to say good-bye to the "false jesus" Unitarianism offers and embrace the true Jesus of the Bible who is "the Lord Almighty."




[*1] See also here:



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Did Peter Believe Jesus Was God?

 This is the title and the question asked by Kermit Zarley in which he subsequently answered in the negative as seen in his article found here:



 Peter gives an abundant amount of evidence that he believed the Lord Jesus is God.

1. He affirmed the omniscience of the Lord Jesus in John 21:17 and Acts 1:24.[*1]

2. He worshiped (proskyneō) the Lord Jesus (Matthew 14:33; 28:9; Luke 24:52; cf. Luke 5:8).

3. He prayed (proseuchomai) unto the Lord Jesus (Acts 1:24-25), and subsequently cast lots unto Him in order for Him to reveal His Divine will (Acts 1:26).

4. He applied YHWH from Joel 2:32 (3:5 LXX) unto the Lord Jesus in Acts 2:21. Furthermore, this calling upon the name of the Lord refers to praying to the Lord Jesus.[*2]

5. He admonished Simon and commanded him to pray (deomai) to the Lord Jesus in Acts 8:22.

6. He referred to the Lord Jesus as the Lord of all in Acts 10:36.[*3]

7. He affirms that Christians come to the Lord Jesus in worship (1 Peter 2:3).[*4] Notice too that he applies YHWH of Psalm 34:8 unto the Lord Jesus.

8. He affirmed the omniscience of the Lord Jesus in 1 Peter 2:25.[*5]

9. He affirms that prayer (deēsis) is rendered unto the Lord Jesus in 1 Peter 3:12. Notice too that he applies YHWH of Psalm 34:15-16a unto the Lord Jesus (cf. see #7 above).

10. He affirms that Christians are to sanctify Christ as Lord in their hearts in 1 Peter 3:15. The Greek word for sanctify (hagiazō) is the same word used to hallow the Father in prayer (Matthew 6:9). Furthermore, 1 Peter 3:15 is taken from Isaiah 8:13 where the "Lord" is in reference to YHWH. Thus Peter applies YHWH unto the Lord Jesus.

11. He renders a doxology unto the Lord Jesus in 1 Peter 4:11.[*6]

12. He employs the word "Christian" about himself and all other believers in 1 Peter 4:16.[*7]

13. He refers to himself as a slave of Jesus Christ in 2 Peter 1:1.[*8]

14. He refers to the Lord Jesus as "God" in 2 Peter 1:1.[*9]

15. He refers to the Lord Jesus as our despotēs in 2 Peter 2:1.[*10]

16. He renders another doxology unto the Lord Jesus in 2 Peter 3:18.[*11]



[*1] https://www.christforums.com/topic/5196-kardiognōstēs-does-it-mean-omniscient/?tab=comments#comment-58451


[*2] https://www.christforums.com/forums/topic/8806-calling-on-the-name-of-the-lord-praying-to-jesus/


[*3] David Guzik: This is a powerful phrase, showing the deity of Jesus. Peter could never say this if Jesus were not (and is not) God.  


[*4] Wayne Grudem: Peter says that as Christians are continually coming to Christ (in worship and prayer and faith), they are then "being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jess Christ" (1 Peter 2:5 NASB) (Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, page 1008-1009).


[*5] H. W. Beyer: Christ is He who has the fullest knowledge of souls. He knows every inner secret, as is said of God...The phrase "shepherd and bishop of your souls" carries within it all that is said by Greek speaking Gentiles and Jews about God as episkopos (TDNT 2:615, episkopos). 


[*6] Matthew Henry: The apostle's adoration of Jesus Christ, and ascribing unlimited and everlasting praise and dominion to him, prove that Jesus Christ is the most high God, over all blessed for evermore. Amen 



[*7] A Christian is a worshiper of Jesus Christ.

Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: The name was first given to the worshippers of Jesus by the Gentiles (Christianos). 


[*8] That Christians are slaves (doulos) of Jesus demonstrates that He is worshiped as God.



[*9] When we compare 2 Peter 1:1 with that of 2 Peter 1:11 we see that Peter refers to the Lord Jesus as God. 

1:1 our God and Savior Jesus Christ - τοῦ θεοῦ ἡμῶν καὶ σωτῆρος Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ 
1:11 our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ - τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν καὶ σωτῆρος Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ 
     a. William Mounce: Peter calls Jesus Christ "our God and Savior" (2 Pet. 1:1) (Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, God, page 298). 
     b. Thomas Schreiner: The grammar clearly indicates that Jesus Christ is called "God" in this verse (1, 2 Peter, Jude: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture, page 286). 


[*10] Daniel Whedon: The word for Lord is δεσποτης, master, denoting supreme authority and sovereignty. These false teachers had charged St. Peter with misrepresenting, in his first epistle, the power and dignity of Christ. See notes on 2 Peter 1:16. They denied, then, the Godhead of our Lord Jesus Christ; they denied his lordship over men and angels; and they denied the redeeming efficacy of his death. 


[*11] https://www.christforums.com/forums/topic/11912-worship-jesus-in-doxology-2-timothy-418-2-peter-318/


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