Did Paul teach that Jesus was God?

“Yes, after all…
  • Paul’s letters explicitly say Jesus is God

    In his letters, Paul writes rather blatantly that Jesus is God in some sense.

    After all, he says so in…

    • …Rom 9:5 — “Christ, who is God”
    • …Phil 2 — “in the form of God”
    • …2 Pet 1:1 — “Our God and savior, Jesus”
    • …Titus 2:13 — “Our God and savior, Jesus”
  • Paul’s letters overtly imply Jesus is God

    Paul unmistakably implies that Jesus is God, by taking Old Testament descriptions, roles and properties of God and applying them to Jesus.

    This page analyzes four arguments:

  • Paul's churches believed Jesus was God

    The various Greek churches that Paul planted and/or pastored believed that Jesus was Good.

    • Paul’s letters assume they believe it.
    • The authorities behind Paul's churches taught it.
  • The Jerusalem church believed Jesus was God

    A group of men bow before Jesus on the cross. The outline of Israel is in the background.

    The church lead by the apostles in Jerusalem publicly maintained that Jesus was God.

    • …they designated Jesus as κύριος in the YHWH-sense.
    • …they taught prayer to Jesus.
    • …Peter did
  • Paul believed Jesus was God

    A man bows down before a thought bubble that has Jesus inside, who is in turn holding up the planet earth.

    Paul genuinely believed that Jesus was God incarnate (YHWH).

    This page discusses this evidence:

    This is relevant because, if Paul believed Jesus was God, we can be sure he taught it.