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. Right?

      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'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

      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
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