Before I give a little detail about Peter distinguishing between God and Jesus, I would like to quote Anthony Buzzard and Charles Hunting from their book, “The Doctrine of the Trinity – Christianity’s Self-Inflicted Wound.”
“One a belief has been accepted both intellectually and emotionally as truth, any challenge to that cherished tenet is liable to almost automatic rejection. The very human desire of all of us to conform to the group which has nourished us and the lifetime patterns of thought learned from sincere teachers we trusted and respected tends to create barriers which secure us against all objections and can blind us to the most obvious truths. When those deeply held beliefs are challenged, we naturally feel threatened and defensive. Robert Hall, a 19th century writer on religion, observed wisely that:
Whatever holds back a spirit of inquiry is favorable to error, whatever promotes it, to truth. But nothing, it will be acknowledged, has a greater tendency to obstruct the spirit of inquiry, than the spirit and feeling of party. Let a doctrine, however erroneous, become a party distinction, and it is at once entrenched in interests and attachments which make it extremely difficult for the most powerful artillery of reason to dislodge it.”
The Scripture is our powerful artillery of reason and truth to dislodge the party line.
Recently I have pointed out clear Scriptures which Jesus makes a distinction between himself and the Father, as well as the apostles making that clear distinction, but are not even given the slightest bit of acknowledgement but are totally ignored. They want to by-pass these clear statements from God Himself and Jesus Himself, and start quoting other passage of Scriptures to try and prove a man-made doctrine called the “Trinity” and favor the traditional interpretations of man (most Trinitarians, of course), who have tampered with the Scriptures with their biased doctrine, just as the NIV translators have done by adding “sinful nature” to the Scriptures when there is no such adjective before “nature” and having us believe we are all born sinners (Ps. 51:1). Translators have also done this to certain passages of Scripture to try and enforce a Trinity doctrine where none exists. What they have done is make the word of God a contradiction. But if we take the clear statements when it comes to showing that God is not Jesus and Jesus is not God, then we must go by that foundation. We must use our common sense and our God-given ability to reason by comparing Scripture with Scripture. Let’s hear what Peter has to say about Jesus,
And coming into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked His disciples, saying, Who do men say Me to be, the Son of Man? And they said, Some say, John the Baptist; some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. He said to them, But who do you say I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered and said to him, You are blessed, Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal it to you, but My Father in Heaven. Matthew 16: 13-17
Note Peter did not say Christ is “God”.
Jesus also told Peter how he must suffer many things at the hands of the religious authorities in Jerusalem and be killed there. We read that,
“Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, ‘God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You’” (Matthew 16.22).
Upon Peter’s confession (“you are the Christ, the Son of the living God”), Peter would no longer have made a distinction between God and Jesus if he now believed Jesus is God, but he does. Peter distinguishes between God and Christ. If Peter thought Jesus was God, he sure wouldn’t have said “God forbid it, Lord.”
After Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, on the first day of Pentecost, Peter told the crowd,
“Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst” (Acts 2.22).
Again, Peter distinguishes Jesus from God. Peter never believed Jesus was God.
Peter proclaims to the crowd and ends with,
“…let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified” (Acts 2.36).
We must take off the very dark deceptive Trinitarian glasses that has blinded us for so long and believe what Peter says, along with the other apostles as well as the apostle Paul who preached to both Jews and Gentiles. People have worn the dark glasses for so long, that to present them with the light of truth, it hurts their eyes. They cannot see it, they refuse to believe it! Let’s not repeat the words of the Serpent, “Yea, hath God said…?” I appeal to you my brothers and sisters, BELIEVE what God says. BELIEVE what Jesus says! Get the foundational belief in there first and the holy Spirit will open our eyes to the rest!
Christ is not God. Jesus is Lord, but Jesus is not God. Jesus is subordinate to God. Peter identifies Jesus as God’s “servant” (Acts 3.13, 26; cf. 4.27, 30; 1 Peter 2.22).
Furthermore, God did not die and CANNOT die. If God died, he cannot be God. And to say 1/3 of a person died, that is utmost ridiculous. Peter declared often that GOD raised Jesus from the dead (Acts 2.24, 32; 3.15; 4.10).
“You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him.… God raised Him up on the third day” (Acts 10.38, 40).
I guess in the Trinitarian doctrine 2/3’s of a person that was living raised the other 1/3 that was dead?!
Peter never asserted that Jesus was or is God. People may quote other passages of Scripture that they THINK may prove the trinity doctrine, but until we find out who Jesus is and take the words of Jesus Himself as the foundation of our belief, it is better to start there instead of twisting other passages of Scripture to fit a pet man-made doctrine.
There is only ONE true God. Jesus asserted this himself when he was asked what is the first commandment of all. He repeated what was proclaimed throughout the Old Testament,
And coming up, one of the scribes, hearing them arguing, knowing that He answered them well, he questioned Him, What is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The FIRST OF ALL the commandments is: “Hear, Israel. The Lord our God is one Lord, Mark 12:28-29
Jesus has a God! He is not God.
Jesus said to her, Do not touch Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father. But go to My brothers and say to them, I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and My God, and your God. John 20:17
When Jesus prayed his last prayer to his Father before his crucifixion and said what everlasting life is, he prays,
And this is everlasting life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. John 17:3