Tuesday, May 28, 2019

1 Peter 3:15 And The Deity Of Jesus Christ

  • Discussion:
          -1 Peter 3:15 is a biblical proof for the deity of Jesus Christ as a stand alone:

          "but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect."

          1 Peter 3:13-14 is an allusion to Isaiah 8. A connection is made with Isaiah 8:13:

          “But the Lord of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread."

          Peter substitutes the Old Testament phrase "the Lord of hosts" with "Christ the Lord," thereby proving that he believed Jesus Christ to be God in the flesh. We are to honor Him as the Holy One. 


  1. Be aware of the variant reading since the Majority Text and the Textus Receptus, from which we get the King James, does not say Christ in 1 Peter 3:15. Rather, it says Lord God. Therefore, anyone who prefers the MT or TR, and goes with translations that are based on these manuscripts, such as the KJV, New Kings, Modern English Version, and World English Bible, cannot use this as a proof text for Christ's divinity.

  2. Unfortunately, I am not able to comment on the language of the Textus Receptus or the Majority Text at this point in time. However, I can say that modern translations such as the New American Standard Bible or English Standard Version are rendered as "Christ the Lord" from "kyrion de ton Christon." The NET Bible has this useful footnote:

    "tc Most later mss (P M) have θεόν (theon, “God”) instead of Χριστόν (Christon; “Christ”) here. But Χριστόν is widely supported by excellent and early witnesses (P א A B C Ψ 33 1739 al latt sy co), and as a less common idiom better explains the rise of the other reading."