Many people use Paul's writings as proof that Jesus is God. But this is not fair to Paul, because Paul clearly believed that Jesus is not God. In his first letter to Timothy, Paul wrote: "I charge you in the sight of God, and Christ Jesus, and the elect angels, to keep these instructions..." (ch. 5, v. 21). It is clear from this that the title God applies not to Christ Jesus, but to someone else. In the following chapter, he again differentiates between God and Jesus when he says:
"In the sight of God who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus..." (ch. 6, v. 13). Paul then went on to speak of "the second appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ which God will bring about in his own time (ch. 6 vv. 14-15). Again, the title God is deliberately turned away from Jesus. Incidentally, many people think that when Jesus is called "Lord" in the Bible that means "God". But in the Bible this title means master or teacher, and it can be used for addressing humans (see I Peter ch. 3, v. 6).
Is Jesus God? The Bible Says, "No!" Part 5
(I Timothy ch. 6, vv. 15-16) Paul says that God alone is immortal. Immortal means he does not die. anyone who believes that Jesus died cannot believe that Jesus is God. Such a belief would contradict Paul.