Titus 2:13 -- The Smoking Gun -- Jesus is God
Titus 2:13 is found in the middle of a sentence that reaches from vs. 11 through 14, the chain of genitive nouns τῆς δόξης τοῦ μεγάλου θεοῦ καὶ σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ has divided those who study languages and theologians between three different interpretations:
- (1) The text refers to both God the Father (τοῦ μεγάλου θεοῦ) and to Jesus (σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ), and the glory that will appear at the Parousia belongs to both of them (cf. KJV)
- (2) The whole phrase is referring to Jesus Christ, called “our great God and Savior", whose glory will be seen at His Second Coming.
- (3) Jesus Christ is described as “the glory of our great God and Savior.”
Which of these reflect the truth of Jesus? Please feel free to share any references or other voices to make your case, pro or con. Let's have a fruitful discussion that leads to better knowledge and understanding. Thanks CM