1 Peter 2:3 – If you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
1 Peter 2:4 – To whom we are approaching. He is a living stone, rejected indeed of men, but with God chosen, precious.
1 Peter 2:5 – You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. — World English.
Psalm 34:8 – Oh taste and see that Yahweh is good. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. — World English.
The above verses are often placed together in effort to prove that Jesus is Yahweh. The assumption is that when Peter wrote “the Lord is gracious” that he was quoting Psalm 34:8, “Yahweh is good”, and that therefore by “the Lord” in 1 Peter 2:3, Peter meant Yahweh. The following verse applies “the Lord” to Jesus, and therefore Jesus is assumed to be Yahweh, and thus it would have to be further assumed that Yawheh is the stone that Yahweh chose, and that Yahweh is is Yahweh that laid the stone in Zion. (1 Peter 2:6) The trinitarian has to call upon human imagination so as to imagine, assume and add to the scritpures that Yahweh is not Yahweh who laid Yahweh as a stone, but that Yahweh who laid the stone, and who chose Yahweh, is the alleged first the person of Yahweh, while Yahweh who is laid and was hosen by Yahweh is the alleged second person of Yahweh. Thus Yahweh who laid the stone is not the Yawheh who is stone, but these are two persons of Yawheh, and both persons are the not two different Yahwehs, but they are the one and same Yawheh. And thus it is claimed that here in 1 Peter 2:3 concerning that the Lord means that Jesus is Yahweh.”
The trinitarian would, in effect, by use of the spirit of human imagination and formed assumptions that have to added to, and read into, the scriptures, have the verses understood as:
1 Peter 2:3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord [the alleged second person of the triune Yahweh] is gracious:
1 Peter 2:4 coming to him [the alleged second person of the triune Yahweh], a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God [not the triune Yahweh, but rather only the first person of the triune Yahweh], precious.
1 Peter 2:5 You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God [not the allged triune God, but only the alleged first person of the triune God] through Jesus Christ [the allged second person of the triune God].
1 Peter 2:6 Because it is contained in Scripture, “Behold, I [not the alleged triune Yahweh, but rather only the alleged first person of the triune Yahweh] lay in Zion a chief cornerstone [the alleged second person of the triune Yahweh], elect, precious: He who believes in him [the alleged second person of the triune Yahweh] will not be put to shame.”
Of course, in reality, we have no reason to use the spirit of human imagination so assume, add, and read all of the above into the scriptures as shown.
If Peter had Psalm 34:8 in mind when he wrote the words of 1 Peter 2:3, at most one might assume it to be an indirect reference, since Peter did not use the word “good”, and since what Peter stated is not in the same structure as stated in Psalm 34:8. Rather than assume all that the trinitarian would assume, one would best assume in line with what is revealed in the Bible, that Peter is speaking of Jesus as the one who speaks and represents Yahweh. — — Deuteronomy 18:15-19; Matthew 22:32; 23:39; Mark 11:9,10; 12:26; Luke 13:35; 20:37; John 3:2,17,32-35; 4:34; 5:19,30,36,43; 6:57; 7:16,28; 8:26,28,38; 10:25; 12:49,50; 14:10; 15:15; 17:8,26; 20:17; Acts 2:22,34-36; 3:13-26; 5:30; Romans 15:6; 2 Corinthians 1:3; 8:6; 11:31; Colossians 1:3,15; 2:9-12; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:1.
Whether Peter had Psalm 34:8 in mind or not, the context, however, would indicate that Peter, by use of “the Lord” in 1 Peter 2:3, did not mean that as stating that Jesus is Yahweh. Such a claim that Peter was stating that Jesus is Yahweh in 1 Peter 2:3 would make the context totally confusing, to say the least, and even self-contradictory.
Some points we might consider: As all the Bible writers do, Peter depicts “God” — the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — as one person, and not as more than one person, and he distinguishes “God” from Jesus. “God” is depicted in 1 Peter 1:3 as “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”. In 1 Peter 1:21, “God” is depicted as having raised Jesus from the dead, and having giving glory to Jesus. In 1 Peter 2:4, “God” is depicted as having chosen Jesus. In 1 Peter 2:5, the sacrifices of the church are acceptable to “God” through Jesus, and thus Jesus is not included in “God”. In 1 Peter 3:18, “Christ” is distinguished from “God”, as Jesus is depicted as the one who brings us to “God”. In 1 Peter 3:22, we find that Jesus is at the right hand of “God”, is thus being excluding from being “God”. Indeed, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is depicted as only one person throughout Peter’s letter, as we find to be true throughout the entire Bible.
If we belong to the Lord Jesus, we taste of his graciousness. We can say: “His fruit was sweet to my taste.” (Song of Solomon 2:3) As we come to Jesus and sit down under his shadow with great delight, we hear his words as recorded in the Bible, and learn of his sacrifice and of his resurrection. Nevertheless, to taste of this graciousness of Jesus is same as tasting of the goodness of his God and Father, since it is through Jesus that one can gain access to the Father. (John 14:6) Jesus has declared his God to us. (John 1:18) Jesus has given us the words of His God. (Deuteronomy 18:15-19; John 3:34; 14:10) Jesus, in the days of his flesh, demonstrated the goodness of his God and Father, and he has shown that goodness to those who believe on him; and will yet show that goodness to the world in the coming age when the glory of Yahweh will fill the earth.
Sites linked to above may present the idea that Jesus is Yahweh, or they may present the idea that Jesus is a person of God; of course, we do not agree that Jesus is Yahweh, and one may find abundant evidence on this site that disprove the claims given on those sites. See also the defending the faith site, the Son of Yahweh site, the Jesus is Not Yahweh site, and What Does the Scripture Mean? site.
Psalm 34:8 and 1 Peter 2:3 New World Translation
The author of the material on the above link presents some good information, although we do not necessarily agree with all that is stated.
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