Acts 4:24-30

24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said,

Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:

25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?

26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.

27 For of a truth against thy holy child servant Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,

28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child servant Jesus.

From verse 26 we know that Lord in this prayer doesn’t mean Christ, but rather means Jehovah.  Christ is seen as distinct: “against the Lord and against his Christ.”

Jesus is referred to in verses 27 and 30 as “thy holy child servant Jesus” showing that the Prayer is addressed to the Father, not Jesus.  

On the reason why I’ve struck out the KJV’s “child” and put “servant” its because that’s what the Greek word really means. Check the ASV or NASB if you don’t believe me. Its the same word (παιδος) that is translated “servant” with respect to David in verse 25.

This Prayer is distinctly lacking in Trinitarian terminology.  There’s no mention of “God the Son,” and no doxology to the Holy Spirit.  Jesus is called God’s “servant” which no Trinitarian would dare do….which is obviously part of the reason why the KJV translators put “child” instead of servant (remember Paul in Galatians 4, “the heir as long as he is a child is no better than a servant”…nice trick making that equivalence and going the other way with it).

I would also draw attention to verse 24:

Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:

No mention of the doctrine that pops up in a few places of God making the world through or by Christ.  Even in those places, it can be, and has been, argued that it is referring only to the recreation of all things in Christ.  “If any be in Christ, he is a new creation”…remember that one?

Anyway, the point is that from this Prayer, we would never in a million years imagine the apostles to be Trinitarians.  If, therefore, Trinitarianism is necessary to salvation, then are the apostles in hell?

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