1 Timothy 6:14-16 – Who is the King of Kings
1 Timothy 6:14-16
That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
This is another example of a scripture that is understood based on how it is presented. The original text had no punctuation marks, the way we interpret the grammar of this writing is therefore at the publisher’s discretion as to how the passage is written. Some publishers want to view this text as referring to Christ so it is written as such. There are those however who view this passage as referring to God the Father. In order to believe, beyond a reasonable doubt, that something in the New Testament is true as written, we must see a pattern with minimal contradiction. The NIV Reads:
1 Timothy 6:14-16 (NIV)
(14) To keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
(15) which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
(16) who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
1 Timothy 6:14-16 (ERV)
(14) Do what you were commanded to do without fault or blame until the time when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.
(15) God will make that happen at the right time. God is the blessed and only Ruler. He is the King of all kings and the Lord of all lords.
(16) God is the only one who never dies. He lives in light so bright that people cannot go near it. No one has ever seen him; no one is able to see him. All honor and power belong to him forever. Amen.