Romans 9:5 – Christ came, who is over all, God blessed forever
(Romans 9:5) “Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.”
The original (Greek) text had no punctuation indications, as a result the way we interpret the grammar of this writing falls into two basic categories:
1. those who view this phrase as to make Christ into God; and
2. those who read this phrase as a eulogy referring to God the Father “God, who is over all, be blessed forever! Amen.” The full version (RSV) below.
- RSV: “to them belong the patriarchs, and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ. God who is over all be blessed forever. Amen.”
After doing some extensive research in review and comparing other closely worded verses (Romans 1:25; 2 Corinthians 11:31; 1 Timothy 6:13-16) I am in agreement with the second view, that the evidence supports those that view this as a eulogy to God the Father.
It does not say “Paul recognized the pre-existence of Christ as God the Father himself”. Roman 9:5 does not prove that Paul ever thought of Christ as God, to the contrary God is spoken of by the Apostle Paul not only as the Father but also the God of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 11:31; Ephesians 1:3, 17; 3:14; 1 Peter 1:3; 2 John 1:3).
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