In the Old Testament when you see the word LORD or JEHOVAH, is this referring to God the Father, or could it be referring to God the Son who became Christ Jesus?

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(Q)   In the Old Testament when you see the word LORD or JEHOVAH, is this referring to God the Father, or could it be referring to God the Son who became Christ Jesus?  

 

(A)   This question has perplexed scholars and teachers alike along with some of our modern religious sects. When we look at the scriptures honestly, literally, and have a willing heart to know the truth we will find the surprising answer. I shall start with a verse from the book of Isaiah 43: 3 which states in the first part of the verse the following: 3For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:

I am using the King James Version of the Bible so you need to know whenever we find the word “LORD” used in a verse in Capital letters, then we know LORD is also JEHOVAH. The Old Testament contains this name (JEHOVAH) some fifty-five hundred places. JEHOVAH bears the meaning of “continuing being, a personal, absolute, self-determining Existence. Remember as we quote scriptures with the name LORD in them it will  also mean JEHOVAH. As an example then, the above verse quoted from Isaiah 43: 3 can read like this: For I am JEHOVAH your God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour.

Now I am going to quote Isaiah 43: 3 again along with two other verses from Isaiah 43: 11, and Isaiah 45: 21-22:

Isaiah 43: 3:   3For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

Isaiah 43: 11:   11I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

Isaiah 45: 21-22:   21Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

22Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

The four verses above say the LORD (JEHOVAH) is the Saviour and there is none beside me. So the question remains, who is JEHOVAH in the Old Testament? Is it God the Father as some believe? Some religious sects believe when the Bible says there is only One God it means That God the Father is all there is. God to some means (ONE) singular being. So JEHOVAH according to their way of thinking could only mean God the Father as there would be no other. So then (The Father) would be the Saviour and beside Him there is no other. Let’s look at the first verse in the Bible and see what it says.

Genesis 1: 1:   1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

God in this verse according to Strong’s complete Dictionary of Bible words is the Hebrew word ELOHIYM. It means God; Gods; Great Ones; Mighty; Very Great. ELOHIYM is a  plural word meaning more than one.In Genesis 1:26 God said LET US make man—26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Now that we have established the fact that there is more than one Divine personage involved in the word God, we will look at John 1: 1-14 to see who else is part of the God family:

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2The same was in the beginning with God.

3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

4In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

5And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

8He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

9That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

10He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

11He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

From these verses we see, “in the beginning was the Word,” ( the Word here is LOGOS in the Greek and means communication, speaker,speech talk, utterance, or as we would say today the Word was the Spokesman for the God family).

Next it says “ the Word was with God “. So here God is referring to the Father. Then in the last part of verse 1 it says, “and the Word was God”. Now we have the Father and the Word being part of the God family. THEY BOTH ARE GOD! In the first part of verse 14 above it tells us “the WORD was made FLESH, and DWELT AMONG US. Now I wonder who the Word was that Dwelt Among us? First let’s look at John 11: 25-27:     25Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

26And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

27She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

1 Timothy 1: 15-16 adds more:   15This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

16Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

One more verse in II John 1: 7 says:   7For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

From the quoted verses above we can see that Jesus Christ was the Word that was made flesh and dwelt among us. I hope this is becoming clear to you that JEHOVAH, THE LORD, AND THE WORD are all the same Divine Personage who also became Flesh and Dwelt among us as the ONE WE KNOW TODAY AS JESUS CHRIST.

Now I am going to quote the first part of Isaiah 43 : 3 again to make another point:   3For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:

 Remember LORD in the above verse also means JEHOVAH. If JEHOVAH would be referring to God the Father as some believe, then it is saying that God the Father is your Saviour. So now then we need to look in the New Testament at some scriptures that say Christ Jesus is our Saviour.

Luke 2: 11:   11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Titus 1: 1-4:   1Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;

2In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

3But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;

4To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Titus 2: 13:   13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

As you can see in the above 6 verses starting with Luke 2: 11, it states that Jesus Christ is our Saviour and our God. In the last part of verse 4 in Titus 1 above it says mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. Here in verse 4 we have the Father called God and Christ called God. Also in Titus 2: 13 above it calls Christ the great God and our Saviour. One more time we will look at Isaiah 43: 11:   11I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

So the point I want to make again is; remembering that LORD means JEHOVAH and then right above where I just quoted Isaiah 43: 11 it would say “ I AM JEHOVAH AND BESIDE ME THERE IS NO SAVIOUR”.  If JEHOVAH is the same as God the Father as some believe then we have a real problem, because then the Father is the Saviour and there is no other. So if JEHOVAH is the only Saviour and the New Testament clearly states that Christ is the Saviour, the only conclusion that can be reached is that CHRIST IS JEHOVAH, NOT THE FATHER. It is as simple as that. Unless, of course, there are TWO Saviours. We know THERE ARE NOT TWO SAVIOURS because Christ Jesus is the ONLY ONE WHO SHED HIS HOLY BLOOD ON HIS CROSS AT CALVARY FOR THE SINS OF THE WHOLE WORLD. Hebrews 9: 22, 28: states the following:

22And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

28So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Can you find anywhere in the Bible where it says God the Father died for the sins of the World by shedding His Blood? No! Let me know if you can find such a Scripture in the Bible; it’s not there! I am not trying to  take anything away from God our Father, He is just as important as God the Son, (Christ Jesus) they are all completely equal in every way, including God the Holy Spirit. But remember only Christ shed His Blood and died for the sins of the World, not the Father, not the Holy Spirit. God the Father never became a human being, so it was impossible for Him to shed any blood, only Christ could do that because He was fully human and fully God at the same time.

There are a few more verses I want to show you that also tell us who JEHOVAH is in the Old Testament. We will look at Deuteronomy 10: 17 first:   17For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:

 Revelation 17: 14:   14These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Revelation 5: 12:   12Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

And John 1: 29, 35, 36:   29The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world

35Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;

36And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

Back up to Deuteronomy 10: 17 above where it says “for the LORD your God,” (can read) “ for JEHOVAH your God,” and then it says JEHOVAH is Lord of lords. Now in Revelation 17: 14 above it says the Lamb is also Lord of lords. Revelation 5: 12 above says “ the Lamb that was slain.” The verses above from John 1: 29, 36, tell us that Jesus is the Lamb of God.

So in conclusion, from Deuteronomy 10: 17 through John 1: 36 this is what we find: The LORD or (JEHOVAH) was Lord of lords, the Lamb was Lord of lords, the Lamb was slain, Jesus was the Lamb who took away the sin of the World.

I hope you can see from this study that THE LORD, JEHOVAH, THE WORD, THE LAMB, THE SAVIOUR ARE ALL THE SAME DIVINE BEING, NAMELY CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR!

Please read this article carefully, as I know it may be a little difficult to understand the first time you read it. you may need to go over it several times. There is also a lot more that could be said about this topic, but for now, that’s all there is.

Maranatha ( Lord come )

 

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