The goal in this is to state facts, ask questions (in most cases answering with the obvious and logical answer) and to let God reveal that He alone is God and His name is Jesus.
According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible and Strong’s Expanded Dictionary of Bible Words, cognate 3068 Yhvh or Yehovah (used in Ex. 3:15) means: (the) self-existent or eternal. This is derived from cognate 1961 hayah (used in Ex. 3:14) which means: to exist, be, become.
Let’s look at the various uses of Jehovah (the self-existent) throughout the old testament.
1.) Jehovah-Jireh: (the) self-existent will see (to it)
2.) Jehovah-Nissi: (the) self-existent (is) my banner
3.) Jehovah-Tsidkenu: (the) self-existent (is) our right or righteousness
4.) Jehovah-Shalom: (the) self-existent (is) peace
5.) Jehovah-Shammah: (the) self-existent (is) thither
We see, through examination of the use of this word, Jehovah is not actually a name such as Darryl, Chris, Cory, Tony, Tyler etc., but acts as an adjective: describing the nature of God…self-existent.
What then does the bible mean in Exodus 3:15?
“And God said moreover unto Moses, thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the self-existent (Lord) God of your fathers, the self-existent (Lord) God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name forever.”
When you understand that the definition of the word name is simply, a word or set of words by which a person, animal, place, or thing is known, addressed, or referred to, you understand that the Almighty was simply saying that He was always going to be known as the self-existent God of the fathers of the children of Israel. He was not speaking of a name such as Darryl, Chris, Cory, Tony, Tyler, etc., but was simply stating that He was always going to be known by that word or set of words to the children of Israel. He truly is the self-existent God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and He shall be known as that for evermore, but He does in fact have a true name.
How do we know? Well, when we use the same definition of the word name and apply it to Matthew 28:19, we find something very interesting….
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” -Matthew 28:19
We must do two things here:
1. We must realize it says name (singular) and not names (plural). This means that Jesus was stating that there is one name that applies to all three of the titles mentioned. Just as you or I can have multiple titles, but we have a name.
2. We must use what we know and apply our understanding of the word name in its proper context.
When we do these things, we read it like this, “…baptizing them in the word by which the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are all known by.”
This is how we know that the self-existent God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has a true name now.
What is his name? His name is Jesus.
The Son said, “I am come in my Father’s name…” -John 5:43. This is hinting that the name of the Father is Jesus. Of course, the Son’s name is Jesus.
Last but certainly not least, “But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name…” -John 14:16. This tells us that the name of the Holy Ghost is Jesus.
Jesus is the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Jesus is “…Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” -Revelation 1:8
This means that there is not a threefold Godhead with three distinct, separate, but co-equal and co-eternal individuals (making it Godheads, thereby implying three Gods), but rather that there is only one God, who “is a Spirit” (John 4:24), the Almighty God, who was “…manifest in the flesh…” -1 Tim. 3:16. Who made himself a man, yet was not the product nor the offspring of a man but of God (that by definition makes him the Son of God), though He came through a woman (which makes Him the Son of man), that He (the Almighty God) could put the fullness of the Godhead (His Spirit) in the body He created for Himself (Christ). “For in him (Christ) dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” -Col. 2:9
The bible says, “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself…” -2 Cor. 5:19.
Which God is that scripture referring to? Isn’t there only one God? Isn’t that one God the Almighty God?
This means that the Almighty God was in Christ. After all, Jesus did say, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” -Matthew 28:18. Did he not? Another word for power is might. If Jesus has all might, doesn’t that make Him Almighty?
The bible says that Christ is the express image of God’s person (Heb. 1:3), and that He is the “…image of the invisible God…” -Col. 1:15.
The definition of Greek cognate 5287 (used in Hebrews 1:3 as person) is, essence. A synonym for essence in the English language is spirit. The definition of synonym is, a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language. So, essence and spirit mean the exact or nearly the exact same thing.
Our bodies are the express image of our spirit (person). Our bodies simply hold our spirit. In the same way, Christ (the body God made for himself) is the express image of the Almighty God’s spirit, which was in Christ “…reconciling the world unto himself...” -2 Cor. 5:19. That is why Jesus said, “…the Father is in me…” -John 14:11. The body was simply the holding cell of God Almighty who “..is a Spirit...” -John 4:24.
“Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. “-John 14:8-10
Why would Jesus Christ refer to himself as the Father (Almighty God) if he wasn’t? Was Jesus Christ a liar? Does not the bible clearly say that “…in Him (Christ) is no sin…” -1 John 3:5? If Jesus Christ was not the Father in the Son, that makes Christ a liar, and lying is a sin, but Christ “…knew no sin…” -2 Cor. 5:21 and cannot lie.
You will ask, “Why did Christ say, ‘My Father is greater than I.’” -John 14:28? Jesus was referring to the body He was in. Did not Paul do the same thing when he said, “…in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing…” -Rom. 7:18?
Flesh is inferior to God Almighty, is it not?
If man was made lower than the angels (Psalm 8:4) doesn’t that mean we are lower than God too?
Jesus was saying, “My Father (the Spirit of God Almighty) who “…is in me…” (John 14:11) is greater than this flesh.
Why is the manifestation of the Father greater than the manifestation of the Son? Because the manifestation of the Father is not limited by the flesh. But isn’t the manifestation of the Son, the Father in the flesh? Yes. Then why can’t the manifestation of the Son know the time and day of the end?
It is because of the limitation of the flesh. When the Spirit of the Father manifested himself in the flesh, He willingly limited Himself and gave up His omniscience that He could be in the flesh and save us. No flesh and blood holds the ability to know everything. So, God, loving our lives more than He loved His, sacrificed His omniscience to come suffer the pains of this life and death that we may be saved.
Speaking of being saved, “…there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” -Acts 4:12
How are we saved? “…baptism doth also now save us…” -1 Peter 3:21. How do we stay saved? We receive the Holy Ghost and keep in unto the end. “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” -Matthew 24:13.
Anyways…saved by baptism. What does this mean? It means our sins are remitted (forgiven). How are our sins remitted? By baptism in Jesus’ name. (See Acts 2:38)
The Jews asked a good question, “…who can forgive sins but God (the Almighty) only?” -Mark 2:7
First, this is hinting that Jesus Christ is the Almighty God manifest in the flesh (see again 1 Tim. 3:16) because He has the power to forgive sins.
Second, this raises a question. If God Almighty is the only one who can forgive sins, who’s name but God Almighty’s has the power to remit sins? If the Almighty God is the only individual who can remit sins, then His name is the only name that has the power to remit sins.
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” -Acts 2:38
And as the word of God has already established, “…there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” -Acts 4:12
The only way the apostles had the power to remit sins is through the name of Jesus Christ in baptism. Is that not how our sins are remitted? Does it not say in Acts 2:38 to be baptized for the remission of sins? Yes, it absolutely does. Baptism in Jesus’ name is the only way to have our sins remitted, because Jesus Christ is not here bodily anymore to forgive sins. Therefore, we must use His name.
A triune Godhead that claims there is three separate but equal individuals, but is defying the way God made things, one individual: it’s impossible and that would mean there are three Gods. If there are three separate individuals in the Godhead and all are God, there cannot be one individual God. There is nothing in creation that can be three individuals, yet one individual. The doctrine of the trinity is “…philosophy and vain deceit,” and is “…after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” -Colossians 2:8.
It is confusing and cannot truly be understood. In response to such a statement, true trinitarians would say that the Godhead is so complex that we can’t understand it. This is not true “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal Godhead and power; so that they are without excuse:” -Romans 1:20.
The bible does not teach there is a trinity, or a triune God, nor three separate but co-equal and co-eternal individual persons in the Godhead. In fact, you will not even find one of these sayings in the word of God. The bible teaches that there is one God, the Almighty God, Jesus, who revealed himself in the flesh (1Tim. 3:16) and died for our sins; “that remission of sins (baptism) should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” -Luke 24:47.
That His Spirit, the Spirit of Almighty God, Jesus, may dwell in us and continually cleanse us and purge us of all ungodliness until “…Until the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” -Titus 2:13
[Isa 43:10-15 KJV Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it? Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships. I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.]
Submitted by: Michael Pontrelli