Is Jesus Yahweh?


The Bible makes it clear that there is one God. Christians are monotheists. There are literally hundreds of passages which tell us that there is one God. At the web site there is a power point in the power point section on Christian Theology which lists dozens of these passages. You might want to check them out. In Deuteronomy, God says to his people, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord your God is one God. When Moses asked God whom he should say had sent him to save Israel from slavery, God told him to say that “I AM” (YHWH) sent him. Jesus claims to be God. The New Testament clearly describes Jesus as God. When asked about himself–specifically his origins, he said, “Before Abraham was born, I AM.” (John 8:58). I could list dozens of passages to support the claim that the New Testament presents Jesus as God, but will only do so in this context if you ask me to do so. I will take it as given that Jesus is God. Therefore, we must conclude that Jesus is YHWH, because he said that he is.

Of course, given the doctrine of the trinity, this idea becomes difficult to understand in human terms. In John 1:1, it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. Later in the same chapter, John says that the Word of God became flesh and lived among us. (John 1:14). Here John is definitely talking about Jesus. The passage could just as well say, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with YHWH and the Word was YHWH. It is hard for us to grasp that Jesus is with God and is God at the same time. The godhead includes three aspects: Father, Son and Spirit. I cannot give you a fully rational explanation of exactly what this means, but it is what the Bible teachers. Therefore, although Jesus, while in the body on the earth, gave honor to his Father, he is still, God and therefore, he is YHWH.

John Oakes



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