Ex 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.”
There is no need for discussion on this text as it has already been dealt in the previous post.
Ps 45:6-7 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
Heb 1:8-9 But of the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness above Your companions.”
The Person being referred to in the Psalm is Yahweh (Jehovah). In the NT book of Hebrews, the writer under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit declares that the one being spoken of is the Son of God, Jesus Christ: But of the Son [Jesus] He [the Father] says, “Your throne, O God, is forever.” In verses 1 of Hebrews 1, the writer mentions that it is God the Father that makes this proclamation to the Son! This is in agreement with Scriptures such as:
Ps 110:1 The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” (italics mine)
Is 6:1-3, 5, 9-10 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.”… Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”… He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.’ Render the hearts of this people insensitive, their ears dull, and their eyes dim, otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and return and be healed.”
[The prophet Isaiah is given a rare glimpse into the throne of God and sees Yahweh Himself, the Almighty God, sitting on a throne in all His glory, holiness and majesty. But whom does the apostle John see in this vision?]
John 12:37-41 But though He [Jesus] had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him. This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, “He has blinded their eyes and He hardened their heart, so that they would not see with their eyes and perceive with their heart, and be converted and I heal them.” These things Isaiah said because he saw His glory, and he spoke of Him. (italics mine)
Remember, this gospel was not from John’s imagination, but guided along by the Holy Spirit to write God’s Word (2 Peter 1:21).
Is 41:4 Who has performed and accomplished it, calling forth the generations from the beginning? ‘I, the LORD, am the first, and with the last. I am He.’
Is 44:6 Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last, and there is no God besides Me.’
Rev 1:17 When I saw Him [Jesus], I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,”
Rev 22:13 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
The term “I am the first and the last” in the Old Testament is used to describe and declare God’s omnipotence (eternal power) and His eternal existence as shown in the passages from Isaiah. However, in the book of Revelations we see the Lord Jesus Christ using the title to describe Himself, thus proclaiming Himself to be Jehovah God!
Is 40:3-5 A voice is calling, “Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. Let every valley be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; And let the rough ground become a plain, And the rugged terrain a broad valley; Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
[The prophet Isaiah declares that there will be one who will be sent forth to prepare the way for Jehovah God. The coming of John the Baptist fulfills this scripture.]
Matt 3:1-3 Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight!’”
So, who was John the Baptist preparing the way for? It was the Lord Jesus. (Matthew 3:11). Therefore, since John the Baptist is the fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah 40:3, then the conclusion is that Jesus is the Lord God Jehovah.
Is 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD, and there is no savior besides Me.
Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved. [Peter speaking to the Sanhedrin about Jesus (vs. 10)]
According to the Old Testament scripture quoted, Jehovah God declares that there is no other saviour but Him; no one can be saved unless they call upon Him. However, the apostle Peter, boldly declares that there is no other name but the name of Jesus which we must call upon for salvation. This can mean only two things: either Jesus is Jehovah God or Peter was a fraud and a liar!
INTERESTING NOTE: To finish off this section of study, let us look at a widely used OT Scripture that supposedly disapproves the deity of Christ, primarily the doctrine of the Trinity.
Deut 6:4 Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!
This scripture transliterated into Hebrew is:
Shema Yisroel Yahweh elohenu Yahweh echad
The word for God in this text (elohenu) is the plural form for God in the context. If God wanted to convey through Moses the total singularity of God He would have used the word eloah. Also, of importance, the word for one (echad) represents a unified state. This word is used throughout the OT when describing a unity of more than one person or thing. For example, the same word echad is used in Genesis 2:24 when describing the man and woman becoming “one flesh”; in Exodus 36:13 when describing the tabernacle as “one tabernacle” (KJV) or, even more descriptive, “the tabernacle was a unit” (NASB); in 2 Samuel 2:25 when the sons of Benjamin became “one band”. The Hebrew word for absolute singularity is yachid.
- What are the most common scriptural objections against the deity of Jesus Christ?
- Final words.