Oneness and the NAME of God

Michael F. Blume

The Old Testament is replete with references to the Name of God and its inherent meaning. There is a true revelation about the Name itself. Trinitarians miss that complete revelation since they have called the name given to Christ merely "Lord", and miss the point of Matthew 28:19 as it mentions the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost being Jesus in light of the truths I note below in this study.

God's name was repeated again and again and stressed so much so that we are left to realize that there is an important note to be understood concerning just His Name.

God informed Israel that throughout the world they would be called by His Name.

The Name of God was to be praised, exalted and thought about!

The Name of God was a distinguishing factor given to Israel to separate them from all other people and other religions.

As people's names in the Bible were not chosen for mere pleasantness of sound, as they are today, there was a special reason OT saints implemented when naming their children. The name they chose often declared the circumstances surrounding the child's birth or aspirations the parents held for the child. So names in those days represented the nature of the individual. It revealed the person's character. (Recall Jacob's name "supplanter", being changed to Israel, "Prince with God.")

So, too, was God's name indicative of His nature and Character.

Note the words God spoke to Moses regarding His name:

Abraham used that name JEHOVAH, but he did not know the full significance in that name. He did not know God as a God of Deliverance. When God delivered Israel, they knew Him in a new way! They had greater understanding of his character than did Abraham.

Progressively, more and more, God revealed His character to mankind, and it was often expressed by a new name!

So, when people wanted to know more about God, Himself, they sought to know His name.

The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible says,

The amount of stress that is put upon the name of God in the Old Testament is put upon the name of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. The trend to exalt God's name and to praise and call upon His name in OT reading is continued in NT writings, but the name mentioned and stressed, exalted and praised, is JESUS' name.

This in itself proves that the name of Jesus is indeed the Name of the God of the Old Testament. Where is there stress of any other name in the New Testament? You cannot find another name stressed so highly besides "Jesus."

The early church preached in such a manner as to incite onlookers, including critics, to comment how they preached the name of Jesus. What could they have possibly been saying to incite such descriptions of themselves?

The following passage relates the answer:

Notice the reputation the early church had:

As seen in Acts 4, the Name was literally preached. It was stressed. This is not so today amongst many churches due to the Trinitarian doctrine which shadows over the Name of Jesus and the understanding of it as being the supreme name revealing God's Character is lost. Trinitarian doctrine merely attributes the name Jesus to being the name of the second Person, and not God in totality.

Calling Oneness people "JESUS ONLY" is actually a compliment to the Oneness people, since it indicates a reputation of being associated with the NAME Jesus. One man said, "You're not merely Jesus Only, you're JESUS EVERYTHING."

This was the stress given to the early Church, and God's intention was to have them be known by the Name Jesus.

If the Name intended to be understood by the early church in emphasis other than Jesus, pray tell, where is such a name mentioned? What other name is given in the NT that we are to assume is the intended name referred to by the early Church? The name Jesus is mentioned more than any other name associated with God in the NT. Is that name an unknown name? Of course not! It is "Jesus."

Jesus is the highest Name of God ever revealed to mankind. It is the supreme revelation of God today. No other name of God has been so full of God's glory, thus revealing His nature to humanity, as much as the name Jesus.

"Jesus" means literally, "Jehovah Salvation." Salvation, all agree, is the greatest work God has ever accomplished amongst humanity!! Yet the name which encompasses all former revelations of God (since JEHOVAH is part of the name) and this greatest revelation of salvation, is not exalted as such by trinitarianism. One cannot compare Jesus Christ to Elijah, for example, by saying, in refutation of my statement, that Elijah means God is God, and Elijah is not God Himself. That would be folly. We can't compare Jesus Christ to any other man since no other man was God incarnate. If Jesus is God incarnate, then Jesus is the greatest name ever revealed. Matthew 1 reveals this:

Jehovah shall save His people from their sins. This is direct fulfillment of the following prophecy:

Immanuel means "God with us."

Literally God was with humanity since God, Himself, was incarnate as the Son of God.

There are two parts to the name Jesus.

1) Jehovah

2) Saviour.

So you have the fulfillment of IMMANUEL, which also includes two parts. Immanuel means GOD WITH US.

1) "God"

2) "with us".

In the name of "Jesus" you have "Jehovah", or GOD. And secondly you have Saviour, which corresponds to "with us" since He is "with us" now due to salvation. We are no longer alienated from Him because we have been reconciled to Him by salvation!!

The name Jesus incorporates all the character and identity of God since the name Jehovah is included in the name Jesus. It is simply another manner of extending the revelation of Himself as was the trend in OT days by calling Himself, Jehovah-Provider or Jehovah-Healer. Just as Moses saw a characteristic of God that Abraham did not see, that being deliverance, all New Testament saints have seen a characteristic of God that was never fully revealed before - salvation!

And remember, to say that Jesus was another, lesser being than God is to say that the trend of the OT stressing of God's name was cut off during the NT period. Since salvation is the greatest revelation and the most recent revelation of God yet given to humanity, the name Jesus is the highest name ever given:

Paul said that Jesus is the name above every other name, including every other name God formerly revealed of Himself! If Jesus is not God's name, then we have a being who possesses a name greater than God's own name! Jesus must be God's name!

Isaiah prophesied about the truth of all people bowing to Him.

And we read in the New Testament a direct fulfillment of that verse, which interprets it as saying that God's Name is Jesus.

FATHER, SON AND HOLY GHOST

These three words are not names. They are only titles. The word "Lord" has been promoted as being the name God gave to Jesus that is above every other name. This is utter nonsense. Lord merely directs one's attention to the name Jesus. It magnifies the name of Jesus. Lord does not take away from the supremacy of the name Jesus as the personal name of God incarnate. It magnifies it!

One brother gave an example. When Abraham Lincoln became "President Abraham Lincoln" he was given the highest title. However, his unique distinguishing name, Abraham Lincoln, was still all important. In fact, it was magnified. His signature could not be effective by simply writing "Mr. President." He had to write "President Abraham Lincoln."

Father, then, is not a name either. It describes the role of God in the work of redemption with mankind, as does also, "Son and Holy Ghost." These three titles regard "salvation." Thus the name Jesus is the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Ghost.

Since Jesus involves Jehovah Salvation, Jesus is the name of the Father since salvation came about initially by God Fathering the Son of God, and begetting that which alone would be a sinless, substitutionary, atoning sacrifice for our sin.

He was Son, regarding salvation, by being incarnate as that sinless sacrifice. Jesus is clearly the name of the Son.

And God was the Holy Ghost since "salvation" involved the regenerating and transforming the people who believe and obey the gospel.

Thus, Jesus is the name that encompasses all three roles since it is the one Name given for salvation.

Since God said that there was no Saviour beside Himself, we must deduce that Jesus is the name of God, Himself, and not merely one of a set of three persons comprising a single God..

SIMPLE BIBLE SEARCH

A simple search by computer throughout all the Bible using the words, "one", "two", "three" and "Lord" and "God" will prove that never are the numbers "two" and "three" used as descriptors of God. If Trinitarianism were true, there would be at least one single descriptor of God given as two or three. Modern trinitarianism always and constantly uses the numbers three and two as descriptors of God.

That speaks for itself!


(Information taken from David K. Bernard's book, In the Name of Jesus, Word Aflame Press, 8855 Dunn Road, Hazelwood, Missouri).
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