(403) – IS JEHOVAH, JESUS?

Imagine that! The Bible scholars of our days got to the conclusion that Jesus and Jehovah are the same person. They found verbal comparisons in the Holy Scriptures that underlay their great findings:

In the Old Testament we find that Jehovah is the first and the last; in the Revelations we also find the same thing written about Jesus; therefore Jesus and Jehovah are the same person.

Jehovah is the king of glory, and Jesus is the Lord of glory; therefore they are the same person.

This second comparison fails in one detail: Jesus, born in flesh, received glory only in the baptism, as Peter say: “For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (2 Pet. 1:17).

Jehovah established the Sabbath in the law (Ex. 20:8-11). Jesus claimed that he was the Lord of the Sabbath (Matt. 12:8).

This comparison has two drawbacks:

1.    Jehovah’s Sabbath was the figure of Canaan, the land of rest and ease. The proof is that the complainers were condemned to die in the desert and could not enter in the rest (Heb. 3:17-19).

2.    The Sabbath is in the law, and if Jesus is Jehovah, then Jesus gave the law, but the law is against Christ and the grace. The one who keeps the law looses Christ and falls from grace (Gal. 5:1-4).

In the fourth verbal comparison, Jehovah says to Moses: “I am who I am” (Ex. 3:14). And Jesus says: “before Abraham came into existence, I AM” (John 8:58). This verbal comparison is wrong, for Jehovah said: I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE. The Hebrew language does not render I AM.

The fifth verbal comparison: Jehovah our righteousness (Jer. 23:6). Paul says: “Jesus […] was made to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30).

Why did not the writers use a more expressive text? For example: “For Christ is the fulfillment of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” (Rom. 10:4). If they cited this text, they would create a great theological problem. Jehovah gave the law at Sinai, and the justice of the law does not lead to God (Rom. 9:30-33). The justice of Christ, on the cross, has crucified the law (Col. 2:14-15). As the justice of the law does not lead to God, the Father, if Jesus were the author of the law and the grace, he would have two weights and two measures.

We will declare some incompatibilities between the Old Testament, or the old covenant, and the New Testament of Jesus, or the new covenant. Jesus declared at the last supper: “He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, ‘All of you drink it, for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the remission of sins’” (Matt. 26:27-28). The feeling we have is that the two testaments are united, but Paul declares that they are not, in 2 Cor. 3:6-9. The sixth verse reveals that Christians are ministers of the New Testament, which is not of the letter, but of the Spirit, because the letter kills, but the New Testament vivifies. The seventh verse says that the Old Testament, the ministry of death, the one of the tablets of the law of Jehovah, came in glory, because the glory of Jehovah consisted in killing (Ex. 14:4, 17,18,30; 15:3-6). The ninth verse clarifies that the Old Testament is the ministry of condemnation, because in the times of Jehovah there was no salvation. Peter says that there is no name under the heavens whereby men can be saved but the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12). The Old Testament only causes confusion!

Let us go to some points that make it clear that Jesus is not Jehovah:

1.    Jehovah decreed the divorce (Deut. 24:1-4) — Jesus forbade it (Matt. 19:3-9).

2.     Jehovah approves of the carnal and impure covetousness  (Deut. 21:10-14) — Jesus condemns it (Matt. 5:27-30).

3.    Jesus hid in the darkness (Ex. 20:21; Ps. 18:11) — Jesus is the light manifested (John 1:9; 8:12).

4.    Jehovah set darkness in the way of the saints (Job 19:7-8; Lam. 3:1-2) — Jesus delivers (John 12:46; 1 Pet. 2:9).

5.   Jehovah destroys and kills the wicked (Gen. 6:5-7; Ps. 11:5-6) — Jesus saves the wicked (1 Tim. 1:15).

6.    Jehovah commanded the curses (Prov. 3:33; Deut. 28:15-68) — Jesus rescues (Gal. 3:13).

7.    Jehovah destroys righteous and unrighteous together (Ezek. 21:2-4) — Jesus saves all those who believe (Acts 16:30-31).

8.    Jehovah has connections with this world (Eccl. 3:11) —Jesus is not of this world (John 8:23; 7:7).

9.    Jehovah gave inheritance on the earth (Ex. 32:13) — Jesus gives inheritance in the heavens (John 14:1-3; 1 Pet. 1:3-4).

10.      Jehovah received glory from men (Is. 43:7; Jer. 13:11) — Jesus does not receive it (John 5:41).

11.      Jehovah sent poisonous arrows (Job 6:4) — Jesus heals the poison (Mark 16:17-18; Eph. 6:16).

12.      Jehovah ruled over those who were dead on their sins (Ex. 19:6) — Jesus rules over the living (Eph. 2:5-6; Rom. 5:17).

13.     Jehovah was the head of the kingdoms of this world (Ps. 22:28; 96:10) — Jesus is the head of the Church (Col. 1:18).

14.      Jehovah commanded that the adulterous women were stoned (Lev. 20:10) — Jesus also saves them (John 8:1-11).

15.      Jehovah delivers the faithful in the hands of Satan (Job 1:6-12) — Jesus does not deliver (Luke 22:31-32).

16.       Jehovah killed those who did not get converted (Ps. 7:11-13) — Jesus does not judge or accuses (John 12:47; 5:45).

17.     Whoever saw the face of Jehovah would die (Ex. 33:18-20) — Whoever sees Jesus has the eternal life (John 6:40).

18.      Jehovah killed the little children of his people (Deut. 32:22-25) — Jesus saved them (Mark 10:13-14).

19.      Jehovah delivers his people into sin (Ps. 81:11-12) — Jesus dies for the sinners (1 John 2:1-2; Gal. 1:4).

20.      Jehovah sold his people to the wicked (Ps. 44:11-12) — Jesus buys them (1 Cor. 6:19-20; 1 Pet. 1:18-19).

21.      Jesus ruled through violence (Ezek. 20:33) — Jesus rules through love (Col. 1:12-13).

22.      Jehovah delivered in the hands of the wicked (Ezek. 30:12) — Jesus saves the wicked (Luke 23:39-43).

23.     Jehovah gave water and gall to drink (Jer. 9:15; 23:15) — Jesus gives his blood as a drink (John 6:54).

24.      Jehovah serves a cup of dregs to the sinners (Is. 51:17) — Jesus gives his flesh (John 6:51).

25.      Jehovah delighted in killing and destroying (Deut. 28:63) — Jesus was full of joy in dying on the cross to save all (Heb. 12:2).

 

 By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira

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