Letter 22: Oneness & The Trinity – and the Names of Elohim (God)!

Letter 22 (The Letters of Faith): Oneness & The Trinity – and the EXALTED NAMES

“Therefore also Elohim has highly exalted Him, and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of YEHOSHUA every knee should bow, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:9-10 ENB).

Dearest Disciple;

I wholeheartedly pray that this letter finds you well and growing in the knowledge and love of our most gracious Master, Messiah and King, YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach.  We thank Elohim each and every day for the love, warmth and comfort that we have found in you, and we are especially covetous of your prayers on our behalf.  Our heavenly Father has truly been gracious unto us in you, and our hearts overflow with praise and thanksgiving.

Beloved, we have received a steady stream of letters over the past years, inquiring about our position on the Trinity, or Triune Essence, of God.  It appears that for many, the concept of the Father, the Son and The Holy Spirit each possessing unique Personalities, while remaining and maintaining a United Oneness, is difficult to grasp.  Originally, it was my intent to specifically address the matter of the Trinity in this letter, but in the course of my study, in preparation for this writing, I discovered significant information that required my attention as well.  Fortunately, this newly discovered information contributes substantially to Scripture’s overall declaration of the Triune Nature of our Elohim, so in all of these things I am rejoicing in the fullness of Him, and shall endeavor to reveal all of the information that has been gained.  May He be glorified!

The paragraph you just read was written in early January, 2002, and it accurately depicts the original motivation I had to investigate the fullness of the Trinity of “God”, and the manner in which They are explained throughout Scripture.  In the course of my studies, in preparation for this letter, though, I came across a vast number of very significant ‘issues’, which totally diverted my initial purposes, and which set me on a ten year quest to learn the fullness of Elohim (God), and the fullness of His Names.  Toward the end of the eighth year of that work, I was forced to pull The Letters of Faith offline, simply because I could no longer allow a second-rate piece of work to remain online; I could not allow this work to utilize and / or teach names and / or phrases that were (I discovered) incorrect.

It is now early May, 2011, and my quest is drawing near an end.  One massive task was completed on April 30, 2011, which I will discuss in a moment, and the second task, the editing of all The Letters, and the republishing of this work, is almost complete.  Naturally, when you read this, the edit will be complete, and this work will be in your hands through e-book technology.  Nevertheless, and simply stated, when I began this letter back in 2002,  I was ultimately shown where over twelve thousand areas of Scripture were suspect in their presentation.  These suspect areas revolved around a phrase, or phrases, which had been used to substitute and replace actual Names.  Furthermore, I found that many names had been changed, as well as many ‘titles’, and discovered that these names and titles were either substituted or misinterpreted.  In the reality of all these errors, omissions and substitutions, I was moved to labor for ten years on a project now entitled, The Exalted Name Bible (ENB).

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Without further delay therefore, let us discover the truth and fullness of this letter:
“Oneness, The Trinity, and the Names of Elohim (God)”…

Perhaps the most significant thing I can say at the outset of this study is that IF you have read The Letters of Faith, you will already know, understand and acknowledge my approach to Scripture; how adamant I am about our studying and upholding His Written Word.  The Exalted Name Bible™ is a product of that passion, and these newly edited Letters of Faith now utilize all of the knowledge that I have gained over the past ten years.  These changes are not flippant or half-hearted insertions of Hebrew words, just as The Letters of Faith Ministry is not a half-hearted outreach ministry.  Millions of lives have been touched through these writings, and to YEHOWAH’S glory, through YEHOSHUA His Son, and the working of His Holy Spirit, many millions more will be touched through The Exalted Name Bible™.

Significant to this study, therefore, just as in every other instance of my teaching, a concordance is provided to Scripturally support the matters that are being presented.  Additionally, you will also find a complete Concordance of Names attached to the end of this work, which includes every name used within the Bible, as well as the interpretation / meaning of those names (wherever that information is known).  The concordance for this letter however, is quite extensive, because the topic is so very detailed and significant.

I wholeheartedly pray that you find both The Exalted Name Bible™ and The Letters of Faith™ to be relevant and useful in your search for truth and/or in your ministry unto our Messiah, Master and King.  That, beloved, is the intent of both works!

Let us now (after a ten year delay) complete our study on the Oneness of Elohim, and The Trinity, knowing that although some of the material to be discussed has already been touched upon, in the revelation and proper use of His Name (s) and titles, I will now show why our understanding of The Trinity, and especially our knowledge and comprehension of The Person of The Holy Spirit is so important – and therefore, worthy of repetition… Please be patient with me!

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It is very clear that some people see the Word of Elohim as an entirely metaphoric presentation, with every word, sight and sound to be interpreted by any means other than literal.  Others see symbolism in every aspect of Scripture, and view the Bible, through a maze of signs, numbers and symbols; frequently ignoring even the most obvious and literal translation of His Divine Word.  And then there are those who view Scripture as if every utterance is solely to be taken literally, ignoring even the most obvious symbolic and metaphoric presentation.  While I personally believe that the literalistic interpretation is more often correct, I also think that by ignoring the metaphors and symbols, a great deal can be lost.

While my first inclination is to look at Elohim’s Word literally, I am extremely thankful that in most instances, through The Holy Spirit, my eyes are occasionally open to all three aspects of His Inspired Word.  I do not understand much of the symbolism, but I see it.  I do not comprehend all of the metaphors, but I know that as I faithfully study His Word, He will continue to open my eyes to the fullness of His revelations.  The viewpoint I see regarding the Nature and Essence of Elohim though, is taken from all three angles of interpretation: literal, metaphoric and symbolic, and I wholeheartedly pray that I can convey these viewpoints amply to you today.

Prayerfully, therefore, I submit the remainder of this Letter for your consideration and discernment.  May your eyes, ears, heart and soul be open to the fullness of YEHOWAH (The “Master” of Israel throughout all of the Old Covenant); YEHOSHUA (The Full New Covenant Name for the Son of Elohim), and The Holy Spirit (whose Old Covenant name is, Ruach ha Qodesh).  And this is all significant, because in the proper utilization of Their Names, we can more easily see and comprehend the Triune ELOHIM whom we serve.

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In a typical conversation with any who do not fully accept the One Nature / Essence presentation of “God”, the Old Covenant passage of Deuteronomy 6:4, spews forth as an indelible line in the sand of their understanding.  Truly though, in stating, “Hear, O Israel! YEHOWAH is our Elohim, YEHOWAH is one!” Deuteronomy 6:4 is declaring the Triune Oneness of Elohim in undeniable terms.  How so? In preparation for the writing of this teaching, my studies revealed two things about Deuteronomy 6:4, and the Hebrew words used in that verse, and these two facts demand our consideration.  Although the passage undeniably speaks of the Oneness of Elohim, we must fully understand exactly what the Word is saying in this passage, in order to fully comprehend precisely what sort of Oneness is being discussed.

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nugget The first matter to come to light in my study of this verse is found in the Hebrew word, ECHAD, which is interpreted here as “ONE”.
ECHAD is a very interesting word though, because while we interpret ECHAD as “single” or “one”, the word is used throughout the Old Covenant to infer, “One amongst a group” or, “A single portion of a larger part”.  In context, the word, ECHAD, almost always signifies something, “Of an exact type – of a greater amount”…

For instance, in Numbers 13:23, ECHAD is used to describe a “single cluster of grapes… carried on a pole between two men”… One cluster of grapes – all exactly the same! The cluster is one!  The amount of individual grapes carried by these two men, however, numbered (perhaps) in the hundreds or thousands! Two men were needed to carry one cluster of grapes.

Surprisingly (and significantly) it is this very same ECHAD that is used throughout Scripture to discuss the oneness of a married couple – as in Genesis 2:24, where Elohim says, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh” (ENB).

In the accompanying concordance, I have provided dozens of Old Covenant passages supporting the fact that ECHAD is a very special word; a word which conclusively substantiates the fact that Elohim is One.  And Elohim is one insomuch as the Father, the Son, and The Holy Spirit all possess the exact same “Essence”, and in possessing that exact Essence, They are in fact One!

Therefore, everything that makes the Father (El – God), can be found in the Son (El – God), and in The Holy Spirit (El – God).  And, everything that is not of Elohim will not be found in Any of Them.  In these things, They are truly and fully a Plurality of One.  They are also One insomuch as They Each possess the same goals and ambitions, which are always: To Glorify our Heavenly Father! (See John 17).

nugget The second thing I have learned through the study of Deuteronomy 6:4, is that the Word ELOHIM, which has been substituted by the word, “God”, is a plural word, while  many other Scriptural references to the Word, “God”, come from the Hebrew, El, which is always singular.

Dr. Spiros Zodhiates, in his New Covenant Word Study Dictionary (World Bible Publishers, 1992) offers this learned conclusion on the Word, Elohim: “The Septuagint constantly translated the Hebrew plural name ELOHIM, when used for the true God, by the singular THEOS, “God”, never by the plural THEOI, “Gods”.  The reason for this was that at the time the Septuagint translation was made, Greek idolatry was the prevailing superstition, especially in Egypt under Ptolemies.  Their gods were regarded as demons, i.e., intelligent beings totally separate and distinct from each other.  If the translators rendered the name of the true God by the plural, THEOI, they would have given the heathen under Greek culture an idea of God inconsistent with the unity of the divine essence and conformable to their own polytheistic notions.  However, by translating the Hebrew ELOHIM as “God”, they inculcated the unity of God and at the same time did not deny a plurality of persons in the divine nature.” (Emphasis mine).

Sadly, those who translated the Septuagint did not concern themselves with any latter time misunderstandings that might be wrought through their translation, because if they had translated this Word properly in the first place, the confusion we see today would not exist. Nevertheless, when we comprehend that ELOHIMdenotes a plurality, then the passage of Deuteronomy 6:4 (and every other applicable verse) takes on a greater significance to us, because we must know that in saying, “YEHOWAH is our Elohim, YEHOWAH is One”, Scripture – as originally inspired – is absolutely correct, and in this conclusion we cannot waver.  The Trinity is One in Essence – exactly alike in the make-up of Their heart’s desires – just as we, the Body of YEHOSHUA, are to be “one in Him“; just as a married couple is to be one flesh.

Metaphorically speaking, therefore, the Body of YEHOSHUA is an exact representation of the fullness of ELOHIM, because just as we are millions of individuals – all possessing unique and distinct personalities – we who have been justified and sanctified by The Blood of His cross, and who proclaim and abide in Him as our only Messiah, Master and King, are truly one Body in Him.  One Body – One Essence – all in One Messiah, yet possessing millions of unique personalities!

Similarly, the metaphoric example of a married couple applies to these truths as well, because the plurality of THEOI / ELOHIM is exactly the same.  The Father, the Son and The Holy Spirit are not the same Person, but They do possess the same Essence, and in Their Essence, They most certainly are One!

Furthermore, in Letter 4, I said, “Elohim’s nature permeates Scripture…but particular passages contain monumental clues into His very essence. 1 John 4:8, says that, “Elohim is love,” 1 John 1:5 teaches that, “Elohim is light,” and John 3:33 reveals that, “Elohim is true.” The wisdom attainable from these and supporting passages, therefore, provide everything we need to know of the nature of Elohim at this time, because in this knowledge we have every tool needed to expose every false deity.

rd_dot We begin then with the fact that, “Elohim is love.” And in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, The Holy Spirit tells us that, “Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” (ENB)

Sixteen attributes define who Elohim is, or is not, in relationship to the fact that, “Elohim is love”.  The definitions of love’s attributes, therefore, will certainly provide any seeker with insight into the very essence of Elohim.”

Letter 4 continues this conversation with a discussion on the fact that, “Elohim is light”, and in that part of the letter we find that, “Of His essence, we are also told that, “Elohim is light” (1 John 1:5).  The entire passage says, “This then is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you, that Elohim is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in the darkness, we lie and do not the truth; but if we walk in the Light, as He is in the Light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His Word is not in us” (1 John 1:5-10 ENB).

Sin is darkness, but Elohim is Light. Unrighteousness abides in the darkness, but “In Him there is no darkness at all.” Elohim wants us to know that His essence is pure of all unrighteousness, evil and sin. He also wants us to know that we too can walk this same path, because, “The blood of YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach His Son cleanses us from all sin”. This passage is also significant, in that it offers insightful look into Elohim’s love. He says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Seeing as Elohim is Light, as His children, the Light must abide in us as well. He has provided the light for us.

Finally, Letter 4 wraps up this conversation on the essence of Elohim by zeroing in on the fact that, “Elohim is true”.  In that discussion we said that, “Another thing that makes every passage we read significant, is the fact that, ‘Elohim is true’ (John 3:33).  Where love rejoices with the truth (ALETHEIA) the word we interpret as true in John 3:33, ALETHES, speaks solely of one who cannot lie.  Rejoicing with the truth is not the same as being the truth, but because Elohim is true, we can understand why He rejoices whenever the truth is spoken.

(Further on, as we discuss the teachings of YEHOSHUA, I am going to remind you of the fact that Elohim is true, and challenge you to uphold His Words to the fact that He cannot lie. Why? For the simple reason that YEHOSHUA would be lying in almost every reference to the Father, and to The Holy Spirit, if in fact He personally was also the Father and The Holy Spirit.  Read on, beloved, and you will see what I mean).

The fact that Elohim is love, light and truth, should paint a very clear picture for us of His true nature.  And in this knowledge, we should also be able to understand what He desires for us, because He has openly stated that we, ‘Are to grow up in all aspects into Him’ (Ephesians 4:15 ENB). Believing on Messiah YEHOSHUA, and accepting Him as Master and Messiah, means that we are His children. Even though each child possesses a unique personality, and we each appear somewhat different, the basic nature remains the same between parent and child, by just so much as is seen between the Father, the Son, and The Holy Spirit… Elohim’s children are to be one with Him, but we are not He…  Elohim’s children, purchased by The Blood of the Lamb, are one body in the Messiah, but we are not the Messiah.  One in purpose, One in love, One in light, And One in truth!  United under the Headship of YEHOSHUA our Messiah and Master, and yet each member retains a unique individuality; a unique personality.  (This is truly a Metaphor).

Elohim is one in His essence.  The Person of the Father is separate and unique from the Person of the Son, and They are both separate and unique from the Person of The Holy Spirit.  Nevertheless, they each possess the same Essence, and in that Essence They are truly One.  That is about as basic an approach possible in explaining this truth…

Similarly, just as Elohim is one in Essence, we – His children – are instructed to be one with Him as well.  Being united to Him does not mean that we lose our personal identities.  We are not clones or machines.  What He desires for us, however, is that we become conformed to His essence; to abide as love, light and truth, and in that abiding to be one with Him, one with His Father, and one with The Holy Spirit – for eternity.

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Moving on from Letter 4, we can now proceed to Letter 6, where we discussed the Person of The Holy Spirit.  In that letter my goal was, “To offer a Scriptural introduction to Him that is brief, yet relevant to everyday life. Through this introduction, I hope you will see that from the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, to the last chapter of the Book of Revelation, The Holy Spirit is presented in an indelible portrait of unity with the Father and the Son. And in all love, revelation and regeneration, His existence, relevance and Deity is proven.”

It would be silly to copy the whole of Letter 6 here, but the significance of the points made throughout that teaching, in relation to the Oneness and Individuality of the Persons of the Trinity, is so relevant, that I could do just that.  I trust you will go back to Letter 6 though, and apply that teaching to this expanded study, because it will add tremendous clarity to our discussion this day!

One issue discussed in Letter 6, however, must be reiterated here, because it contains vital information for this study.  In discussing the unpardonable sin, YEHOSHUA drew a very distinct line between Himself and The Holy Spirit, and in drawing this line He made two things very clear:
nugget The first thing He made clear was that while He possessed The Holy Spirit, and was One with Him in Essence, He was NOT The Comforter.
nugget The second thing He made clear was that while The Holy Spirit possessed the Spirit of Messiah, and was One with Him in Essence, The Holy Spirit was NOT the Messiah.  (Matthew 12:31-32, Luke 12:8-10 and John 16:7-15).

If Elohim is true, as we discussed above, and if YEHOSHUA is Elohim, which we KNOW is true, then blaspheme against the Father or the Son would have the same punishment as blaspheme against The Holy Spirit, IF the Father, the Son and The Holy Spirit were the same Person.  Clearly, however, the Father, the Son and The Holy Spirit are different Persons, because one can blaspheme the Father, or the Son, and still receive forgiveness.  Blaspheme against The Holy Spirit is unforgivable, however, which in and of itself tells us that He is unique!

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Many might be wondering why I am so concerned with bringing clarity to this matter of the Trinity, because it really does not appear to be significant to salvation.  Appearances are deceiving!  In short, I believe that the unforgivable sin is at issue here, because if the unique nature of the Trinity is misunderstood, we run the risk of blaspheming The Holy Spirit!

Think about that for a moment…  “If the unique nature of the Trinity is misunderstood, we run the risk of blaspheming The Holy Spirit!”

YEHOSHUA always gave credit to The Holy Spirit for His works.  Always!  If we deny the unique nature of The Holy Spirit though, aren’t we running the risk of denying His place in the actions of Messiah? And, if we deny His place in the actions of Messiah, aren’t we denying Him in just the same way as the religious leaders of YEHOSHUA’S age?

To blaspheme The Holy Spirit is to deny Him!

To think that The Holy Spirit is merely a different manifestation of the Father or the Son – Who, by the way, in this form of thinking is merely another different manifestation of the Father –  is to deny that The Holy Spirit exists as a unique Personality.  If we deny His Personality, we deny Him, don’t we?

My prayer is that we never deny any portion of The Holy Spirit’s workings, and that we embrace Him – as well as His actions and Gifts – so that together, like YEHOSHUA, and one with Him – we can glorify our Father in heaven.

(Please see Letters 5, 13, 14, 15 and 16 for extensive teachings on the Gifts of The Holy Spirit).

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Leaving Letter 6, please permit me to add this thought:  In John 17, YEHOSHUA offered a prayer to His Father in heaven.  In that prayer He made two things very clear:
nugget The first thing He made clear was that while He possessed a Oneness of Essence with the Father, He was NOT the Father.
nugget The second thing He made clear was that while He and the Father were united; that they were One in Essence, the Father was NOT the Son.  (John 13:16, coupled with 16:5, 14:10, 14:28, 15:1-2 and 17 all).

In a recent exchange of letters, I was told to go to a particular website where I could gain a better understanding for the singular (Instead of Trinitarian) oneness of God.  As I was perusing the site, however, a number of highly unusual and contradictory teachings and statements leapt off the pages.  In one such incident, the author made the following statement in regard to Deuteronomy 6: “Orthodox Jews literally obey these commands today by binding tefillin (phylacteries) on their left forearms and on their foreheads when they pray, and by placing mezuzzah on their doors and gates.  (Teffilin are small boxes tied to the body by leather straps, and mezuzzah are scroll-shaped containers.)  Inside both types of containers are verses of Scripture handwritten in black ink by a righteous man who has observed certain purification rituals. The verses of Scripture usually are Deuteronomy 6:4-9,11:18-21, Exodus 13:8-10 and 13:14-16.”

Furthermore, this person said, “During a trip to Jerusalem, where we gathered the above information, we attempted to buy tefillin. The Orthodox Jewish merchant said he did not sell tefillin to ‘Christians’ because they do not believe in and have the proper reverence for these verses of Scripture.  When we quoted Deuteronomy 6:4 and explained our total adherence to it, his eyes lit up and he promised to sell to us on the condition that we would treat the tefillin with care and respect. His concern shows the extreme reverence and depth of belief the Jews have for the concept of one Elohim.  It also reveals that a major reason for the Jewish rejection of ‘Christianity’ throughout history is the perceived distortion of the monotheistic message.”

I could not disagree more!

The Jewish rejection of ‘Christianity’ throughout history has absolutely nothing to do with the perceived distortion of the monotheistic message.  (That is unless the author of this false teaching is saying that the Jews rejected the Messiah because He was trying to teach them the fullness of Elohim, as a Triune Entity, and they rejected Him on those grounds)…  The Jewish rejection of ‘Christianity’ has everything to do with an absolute stiff-necked, religious and faithless approach to the Word of Elohim, and His messengers (the Prophets) by the nation of Israel as a whole, and in this instance, by the Jewish people (tribe of Yehudah); and more importantly, by the Jewish rejection of the Person and Position of YEHOSHUA as the Messiah!

In my reply to the sister sending the website recommendation, I was led to tell her that, “Any ‘Christian’ who turns to the Jewish nation for comprehension of the topic of the Oneness of Elohim, while that same Jewish nation denies the existence of the Very Messiah in which we believe, is truly making a grave mistake.  The eyes of Israel have been closed to YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach for centuries, and until He opens those eyes in the latter days, they will continue to be closed.  The Shema, Deuteronomy 6:4, to which the Jewish nation clings so tightly, is NOT being taught correctly by them, because as soon as they admit their error, then they must recognize the fullness of Elohim in YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach – and they must repent.”

My heart is for the Jewish nation (so is a large part of my ancestry).  I take great solace though, in the fact that Elohim has promised to revive His chosen ones at the end of the Ekklesiastic age.  In this day and age, however, my call is to the Body of YEHOSHUA, and for however long He permits, I will teach the fullness of His Word to that Body.  The Jewish nation, however, has been blind to the Word of Elohim for centuries.  Their hearts have been hardened to His truth – so that the lost sheep of the body of YEHOSHUA can receive the fullness of our Father’s grace through Messiah YEHOSHUA.  For the Ekklesia, however, who alone possess the indwelling Holy Spirit, to turn to the Jewish nation for understanding of Elohim’s Word, is a huge step backward – and a monumental slap to the face of The Holy Spirit as well!

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Inasmuch as translation styles can interfere with an understanding of the Nature and Essence of Elohim, as relates to the fullness of the Trinity, I thought that I would offer a few examples of each style of interpretation for you, so that even through the diverse writing styles used by those inspired by The Holy Spirit, you will be able to see Him in all of His splendor and glory – United!

nugget Literal Translation Dictating the Trinity of Elohim:
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While I could spend a tremendous amount of time listing hundreds of specific passages for you to read, I am choosing to summarize the literal translation viewpoint for the Trinity of Elohim in the fullness of three books and one chapter from Daniel.  If Elohim cannot lie, and if we look at His Word LITERALLY, then we must pay strict attention to every “I”; “We”; “Us”; “He”; “Him” and “They”, that He sets before us.

Nearly every word uttered in the Book of Genesis reveals the fact that there was more than One Personality present at the creation.  If not, just WHO was YEHOWAH speaking to, when “He said” all those things? Even if we choose to ignore the obvious, Genesis 1:26-27 must mean something, because when He said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness”, while also telling us that, “Elohim created man in His own image, in the image of Elohim He created him; male and female He created them,” we must know that literally, metaphorically and symbolically, Elohim is ONE in essence, but Plural in Personalities!

The Book of John is perhaps the most significant offering that Elohim has given us for understanding the Unique Nature of The Personalities, and Oneness of Essence, of Himself.  When YEHOSHUA says that the Father is greater than He, He is not saying that He is a mere manifestation of the Father.  Throughout His teachings, YEHOSHUA said that He and the Father were One (in essence), but He also reminds us that the Father came first, and that what He does, He does in service to the Father.  He repeatedly told us that the Father is greater than He.  Greater and lesser does not denote ‘manifestation’ or similarity.

In 255 instances throughout the New Covenant, the Son spoke of, and revealed, the Father.  In each and every instance, the Son made it perfectly clear that He was not the Father; that the Father was Spirit; that no man has ever fully seen or spoken to the Father (which eliminates the Father as being the One who spoke and walked with Adam and Eve, or with Moses, or with Abraham, or with any other Old Covenant Patriarch or Prophet) and that everything the Son does and says on this earth, has been given to Him by His Father in heaven…

In another step toward pointing to the difference between Himself and His Father, YEHOSHUA also said that He was from eternity past – but, brethren, think about this for a moment:  How far back in eternity past did the Son have to exist, in order for Him to say that He is from eternity past?  It is impossible to know time-lines, but the Father is the Originator of all things, and it is only the Father Who is referred to as “The Ancient of Days” (See Daniel 7).  And it is the Son, the Lamb, who serves the Father in all that He does.  YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach made this very clear when He told us that He does nothing of His own accord; that He does nothing that He did not see His Father do in heaven – before the creation.

Finally, in the literal viewpoint of Scripture, the Book of Revelation is extremely enlightening as well.  Sadly, however, many are choosing to ignore the very facts that this Word of Elohim presents to us.  The Son, the Lamb, is shown throughout this Book as a completely Unique and Separate Person from the Father.  The Holy Spirit (Numbered as Seven in this Book, by the way) is being ignored here as well.  Choosing to view the Lamb as the metaphoric, “Right Hand of Elohim”, I fear that many who hold to this form of translation are truly denying the One sent to save us; denying the One who is prophesied to return, and at the same time, denying The Comforter Who has been sent to abide within us!

The ending of the Book of Revelation also reveals a great deal about the uniqueness of the Persons of the Father, Son and The Holy Spirit, but this too is often overlooked.  Taken literally, however, Revelation 20 – 22 leaves no room for doubt that the Father, the Son and The Holy Spirit are entirely Unique and Separate Individuals.  Let us move on:

nugget Metaphoric Translation Depicting the Trinity of Elohim:
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The Body of YEHOSHUA – the Ekklesia.
rd_dot The body of YEHOSHUA is a perfect metaphor for the Triune Relationship.  The Ekklesia (Church) clearly represents YEHOSHUA’S relationship to the Father and The Holy Spirit.  Therefore, every teaching submitted by YEHOSHUA that speaks thus: “I and the Father are one”, must be viewed in light of His relationship to His Body.  We are each individual members of His body – we remain unique personalities – and yet we are one with Him!
rd_dot Matthew 13:33 presents a Parable that metaphorically supports the Triune nature of Elohim…
rd_dot The oneness of a married couple, a cluster of grapes and countless other “ECHAD”, ones, throughout Scripture, are all metaphor’s, provided for our understanding.

nugget Symbolic Translation Favoring the Trinity of Elohim):
rd_dot At the baptism of YEHOSHUA – Matthew 3:16 & 17.
rd_dot At the mountaintop with Peter, James and John -Matthew 17:1-8.
rd_dot Upon issuing the great commission -Matthew 28:18-20.
rd_dot Daniel 7.  (This is a great chapter FOR the Trinity)…

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There are some who choose to speak of the Messiah and The Holy Spirit as mere manifestations of the Father.  I find this very disturbing, because it makes it appear as if Elohim needed to project Himself in different lights for us, simply because we would be incapable of grasping His fullness in any other way.  In other words, no matter how hard He might try to present or explain Himself, Elohim (if you buy into the manifestation concept), is incapable of presenting His fullness to us without some sort of sleight of hand.  Elohim is not incapable, brethren.  Nor can He lie…

In another recent letter from a sister, she quoted Galatians 4:4, and interpreted this passage to mean that YEHOSHUA, the Son, was not an eternal being.  In her thinking, paraphrased for brevity, the Father merely willed a physical manifestation of Himself for our benefit, and at the moment of His conception, the Son took life.  She also said that nowhere in Scripture could she find evidence of the eternal existence of the Son.

This is a sad testimony for our understanding of Scripture, because four times in the Gospel of John – alone – YEHOSHUA Personally testified to His eternal existence: John 6:62, 8:58, 17:5 and 17:24.  Elsewhere, Scripture provides near unlimited evidence (testimony) of the eternal existence of the Son of Elohim.  I am listing a few significant passages here for your edification: John 1:1-5, 15; Colossians 1:15-19; Revelation 21:6; Daniel 7.

In declaring the Son as a mere manifestation of the Father, we dilute the humanity of His incarnation, and diminish the significance of His suffering and sacrifice.  I cannot rebuke this thought with more vigor or zeal.  If we deny the fullness of YEHOSHUA’S man-ness or humanity, then we deny the fullness of His suffering and sacrifice on our behalf.  The Son of Elohim, YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach, abided in the fullness of Elohim in eternity past, before the creation, and He chose to come and live among us – fully man – in order to offer Himself a sacrifice on our behalf.  Elohim – made man, and every bit human – died on that cross for us!

If we diminish this fact in any way, shape or form, then we diminish our deliverance and sanctification through His sacrifice; diminish His Mastership by transferring our attention away from the only “Way, Truth and Light” that has been provided for us, and diminish the significance of the fact that today He stands next to the Throne of our Father in heaven on our behalf, as our High Priest; the Lamb of Elohim!

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In very much the same way that denial of the Trinity runs the risk of denying the fullness of The Holy Spirit, and committing the unpardonable sin, denial of the Trinity also runs the risk of denying the fullness of the Son of Elohim, as Elohim, as Man, as Master, as Messiah and as King – and in that denial, loss of salvation and eternal life becomes a distinct possibility.

I wholeheartedly pray that this writing sheds light on the Wholeness and Oneness of Elohim, and ever so slightly advances our comprehension of the Master we serve.  My heart’s desire is that we will all draw nearer unto YEHOSHUA our Messiah – in The Holy Spirit – to the glory of our eternal Father in heaven.  We serve One Elohim.  I pray that we will serve Him as one EKKLESIA (Body) as well.

I remain faithfully yours in YEHOSHUA our Messiah,

larryv

PS.  As my study of these issues has progressed, and as I have responded to letters from many of the brethren regarding these matters, YEHOSHUA has given me another passage to share with you, and I believe that this Word is extremely significant to our knowledge of the Truth:
The current incorrect reading of Numbers 6:22-26 in the NASB says, “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, ‘Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel.  You shall say to them: ‘The Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace’.”

In the fullness of His Name, the blessing to be given to the sons of Israel is, “YEHOWAH bless you, and keep you; YEHOWAH make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; YEHOWAH lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.”

AND THIS IS SIGNIFICANT – WHY?  Because of what is said in Numbers 6:27, where His instructions add the following vital data that:

“And thus shall they invoke My Name upon the children of Israel,
and I will bless them.”

Beloved, if we are not invoking HIS NAME in our blessings, but are invoking a Title instead, then we are not issuing or receiving the blessings which He has authorized or desires.

My prayer for you through YEHOSHUA our Messiah, Master and King, therefore, is:

“YEHOWAH bless you, and keep you; YEHOWAH make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; YEHOWAH lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.”

In His service, I remain faithfully and humbly your servant,

larryv

Letter 22 Topical Concordance:
Discipleship:

Old Covenant: Deuteronomy 31:6; 2 Chronicles 15:2, 16:9; Ezra 7:10; Job 8:5-7, 11:13-19, 22:21-30; Psalms 119; Proverbs (all); Ecclesiastes 1:18; Isaiyah 14:12-17; 50-51, 55:8; Jeremiyah 15:16; 17:5-8; Ezra 28:11-19; Zephaniyah 2:3.

New Covenant: Matthew 5:11-12; 8:18-27, 10:24-42, 13:52, 16:24-26, 28:18-20; Mark 8:34-38; Luke 6:40, 10:1-20, 12:33, 14:26-35, 18:18-30; John 3:3,5,30, 8:31-32, 13:5-17, 13:31-35, 14:12-27, 15, 16, 17; Acts 7:2-53; 8:5-40, 11:26, 13:52, 14:9-19, 18:9-10, 28:22; Romans 8:31-32; 2 Corinthians 3:5-6, 10:3-4; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:10, 4:15, 6:12; Philippians 3:8-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21; Timothy 2:24-26, 3:16-17; Hebrews 12:8, 13:5-6; James 4:3-4; 1 John 2:27, 3:9-11, 4:1; Revelation 2:7,11,17,26-28, 3:3,12,21, 5:14, 12:11, 14:9-16, 18:4.

ECHAD – (One): “Hear, O Israel! YEHOWAH is our Elohim, YEHOWAH is one” (Deuteronomy 6:4).  ECHAD is used in numerous settings throughout Scripture.  Listed below are a number of applications that contribute significantly to our comprehension of this word:

Alike – Ecclesiastes 11:6; Alone – Yehoshuwah 22:30, 1 Chronicles 29:1; Altogether – Jeremiyah 10:8; Another (31) – Exodus 26:3, 36:26, and every other use of “another”; Any (17) Leviticus 4-6, refers to ‘any’ number of sins; Anyone Leviticus 4:27; Each (55) in ‘each’ instance, this word speaks of ‘each’ amongst a group; Every – Exodus 36:30 (amongst a group); Everyone – Numbers 15:12, (According to their number); First (38) Exodus 26:24, 28:17, 36:11, 36:29, 39:10, and signify (There are others); Once (15) – Exodus 30:10, (Amongst a group or within any number); Only – 1 Kings 4:19, 55:6-9; Same (26) Genesis 11:1, (‘Same’ language = same words); Exodus 26:2, (‘Same’ measurements); Together – Ezra 6:20; Isaiyah 65:25; Nehemiyah 7:66 (The whole assembly together equaled 42,360, and yet they were one ‘together’); Unique – Job 23:13; Song of Solomon 6:9; Ezekiel 7:5; Zechariyah 14:7.

One (610) – One Day, One Place, One Rib, One Flesh, One People, One of the bushes, One of the Mountains, One of any number, One of the Tribes – and in most uses of this Word ‘One’, it is used to speak of ‘One’ within any number of others.

Throughout the Book of Numbers we read statements like: “One bowl of seventy shekels” – Numbers 7:13; or “One Gold bowl of ten shekels” Numbers 7:14.

Likewise, throughout the Book of Deuteronomy we read statements like: “One man of each tribe” 1:23; “One of these cities” 4:42; “One of your brothers” 15:7.

Finally, throughout the Book of Yehoshuwah we read statements like, “One heap” 3:13 and 3:16; “One accord” 9:2; and in Yehoshuwah 12, every use of the word ‘One’ is ECHAD, and every use specifically denotes One of many.

Other (33) – Exodus 25:18, Here, ‘ECHAD‘ is used three times, ‘one’, ‘another’ and ‘other’.

Single (15) – Genesis 41:5, 41:22; Numbers 13:23; Song of Solomon 4:9; Jeremiyah 51:60.  (Numbers 13:23 is a wonderful passage for understanding ‘ECHAD’, because we are told that the spies brought back a ‘Single’ – and very large – cluster of grapes.  A single cluster containing a vast number of individual grapes, and each grape possessed countless seeds).

Elohim:
Old Covenant: Genesis 1:1, 4:1-15, 16:16, 17:1, 21:22, 24:3, 31:5, 38:9-10; Exodus 20:5, 34:14; Numbers 16:22, 23:19; Deuteronomy 3:20-22, 4:24-39, 6:4, 6:15-16, 7:9, 7:21, 13:3, 33:2-3; 2 Chronicles 6:18, 6:30, 16:11; Ezra 1:1; Job 38(all); Psalms 1:6, 5:4, 6:2-9, 7:1, 8(all), 10:16, 11:7, 18:30, 23:1, 24:7-10, 29:4-9, 31:5, 33:5, 33:13-14, 44:20-21, 46:10-11, 63(all), 75:7, 89(all), 94:8-11, 99(all), 103:8, 145:8, 147:8; Isaiyah 30:18, 42:5, 43:8-13, 44:6, 44:24; Ezekiel 18:4; Hosea 7(all), Amos 4:13; Jonah 4:5-11; Nahum 1:2-7; Habakkuk 3(all).

New Covenant: John 3:16 ff, 3:33; Acts 10:34, 17:24-29; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8; 2 Corinthians 1:3; Colossians 1:6, 1 Timothy 6:13-16; 1 John 4:8; Hebrews 6:10-18, 12:29; 1 Peter 1:5, 3:20, 5:7.

Essence of Elohim:
New Covenant:  John 3:33; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8; 1 John 1:5, 4:8.

Love:
Old Covenant: Leviticus 19:34; Deuteronomy 10:19; Psalms (all); Proverbs (all).

New Covenant: Matthew 22:37-39; Mark 12:30-33; Luke 6:31-35; John 13:34, 15:12; Romans 12:9-21; 1 Corinthians 13:1-8, 16:13-14; Galatians 5:13-14; Ephesians 5:2,25-27; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; 1 John 4:7-8; 1 Peter 4:8.

The Holy Spirit – (Ruach ha Qodesh):
Old Covenant: Genesis 1:2; Exodus 20:1-7; Numbers 11:16-17; Deuteronomy 6:4-5, 19:15; 2 Chronicles 15:1-2; Psalms 51:10-13, 105, 143:10; Proverbs 30:5; Isaiyah 63; Joel 2:28-29; Jonah 3; Zechariyah 4:1-6, 7:12.

New Covenant: Matthew 3:16-17, 12:22-32,43-45, 18:16, 28:18-20; Luke 11:13, 12:8-10, 24:49; John 14:16-18,26, 15:26-17, 16:1-17, 17(all), 20:22; Acts 1:4-8,16-18, 2:2-13,38, 4:8, 5:3-9,32, 6:1-6, 7:51, 8:14-17,21, 9:31, 10:44-47, 13:2,52, 15:8, 16:6, 19:1-7; Romans 5:5, 8:11,26-27, 10:9-10, 12(all), 15:13; 1 Corinthians 2:6-13, 3:16, 6:19, 12:1-11,27-30; 2 Corinthians 1:22, 11:13-15, 13:14; Galatians 3:2, 5:16-26; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4(all), 6:17; Philippians 1:19, 2:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 2:4, 6:4-6, 9:8,14, 10:15-17,26-31, 11:1; 1 Peter 1:10-12; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 3:24, 4:1-3,7; Revelation 1:10-20.

Resurrection:
Old Covenant: Job 19:25-17, 30:23; Psalms 118:15-21; Isaiyah 26:19, 30:20-22; Ezekiel 37:1-14.

New Covenant: Matthew 22:29-32; Mark 9:30-32, 12:18-27, 16:1-14; Luke 20:34-38, 24(all); John 20(all); Acts 1:1-11, 2:24, 24:15, 26:8; 1 Corinthians 15:12, 15:23-25, 15:35-44; 2 Corinthians 5:1-3; Philippians 3:20-21; Hebrews 9:27; 1 Peter 1:3-5.

Revenge:
Old Covenant: Exodus 22(all); Leviticus 19:18; Psalms 79(all), 94(all), 109(all).

New Covenant: Matthew 5:38-40, 26:52; Luke 6:29; Romans 12:17-20; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; 2 Thessalonians 1:6; 1 Peter 3:8-9.

Ruach ha Qodesh, The Holy Spirit:
Old Covenant: Genesis 1:2; Exodus 20:1-7; Numbers 11:16-17; Deuteronomy 6:4-5, 19:15; 2 Chronicles 15:1-2; Psalms 51:10-13, 105, 143:10; Proverbs 30:5; Isaiyah 63; Joel 2:28-29; Jonah 3; Zechariyah 4:1-6, 7:12.

New Covenant: Matthew 3:16-17, 12:22-32,43-45, 18:16, 28:18-20; Luke 11:13, 12:8-10, 24:49; John 14:16-18,26, 15:26-17, 16:1-17, 17(all), 20:22; Acts 1:4-8,16-18, 2:2-13,38, 4:8, 5:3-9,32, 6:1-6, 7:51, 8:14-17,21, 9:31, 10:44-47, 13:2,52, 15:8, 16:6, 19:1-7; Romans 5:5, 8:11,26-27, 10:9-10, 12(all), 15:13; 1 Corinthians 2:6-13, 3:16, 6:19, 12:1-11,27-30; 2 Corinthians 1:22, 11:13-15, 13:14; Galatians 3:2, 5:16-26; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4(all), 6:17; Philippians 1:19, 2:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 2:4, 6:4-6, 9:8,14, 10:15-17,26-31, 11:1; 1 Peter 1:10-12; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 3:24, 4:1-3,7; Revelation 1:10-20.

Sin, Unpardonable:
New Covenant: Matthew 12:22-32; Luke 12:8-10.

Trinity of Elohim:
Old Covenant:  Genesis 1:1-3, 26; Numbers 6:24-27; Judges 13:8-23; Proverbs 8:22-31; Isaiyah 6:3, 40:13, 48:16.

New Covenant: Matthew 3:16-17, 28:18-20; Mark 1:10-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 14:26, 28, 15:26, 16:5-15; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Galatians 4:4-6; Ephesians 4:4-7; James 2:19.

YEHOWAH:
Throughout the Old Covenant, in 6399 uses, the Name YEHOWAH has been replaced with the title, ‘Lord’.  Furthermore, in another 315 places, the Name YEHOWAH has been replaced by the word, ‘God’, and finally, in another 111 instances, the Name YEHOWAH has been translated as, ‘Lord’s’.  See especially, though, Exodus 3:13-15…

YEHOSHUA:
Understand the Old Covenant name, YEHOWAH, “I AM”, when you study the New Covenant passages, because after the time of Moses, the nation of Israel never said, “I am” – they never said, “HAYAH”, because that was the name given to the nation of Israel in Egypt – when they asked Moses the name of the Elohim who sent him to them. Moses was to say, “I AM WHO I AM” – or in the Hebrew, “‘HAYAH ASHER HAYAH” (Exodus 3:14). Many false teachers want you to believe that YEHOSHUA never declared His Deity, while He lived.  In fact, however, not only did He openly declare His Deity, His Name declared it as well… Thank Elohim!
Old Covenant: Exodus 3:13-15; Psalms 2:12, 23 (all), 78 (all), 99 (all), 100 (all); Micyah 7:7-20.

New Covenant: Matthew 9:2-7, 11:27-30, 16:13-17, 22:41-45, 26:63-66; Mark 2:5-11, 5:19-26, 14:61-62, 15:2; Luke 1:26-38, 8:26-39, 22:66-70, 23:3; John 3:16-21, 4:25-26*, 5:37, 6(all)*, 8(all)*, 10(all)*, 11:25-26, 12:44-50, 13:12-20, 14:6,9-11, 15(all), 17:6; Acts 2:36; Romans 1:4; Colossians 1:13-20, 2:9; Hebrews 1:3,8-9; 3:6, 4:14, 5:8-10, 13:8; 1 Peter 1:18-21; 1 John 2:22-23; 4:2-3,15; 5:1; Revelation (all) see: 1:4-7,8,17-18, 22:12-16*.

YEHOSHUA, Crucified:
Old Covenant: Leviticus 17:11; Psalms 22(all), 34:20, 118:5-14.

New Covenant: Matthew 20:18-19, 26:2, 27(all); Luke 1:74-75; John 1:9; Romans 3:23-26; 1 Corinthians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:13-20; Hebrews 2:9-18.

YEHOSHUA, Currently:
Old Covenant: Psalms 110:5; Habakkuk 26:62.

New Covenant: Matthew 26:64; Mark 16:20; Acts 2:32-33, 5:31, 7:56; Ephesians 1:18-21; Colossians 2:9-10, 3:1; Hebrews 1:3, 2:9-11, 2:18, 3:1, 4:12-16, 6:17-21, 7:3, 8:1-2, 9:11-12, 10:11-13, 12:2; 1 Peter 3:21-22; Revelation (all).

YEHOSHUA, Deity:
Old Covenant: Psalms 2:12, 23(all), 78(all), 99(all), 100(all); Micyah 7:7-20.

New Covenant: Matthew 9:2-7, 11:27-30, 16:13-17, 22:41-45, 26:63-66; Mark 2:5-11, 5:19, 14:61-62, 15:2; Luke 1:26-38, 8:26-39, 22:66-70; John 3:16-21; 4:25-26, 5:37, 6(all), 8(all), 10(all), 11:25-26, 12:44-50, 13:12-20, 14:6, 14:9-11, 15(all), 17:6; Acts 2:36; Romans 1:4; Colossians 1:13-20, 2:9; Hebrews 1:3-9, 3:6, 4:14, 5:8-10, 13:8; 1 Peter 1:18-21; 1 John 2:22-23, 4:2-3, 4:15, 5:1; Revelation (all), see: 1:4-8, 17-18, 22:12-16.

YEHOSHUA, In Prophecy:
Old Covenant: Genesis 3:15, 22:8, 22:18; Exodus 17:8-13; Leviticus 14:49-53; Numbers 7:89, 21:6-9; Deuteronomy 18:15-19; 2 Samuel 7:12-13; 1 Chronicles 17:12-14; Psalms 16:8-12, 21-22(all), 45:2-7, 68:18, 69:7-9, 69:20-21, 72(all), 78:2, 91:11-12, 110(all), 118:22-26; Proverbs 8:22-31; Isaiyah 2:2-4, 7:14-16, 8:14, 9:1-7, 11:1-5, 28:16-18, 30(all), 35(all), 40:3-11, 42(all), 5:22-25, 49:4-10, 50:6, 52:13-53:12, 59:16-21, 60:1-3, 61:1-3, 62:11, 63:14; Jeremiyah 23:5-6, 31:15, 33:15-16; Daniel 7:13-14; Hosea 11:1; Micyah 5:1-4, Hg. 2:6-7; Zechariyah 6:12-13, 9:9-10, 11:12-13, 12:10, 13:1, 14:1-11.

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