The Name of God—Jehovah—the Eternal Person
When Moses was commissioned by God to go to Egypt and deliver His people from bondage, in his humanity Moses asked, "Who shall I say sent me?" And God gave a reply, "I AM THAT I AM" (Exodus 3:13, 14). In God's reply to Moses He identified Himself. "I am He who is," the self-existent One. He is JEHOVAH. This name describes a quality of being—a God without beginning—having always been—and indebted to no one for His existence.
The Importance of a Printer's Clue
Now therefore, O LORD [Jehovah--always fully capitalized] our God, save from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD, even thou only (Isaiah 37:20).
There is another name for God in Hebrew. He is called—Adonai. This name too is translated Lord—with a capital "L" but with small "ord." In this way [it] is easy to tell when the name of God is translated from Yahwah, or Adonai. This is seen in the printing of the following verse:
By thy servants hast thou reproached the Lord [Adonai], and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon. . . . (Isaiah 34:24).
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS PRINTER'S CLUE IS FOUND ONLY IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.
The Book of Isaiah Upholds Jesus Christ as Jehovah God.
When the test of JEHOVAH is applied to the Old Testament book of Isaiah, we come to an irrevocable conclusion that the coming Messiah, predicted by Isaiah, can be none other than Jehovah Himself.
Jesus Christ—John, His Precursor:
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD [Jehovah], make straight in the desert a highway for our God (Isaiah 40:3).
He [John the Baptist] said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord as said the Prophet Esaias (John 1:23).
John the Baptist quoted the Hebrew text of Isaiah. John recognized that Jesus was the Jehovah of Isaiah. This is seen by the fact that he did not feel worthy to touch the shoes of Jesus (Matthew 3:11).
Jesus Christ—Jehovah the Creator:
O LORD [Jehovah] of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth (Isaiah 37:16, emphasis supplied).
Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD [Jehovah], the creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? . . . (Isaiah 40:28, emphasis supplied).
He [Jesus] was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not" (John 1:10).
Beyond question Jesus is the "Everlasting God," the Old Testament Jehovah, creator of heavens and earth. Jehovah had no beginning. Jesus Christ is God of very God.
Jesus Christ—Received the Glory:
I [am] the LORD [Jehovah]: that [is] my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images (Isaiah 42:8, emphasis supplied).
And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was (John 17:5, emphasis supplied).
It would be blasphemy for Jesus to ask for a glory which Jehovah said He would never share. But Jesus has title to that glory. He is equally Jehovah, One with the Father, before the world was.
Jesus Christ—the Rock:
Because I will publish the name of the LORD [Jehovah], ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he (Deuteronomy 32:3, 4, emphasis supplied). [Incorrectly attributed to Isaiah 32:3, 4]
And did all drink the same spiritual drink; for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that rock was Christ (1 Cor. 10:4, emphasis supplied).
Isaiah [actually, Moses] declares Jehovah to be the Rock. Paul wrote that the Rock was Christ. There is only one Rock—Jesus Christ. There is no question that the Bible teaches that Jesus is Jehovah God.
Jesus Christ—the Shepherd:
The LORD [Jehovah] is my shepherd; I shall not want (Psalm 23:1).
[Jesus said] I am the good shepherd (John 10:11).
David declared Jehovah to be his Shepherd. Jesus identified Himself as that shepherd who died for His sheep—Jehovah God.
Jesus Christ—the First and the Last:
Thus saith the LORD [Jehovah] the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last: and beside me that is no God (Isaiah 44:6, emphasis supplied).
And when I saw Him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death (Revelation 1:17, 18, emphasis supplied).
There cannot be two firsts and two lasts. The One who was dead and is now alive forevermore declares himself to be the first and the last. The teaching of the book of Revelation is that Jesus Christ who died at Calvary is the Old Testament Jehovah. Jesus Christ is Eternal Jehovah God.
Jesus Christ—Absolute Eternal Deity:
I am the LORD [Jehovah] and there is none else, there is no God beside me; I girded thee, though thou has not known me (Isaiah 45:5).
"I and my Father are one." Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God (John 1:30-33).
If Jesus is not Jehovah God, then His enemies were correct; He was a blasphemer. There is no other God but Jehovah. When Jesus said that He and His Father were one, He made the greatest claim that ever came from the mouth of man. The Man, Jesus, is the eternal Jehovah God.
I, even I, am the LORD and beside me there is no Savior (Isaiah 43:11).
Thou shall call His name Jesus for He shall save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).
Only an infinite, eternal being could atone for the sins of any number of finite being. If Christ is not Jehovah, we have no savior.
Jesus Christ—the Great I AM:
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you (Exodus 3:14).
Before Abraham was I AM (John 8:58). [This is the only relevant Biblical statement that doesn't come up in nontrinitarian disputations. They never bring it up.]
If ye believe not that I am, ye shall die in your sins (John 8:24. Note this text with care).
Jesus declared himself to be the I AM who talked to Moses out of the burning bush.
A Confirmation From the Apostle Paul:
The parting words of Paul to the leadership of the church found in Acts 20:28 [were]:
Feed the church of GOD which He hath purchased with his own blood (emphasis supplied).
The apostle Paul declared that the church was purchased by the blood of God. The blood shed at Calvary was the blood of Jehovah God, Jesus Christ. In the mind of Paul there was only one God—Jehovah.