Is God Jesus or a Trinity?

A study by Danny Bunn, B.A (a born again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.)

         Let's see what the word has to say.
The unclean spirits obey him. (Mark 1:27)
He heals at the power of his word and forgives sins. (Mark 2:5-13)
He calms the storm, the wind and the sea obey him. (Mark 4:38- 41)
He walked on the water as if it were dry land. (Matthew 14:26-31)
         The prophets continually used "This is what Jehovah has said" compared to his "However I say unto you." Read his sermon on the mount (Matthew 5:18, 20, 22, 26, 28, 32, 39, 44). He didn't need to say, "This is what Jehovah has said," because he was and is Jehovah God Almighty (see Revelation 1:8). Also remember, before his sermon on the mount, he told Satan, ..."It is written, 'Man must live, not on bread alone, but on every utterance coming forth through Jehovah's mouth.'"(check Matthew 4:4) Then he proceeded in his sermon on the mount to tell men how they must live.
Who is this person?
         His name is Jesus, and if Jesus is just 'a god', as John 1:1 says (New World Translation), then he is a false one because Jehovah says that there weren't any gods before him, neither shall there be any after him and he is the only saviour (check Isaiah 43:10,11; 45:21). Since there is only one true God, any other god would be a false god (check I Corinthians 8:4-7). Whether it's a little 'g' or big 'G' in god, it doesn't matter because in the Hebrew and Greek languages, there weren't any capital letters in the word 'god'. While we're on this particular subject of gods, I have a question:
         If Jesus is a little 'g' god in John 1:1, why is He a big 'G' God in Isaiah 9:6?
         I have another question using Isaiah 43:10,11 and 45:21 mentioned above:
         Why is Jesus called our savior when Jehovah said, "...besides me there is no savior."

         A few scriptures that tell us that Jesus is the saviour are: John 4:42; Titus 1:3,4; 2:13; 3:6; 2 Peter 1:1,11.

         Worship doesn't belong to anybody but God. So based on Hebrews 1:6, the Son is God (compare Matthew 4:10)."But when he again brings his first-born into the inhabited earth, he says: 'And let all God's angels worship him.'" (Hebrews 1:6, any version before the 1971 edition of the New World Translation).

         Then Jesus said to him: "Go away, Satan! For it is written, 'It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.' " (Matthew 4:10)
         Even though the word 'worship' in Hebrews 1:6 was finally changed to 'obeisance' in the 1971 edition of the New World Translation)-which was allowed in the Old Testament to others, mainly royalty (see Genesis 43:28; Exodus 18:7; II Samuel 1:2, 14:4, 15:5; I Kings 1:16; II Chronicles 24:17)- God doesn't allow it anymore towards anyone but himself because obeisance is an outward act of worship. God calls all people everywhere to repent (check Acts 10:25,26; Acts 17:22-34). You could also check in the Watchtower, October 15, 1945 on page 313, it says, quoting:"..then whoever would worship him must also worship and bow to Jehovah's Chief One in that capital organization, namely, Christ Jesus, his Co-regent on the throne of The Theocracy."

         In reference to first-born in Hebrews 1:6, let me ask you a question:
         Who was first-born regarding Joseph's two sons in the Old Testament? Was it Manasseh or Ephraim?
         If you said Manasseh, you were right (see Genesis 41:51,52). But in Jeremiah 31:9, God said Ephraim is His first-born. Did God forget who was first-born? I believe Psalm 89:27 should help clear this one up.
"Also, I myself shall place him as first-born, The most high of the kings of the earth."

         So we see by reading this, the 'first-born' can mean position of authority or rank. And Jesus said, "All authority has been given me in heaven and on the earth." (see Matthew 28:18) So since Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth, and if he is not Jehovah, then Jehovah is in trouble.

         In Isaiah 42:8, Jehovah said that he would not give his glory to another. Yet, Jesus said, "So now you, Father, glorify me alongside yourself with the glory that I had with you before the world was." (John 17:5) Jesus said that he was sharing in the Father's glory before the world was and Jehovah said that he would not give his glory to another. So it should stand to reason that Jesus is Jehovah. Now we go to Isaiah 45:23, when Jehovah is speaking again saying, "By my own self I have sworn-out of my own mouth in righteousness the word has gone forth, so that it will not return- that to me every knee will bend down, every tongue will swear." Then we go to Philippians 2:10,11 " that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground, and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father."
         Do I need to say it? I will. Jesus is Jehovah! Praise his holy name!!

         There are many, many ways to show that the Son is Jehovah. We've shown this by the things that He did when He walked this planet; that there are things or people that are called gods but that there is only one true God and any other god would be a false god; that Jehovah is the only saviour yet Jesus is the saviour; that first-born means rank or position of authority in reference to Jesus; that Jehovah would not give his glory to another yet Jesus was sharing in the Father's glory before the world ever was; that every knee will bow to Jesus just as they will to Jehovah. Now to show that Jesus is Jehovah in a little bit different way.

         In reference to creation: "This is what Jehovah has said, your Repurchaser and the Former of you from the belly: 'I Jehovah, am doing everything, stretching out the heavens by myself, laying out the earth. Who was with me?" (Isaiah 44:24) Going to John 1:3 speaking of Jesus: "All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence." Also Colossians 1:16,17 "...because by means of him all (other) things were created in the heavens and upon the earth, the things visible and the things invisible, no matter whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All (other) things have been created through him and for him. Also, he is before all (other) things and by means of him all (other) things were made to exist."
         COMMENT: The word (other) was added four times to these two verses of scripture which changes the meaning entirely, and they were not in the original greek. Now I have a question in regard to these four verses just mentioned:
         If Jehovah says that he did everything in creating the heavens and earth by himself, then why does it say in John 1:3 that all things came into existence through him (Jesus) and apart from him not even one thing came into existence? Once again, I ask, did Jehovah lie or forget that he didn't do it by himself? Or we are back to the obvious conclusion- Jesus is Jehovah!

         In Matthew 3:3. we read: "This , in fact, is the one spoken of through Isaiah the prophet in these words: 'Listen! Someone is crying out in the wilderness, "Prepare the way of Jehovah, you people! Make his roads straight." ' " (compare Isaiah 40:3). Now this was speaking of John the Baptist preparing the way for Jehovah. Now who was he preparing the road for? Jesus, of course!

         Then we read in Hebrews 1:10-12 where Jehovah is talking to the Son and he says, "And: You at the beginning, O Lord, laid the foundations of the earth itself, and the heavens are the works of your hands. They themselves will perish, but you yourself are to remain continually; and just like an outer garment they will grow old, and you will wrap them up as a cloak, as an outer garment; and they will be changed, but you are the same, and your years will never run out." This is a quote from Psalm 102:25-27 speaking of Jehovah. Also keep in mind Isaiah 44:24 previously discussed.
         Let's use one more example in reference to Jesus being Jehovah. In Isaiah 62:11, we read: "Look! Jehovah himself has caused it to be heard to the farthest part of the earth: Say, you people to the daughter of Zion, 'Look! Your salvation is coming. Look! The reward he gives is with him, and the wages he pays are before him.' " The word 'salvation' in this verse is 'Yeshua' in the Hebrew which is the same as 'lesus' in the Greek and 'Jesus' in the English. In other words, this verse is talking about Jesus coming and the reward that He gives is with Him, and the wages that He pays are before Him. To see this even better, let's go to Isaiah 40:10 which says, "Look! The Lord Jehovah himself will come even as a strong one, and his arm will be ruling for him. Look! His reward is with him, and the wage he pays is before him." Now let's see this fulfilled in Jesus in Revelation 22:12 "Look! I am coming quickly, and the reward that I give is with me, to render everyone as his work is."
         Last but not least- the Trinity. Although the word 'Trinity' isn't in the Bible, it's implied all over. Naming a few scriptures like 2 Corinthians 13:14, Matthew 28:19, John 14:23-26; 16:7-16, etc. And Jesus never said that he was Michael the archangel, it's not even implied. Besides that, Michael the archangel isn't Jehovah's highest creature- Lucifer is. Keep in mind, the word 'Lucifer' means 'the shining one' by the J.W.'s definition. By reading Ezekiel 28:11-19, especially verses 13 & 14, we see God is speaking to the king and even pass him to the spiritual power at work in and through him. Remember that a cherub is an angel. Also check Isaiah 14:5-18, aespecially verses 12-14. n this scripture entirely fit some earthly king. Jesus did theNeither c same thing when He walked this planet- when Peter made a bad comment and Jesus reproved him and said, "Get behind me, Satan..." In the same way that God was talking to the spiritual power (Lucifer/Satan) behind the king of Tyre and the king of Babylon, Jesus was talking to the spiritual power (Satan/Lucifer) operating in Peter.

         Back to the Trinity-- Genesis 1:26 has God saying, "Let us make man in our image.."; then in verse 27, we see that God created man in His image. Why did it go from plural to singular unless it was speaking of the three in the one God.

         Who raised Jesus from the dead?
         God the Father (see Galatians 1:1)
         God the Son (see John 2:19)
         God the Holy Spirit (see Romans 8:11)
         (Also check 2 Corinthians 3:17,18)

         A few more scriptures showing Jehovah's nature is spirit and that the Holy Spirit is a person: John 16:7,8; Acts 5:3,4. Also check out I Kings 8:27 and Jeremiah 23:24.
         Let's use an illustration. Space is comprised of height, depth, and width. Height is not depth, depth is not width but it takes all three to make one space. In basically the same way, the Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Holy Spirit, but it takes all three to make the one God of the Bible.

         Now I would like to speak on one of the most important subjects in the Bible- salvation. Going to Romans 4:4-6, we read these words: "Now to the man that works the pay is counted, not as undeserved kindness, but as a debt. On the other hand, to the man that does not work but puts faith in him who declares the ungodly one righteous, his faith is counted as righteousness. Just as David also speaks of the happiness of the man to whom God counts righteousness apart from works." So we see from reading this that it is faith that pleases God. Then in Ephesians 2:8,9 "By this undeserved kindness, indeed, you have been saved through faith; and this is not owing to you, it is God's gift. No, it is not owing to works, in order that no man can have ground for boasting." We can't work to please Him in ourselves and in our own strength. We accept Him through His finished work on the cross, then He makes us new creations and works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure (see Hebrews 11:6, Titus 3:4-6, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Philippians 2:13).

         All through this article I used the New World Translation of the scriptures even though it is not the word of God. I used this version to show that Jesus is still Jehovah and that by grace through faith in him, we become children of God (see Galatians 3:24-26).
         This pamphlet has been written because you are very important to Jehovah God and because of that you are important to me. Please call me or e-mail me if I can talk to you about anything in this article, or just talk to you because I care.

         So many people are being hammered with religion over and over that it begins to give you a head ache. I am not out to do that, I would just like to share Jesus with you and what he has done in my life and some of the things that he wants to do in yours. I talk to so many people and they are tired of people coming to their door with a new religious package and if you join their "church" you will receive this and escape that and if you do so much for them and their "God" you will "gain" or is it "earn" eternal life. Jesus came to set us free from sin and its wages which is death, spiritually speaking, which is hell.

Danny Bunn

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