Jesus Is Jehovah

By examining the text of both the Old and New Testaments, we can see that what Jehovah declared He would do and be, He fulfilled when He came as the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

Jehovah told Isaiah:

Isa. 43:11

KJV

I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

New World Translation

I- I am Jehovah, and besides me there is no saviour.

Isa. 45:21

KJV

…a Saviour; there is none beside me.

NWT

…a righteous God and a Saviour, there being none excepting me.

Isa. 49:26

KJV

I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer.

NWT

And all flesh will have to know that I, Jehovah, am your Saviour.

Isaiah referred to Jehovah as:

Isa. 45:15

KJV

O God of Israel, the Saviour.

NWT

Truly you are…the God of Israel, a Saviour.

In the New Testament, we read of Jesus:

Luke 2:11

KJV

For unto you is born this day…a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

NWT

[T]here was born to you today a Saviour, who is Christ [the] Lord.

John 4:42

KJV

[W]e have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

NWT

[W]e know that this man is for a certainty the saviour of the world.

Acts 13:23

KJV

God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus.

NWT

[A]ccording to his promise God has brought to Israel a saviour, Jesus.

In the Old Testament, Jehovah declared:

Isa. 45:22

KJV

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

NWT

Turn to me and be saved, all YOU [at the] ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no one else.

While in the New Testament Jesus tells us:

Matt. 11:28

KJV

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

NWT

Come to me, all YOU who are toiling and loaded down, and I will refresh YOU.

John 10:9

KJV

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved.

NWT

I am the door; whoever enters through me will be saved.

John says:

John 3:17

KJV

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

NWT

For God sent forth his Son into the world, not for him to judge the world, but for the world to be saved through him.

The Old Testament tells us that only Jehovah can forgive sins:

Isa. 43:25

KJV

I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

NWT

I- I am the One that is wiping out your transgressions for my own sake, and your sins I shall not remember.

But the apostles declared:

Acts 5:30-32

KJV

The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost.

NWT

The God of our forefathers raised up Jesus, whom YOU slew, hanging him upon a stake. God exalted this one as Chief Agent and Saviour to his right hand, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses of these matters, and so is the holy spirit, which God has given to those obeying him as ruler.

In his book "Rasha the Jew," Elder B. H. Roberts responds to a letter from a Jewish rabbi, who vehemently declared that Jehovah was our God and Saviour, that salvation came by Jehovah alone, and that Jesus Christ was a fraud:

Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6)…

[C]onsider what this child born of the "virgin" is to be called; and it follows that what he is to be called, that he is to be. And if he is to be called "Immanuel", "God with us" that is, God with men, then that is what he is to be. God with men! Must a being then, less than Jehovah incarnate be the "Immanuel" of the text? …

[W]hat of the companion and parallel prophecy of Isaiah 9:6, "Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called. * * * the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father." Would the Jew "Rasha", would any Jew, dare say that a being less than their Jehovah incarnated could fulfill this prediction? …

But is it true that there shall be the incarnation of "the Mighty God", the Jehovah of the Old Testament? Shall God dwell with men in the flesh? Yea, verily. I marvel that the Scripture which so strongly proclaims it is never used in argument upon the subject. I quote it here. The prophet Isaiah takes the sorrows and afflictions of Israel to Jehovah: "Lord, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening hand was upon them. Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O Lord. And the Lord, to comfort Israel, said in answer: "Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out her dead " (Isaiah 26:16-20).

This is Jehovah speaking! "Thy dead men", O Israel, "shall live," the resurrection of the dead proclaimed! Together with Jehovah's dead body shall they arise! Jehovah, then, is to have a "body"! He is to become "dead", and to "arise". Jehovah is to dwell with men in the flesh, to be "Immanuel", to live with men, to die, to arise from the dead, and the dead men of Israel to rise with him! Can language more clearly outline the incarnation of Jehovah in the flesh, his death and his resurrection? Blasphemy this? Then it is Isaiah, the great Hebrew prophet who blasphemes; or rather, Jehovah, for it is he who is speaking. And who but the Christ of the New Testament fulfills, or can fulfill the inspired prophecy of Isaiah, on the incarnation of Jehovah, his death in that mortal state, his resurrection to immortality in that incarnation, and the resurrection of men to an immortality with him,"together with my dead body shall they arise"! …

All right. So let it stand. Jehovah alone will save his people. Jehovah alone can forgive sin. Jehovah alone is the Savior of men, of all men. But when Jehovah becomes incarnate in Jesus Christ, then in his office of the Christ, the Anointed One, he forgives sins, saves his people, and is alone Savior of men, is it not the Jehovah of the Hebrews that is doing all these things, functioning in all these capacities? And the Christ being Jehovah, and doing all this, do not all the objections of "Rasha", the Jew, fall to the ground on the supposition that Jehovah and Jehovah alone must do them? For behold, the Jehovah of the Old Testament incarnated in the Christ of the New, is doing all these things, saving his people, forgiving their sins, saving all men, it is Jehovah's work throughout; for Jehovah and Christ are triumphantly one and the same Savior1.

Notes

  1. Rasha the Jew, B.H. Roberts, SLC: Deseret News Press, 1932. Accessed via GospeLink CD-ROM, 2001.