Our brother, the Apostle Paul, in Romans 1, KJV, tells how
THEY CHANGED THE TRUTH OF GOD INTO A LIE !
Let us read what Paul was referring to, when he made that inflammatory statement!
“….For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shown it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things….Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” (Romans 1:18-23, 25 KJV)
The Apostle Paul spoke of this huge ‘falling away’ of the Israelites from the worship of the One True God. We must remember that disbelief entered very early into the lives of the Hebrew people. They moved from the belief in One Supreme Being, known as Monotheism, into Polytheism and Idolatry very quickly. They adopted the belief system of the surrounding nations, directly as a result of marrying into the neighboring tribes, (descendants of Noah’s infamous great grandson, Nimrod, from Ham). As time went by, their worship of God even evolved into idolatry of all sorts of creatures. A very short time after they left Egypt, Aaron allowed them, and even helped them, (!) (Exodus 32) make a golden calf, and worship it as God, while Moses was up on the Mount Sinai, where he received the two tablets of stone, listing the Ten Commandments.
Just as the worship of animals was prevalent during the Exodus, so also, was the Incarnation Doctrine rampant throughout the nations, at the time of Moses. As the years went by, that belief gained in strength, and even held a strong influence over the people at the time of the Apostles. As we know, it is deeply entrenched in the heart of Humankind, even now.Therefore, Paul speaks of every manner of suppression of the truth. Let us now read the same selection that was quoted above, from The Emphatic Diaglott, which gives us much greater clarity than the King James Version. With the exception of the bold printing and italics, the emphasis shown is from the Greek to English text:
“….Besides, the Wrath of God is revealed from Heaven in regard to All Impiety and Injustice of THOSE MEN, who through Injustice, SUPPRESS the TRUTH. Because the KNOWLEDGE of God is apparent among them; for GOD disclosed it to Them; for his INVISIBLE things, even His ETERNAL Power and Deity, since the Creation of the World are clearly seen, being perceived by the THINGS which are MADE; so that they are inexcusable. Because, though they knew God, they did not glorify or thank him as God, but became vain in their REASONINGS, and Their PERVERSE Heart was darkened; assuming to be Wise men, they became foolish; and they changed the GLORY of the INCORRUPTIBLE GOD into an Image-likeness of Corruptible Man, and of Birds, and of Quadrupeds, and of Reptiles…who changed the TRUTH concerning GOD for a FALSE religion, and reverenced and served the CREATURE rather than the CREATOR, who is worthy of praise to the AGES; Amen!”
Earlier in this book, we discussed translator errors that distort the meaning of the original passage, causing us to go to the original Greek to English translation for clarification. This is not just ‘our idea.’ In The History of English Versions, following the Preface Section of The Emphatic Diaglott, it discloses many of these errors being imposed upon the translators by the representatives of King James, to add credence to his personal beliefs or convictions. Some of the translators complained that they could not follow their own judgment in the matter, but were restrained by reasons of State. Others, doubtless, had their own ‘agenda.’
Today, there are many different versions of The Bible available. Many were translations from one language to another, with accompanying revisions. The King James Version, in English, itself, has been revised many times. All of the Bible versions, with their own changes, reflected the colloquialisms prevalent in their day. Therefore, for greatest clarification, Bible students do well to look up in the Greek to English or Hebrew to English translation, every passage that seems hard to understand, or reads contrary to previously studied texts.
Jesus Christ speaks very harshly about those who add or detract from the inspired Word of God. It is a very grave offense. Let us read, in Revelation 22:18-19 KJV, His own words about the subject, as follows:
“….For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
The prophets, Ezekiel and Jeremiah, told of the condition prevalent on the earth in their time, and yet, speaking prophetically, said,
“….And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, ‘Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation. There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls;….her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shone difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying “thus saith the Lord God,” when the Lord hath not spoken.’”
(Ezekiel 22:23-28 KJV)
“….Then said I, ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, the prophets say unto them, ‘Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place.’ Then the Lord said unto me, ‘The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.’ Therefore, thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, ‘Sword and famine shall not be in this land.’ By sword and famine shall those prophets beconsumed.’” (Jeremiah 14:13-15 KJV)
WHY HAS ALL THIS DESIRE FOR FALSEHOOD ARISEN ?
The Apostle Paul tells us, as follows:
“….For there will be a Time when they will not endure WHOLESOME Instruction, but will accumulate Teachers for Themselves, according to their OWN Inordinate desires, tickling their EAR, and they will indeed turn away from the HEARING of the TRUTH, and be turned aside to FABLES.” (II Timothy 4:3-4 The Emphatic Diaglott, Greek to English)
“….Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” (Romans 16:17-18 KJV)
And the Old Testament Prophets, Isaiah and Jeremiah, further comment on the desire for falsehood, as follows:
“….A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?”
(Jeremiah 5:30-31 KJV)
“….Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever: That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord; Which say to the seers, ‘see not;’ and to the prophets, ‘Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, (doctrine that is easy to listen to), prophesy deceits; Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.’”
(Isaiah 30: 8-11 KJV)
Then the Apostle Paul adds -
“….Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin (will) be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (and just who might this be? (!)…. “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” (II Thessalonians 2:3-4, 8-10 KJV)
As it was in the days of the Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and also the Apostle Paul, so it has been all through recorded history. Throughout the ages, translators have been guilty of distorting the meaning, by the insertion or deletion of words, and even whole verses, to justify a certain dogmatic belief. We can find evidence of these falsehoods within the pages of the Holy Bible, and some of these same falsehoods are even being preached from various pulpits today. We give a few examples of these, as follows:
AN INSERTION OF A WHOLE VERSE
“The Father, The Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
We quote this famous, favorite, ‘Trinity justifying’ verse from the King James Version, as follows:
“….This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, The Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.”
(I John 5:6-8 KJV, but particularly verse 7)
Now, that surely sounds like the Trinity concept of God is correct and proper, from the above quotation. How can one argue against that conclusion? Well, it is just for questions such as this, that, again, we go to The Emphatic Diaglott, for clarification, as follows:
“….This is he who came by Water and Blood, - Jesus the Anointed one; not by the water only, but by the water and by the blood; and the spirit is that which testifies, Because the spirit is the truth. For there are three which testify; the spirit, and the water, and the blood; and the three are of one.” (I John 5:6-8, Emphatic Diaglott, Greek to English Translation)
That sentence in question is not even in the Emphatic Diaglott at all! Verse 7 consists only of the phrase, “For there are three which testify.” Let us read the editorial comment on that particular verse. This is an EXTREMELY IMPORTANT POINT – AND AROUND THE PERCEIVED ACCURACY OF THIS VERSE LIES THE WHOLE ‘BIBLICAL PROOF’ OF THE TRINITY, AND THE CHRISTIAN ADOPTION OF THE DOCTRINE OF INCARNATION AS ONE OF ITS TENETS. PLEASE NOTE: The editorial comment from The Emphatic Diaglott, on I John 5, verse 7 is quoted directly, as follows:
“….The received text reads, “For there are three who bear witness in heaven, The Father, the Word, and the holy Spirit, and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth.” This text concerning the heavenly witness is not contained in any Greek manuscript which was written earlier than the fifth century. It is not cited by any of the Greek ecclesiastical writers; nor by any of the early Latin fathers, even when the subjects upon which they treated would naturally have led them to appeal to its authority. It is therefore evidently spurious; and was first cited (though not as it now reads) by Virgilius Tapsensis, a Latin writer of no credit, in the latter end of the fifth century; but by whom forged, is of no great moment, as its design must be obvious to all.”
INSERTION OF THE WORD ‘GOD’ INSTEAD OF THE PHRASE ‘HE WHO’
We give an example of this distortion, by quoting the King James Version:
“….And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”
(I Timothy 3:16 KJV)
But those who have ‘searched the scriptures’ instead of just passively listening to sermons, realize that something is wrong with the above verse. So again, we go to The Emphatic Diaglott for the correct understanding.
“….A Pillar and Foundation of the Truth, and confessedly great, is the secret of piety; He who was manifested in Flesh, was justified in Spirit, was seen by Messengers, was proclaimed among Nations, was believed on in the World, was taken up in Glory.”
(I Timothy 3:16 Emphatic Diaglott, Greek to English Translation)
Now the enquiring mind asks, Can we identify the one who did all these things? Of course, after becoming familiar with the life and deeds of God’s Son, we know the answer isJesus Christ, Logos Personified, Son of the Almighty.
We see how very easy it is for translators to distort the meaning of certain verses in the Bible! Substituting the word ‘God’ for the phrase, ‘He who,’ completely changes the meaning of the verse. Through the centuries, translators made many of these distortions deliberately, to provide a written, so called ‘proof’ for the popular belief prevalent in their time. Unfortunately, these deviations from the original texts remain in the Bible today, and continue to be used, to uphold, and give Biblical credence to the Doctrine of Incarnation.
THEY HAVE MADE A MYSTERY OF GOD
In order to justify the Trinity doctrine, despite overwhelming scriptural evidence to the contrary, modern day Christianity has made a mystery of God, and then attempted to ‘explain it away’ by changing verses to justify it.
The Trinity Doctrine concept is very difficult to comprehend by analytical, ‘thinking’ people. In an attempt to ‘explain it,’ their spiritual guides make the whole thing a mystery, and tell the followers who question it, that they must “just accept it in faith,” and that it will be revealed “in Glory.” We read from the King James Version, as follows:
“….That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ.” (Colossians 2:2 KJV)
The above text really tells all the believers to acknowledge the mystery of God, in an effort to convince the people that the Trinity concept of God is scriptural. We again go to The Emphatic Diaglott, which gives us beautiful scriptural clarity about the above verse. No mystery is mentioned, nor is Jesus Christ. Rather, the believers are told to have an exact knowledge of God!
“….So that their hearts may be comforted, being closely united in love, and in all the wealth of the full assurance of the understanding, in order to an exact Knowledge of the secret of God.”
(Colossians 2:2 The Emphatic Diaglott, Greek to English Translation)
This knowledge is a secret, in a sense, as so few people hold this understanding dear to their hearts, while the whole world is overtaken with the Trinity Doctrine. As our brother, the Apostle Paul says, in I Corinthians 8:5-7, The Emphatic Diaglott, as follows:
“….For though there are indeed, Gods so called, whether in Heaven or on Earth; (as they are many Gods, and many Lords;) yet to us there is but One God, the FATHER, out of whom are all things, and we for him; And One Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we through him. But this knowledge is not in all…”
THE INSERTION OF THE WORD ‘AND’
By the insertion of the little word ‘and,’ within the phrase ‘God the Father,’ the following verse also infers that the Lord Jesus is God.
“….And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God, and the Father by him.”
(Colossians 3:17 KJV)
But let us savor the Truth found in The Emphatic Diaglott, where the same verse tells us that we give all thanks to God the Father, but in Jesus’ Name. All that Jesus Christ has done, and will do, was, is, and will be, for the total glorification of His Father. All the miracles that Jesus Christ performed, He did for the purpose of opening the spiritual ‘eyes’ of those who lived at that time. In every instance, He challenged their beliefs, by His words and deeds. Indeed, God’s Word, which Jesus Christ personifies, challenges thinking Christians today.
“….And everything, whatever you may do, in Word or in Work, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17 The Emphatic Diaglott, Greek to English)
THEY HAVE SUBSTITUTED THE PHRASE ‘EVEN IN’ FOR ‘BY’
In I John 5:20, in the KJV, as another example, it infers that Jesus Christ is the true God, by a simple, little distortion. We read as follows:
“….And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”
But again, The Emphatic Diaglott gives the crystal clear meaning. Let us read of the discernment about the identity of God that the believers have received from Jesus Christ. According to this reference, the one referred to (as the ‘True one’) is God Almighty.
“….And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us Discernment, that we might know the True one; - and we are in the True one, - by his Son Jesus Christ. This is the True God, and the aionian Life.” (I John 5:20 Emphatic Diaglott, Greek to English Translation)
THE SON IS REFERRED TO, AS GOD
Here is another example of how the spirit of falsehood has distorted the truth, by just adding a phrase. This reference also refers to the Son, as God. Read on:
“….But unto the Son he saith, ‘Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.”
(Hebrews 1:8 KJV)
However, the above text is a direct quotation from Psalms 45:7, which gives a much clearer understanding, when we quote it as follows from the Twenty-four Books of the Holy Scriptures, Isaac Leeser Hebrew to English version of the Old Testament. Here, it speaks of the throne that is given of God to the Son. The whole phrase “unto the Son he saith…”is not found in the original.
“….Thy throne, given of God, endureth for ever and ever: the sceptre of equity is the sceptre of thy kingdom.”
(Psalm 45:7 Isaac Leeser Hebrew version of the Old Testament)
CHRIST IS REFERRED TO, AS THE ‘GODHEAD’
As we have illustrated, and continue to do so, some people take license with God’s Word, and place meanings on certain verses that simply are not there. Another example follows:
“….For in him (Christ) dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”
(Colossians 2:9 KJV)
This verse is often taken as proof for the Trinity Doctrine of Incarnation, because the word ‘Godhead’ sounds suspiciously like a committee of God, or the Trinity form of God. In any event, it certainly gives the indication of ‘Gods’ (plural), instead of ‘God’ (singular). In referencing The Emphatic Diaglott, the Greek to English text of the New Testament, this same verse is rendered more clearly.
“….Because in him, (Christ) dwells all the FULLNESS of the DEITY bodily.”
Now it becomes more clear! Let us look up the meaning of the word ‘Deity’ in the American College Dictionary:
Deity – the character or nature of The Supreme Being, God.
Of course, Jesus Christ is the image of The Almighty, as well as fully in HIS likeness. That is, during Jesus’ short time on earth, He became fully clothed in the Word of God, andimmersed Himself in the Divine nature, thereby making Himself perfect in the eyes of God and Humankind. Even the believers are told to ‘be partakers of the divine nature,’ in II Peter 1:4. Now we can understand the verse to say that Jesus Christ personified the character or nature of God Almighty ENTIRELY, rather than inferring that Christ’s body is a repository for a threefold or triform god.
WHY DID ‘DOUBTING THOMAS’ EXCLAIM, AS HE DID ?
I am sure that all Bible students remember about Doubting Thomas, who just couldn’t believe that Jesus had been resurrected.
“….But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said unto them, ‘Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.’ And after eight days, again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, ‘Peace be unto you.’ Then saith he to Thomas, ‘Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.’ And Thomas answered and said unto him, ‘My Lord and my God!’” (John 20:24-28 KJV)
Thomas was one of the 12 Apostles, and fully familiar with the doctrine that Jesus preached. Now why would he make that exclamation after seeing the proof of the resurrection of his Lord and Master? Perhaps it was said in total astonishment, much as people make that exclamation today, when given exceptionally good, or exceptionally bad news. The first thing many people say is ‘Oh, my God!’ Do they mean that the bearer of the news is ‘their God?’ Or the subject they are talking about is ‘their God’? Of course not. Perhaps he was exclaiming his joy, his amazement, and his thankfulness at the obvious proof of Jesus’ resurrection, both to the Lord Jesus Christ, and to The Father. And perhaps it is a mistranslation. Read on:
“….Then saith He unto Thomas, ‘Reach thy finger hither, and see My hands, and reach thy hand, and press into My side, and become not disbelieving, but believing.’ Thomas answered and said unto Him, ‘My Rabbi and my Saviour!’”
(John 20:27-28 Restoration of Original Sacred Name Bible)
MORE ‘SUBTLE’ DISTORTIONS THAT CAN CONFUSE PEOPLE
Now we will begin to discuss more subtle distortions that appear in the Scriptures, those examples that appear to refer to Jesus, when the reference truly is to God Almighty, and vice versa. Occasionally but rarely, the same name or title can apply on both God and Jesus Christ, and we will discuss this. Usually, the context of the passage, and the time frame of the reference determines the Persona on whom it applies. Some passages are diametrically opposed to the preponderance of evidence found elsewhere in the scriptures, and for those, we continue to go to other translations for further clarification.
JESUS CHRIST IS REFERRED TO, AS ‘ THE ALPHA AND OMEGA’
The Apostle John became John the Revelator, when he was banished to the Isle of Patmos as part of his persecution, prior to his death. While there, he was ministered to, by angels, and had visions by the grace of God’s Spirit, which led him so completely. These visions enlightened him as to the very end of time, and therefore, he was inspired to record what the angels revealed. Prophesy is History written beforehand. God’s plan for the future is laid out in the Book of Revelation, and we go to it, to find a spurious addition to the text that was previously recorded by John.
“….I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, ‘I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and what thou seest, write in a book’….And I turned to see the voice that spake with me, And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.” (Revelations 1:10-13 KJV)
We already know through studying God’s Word, and as we have brought forth in these writings, the title ‘Alpha and Omega’ ultimately belongs to God alone. The above verses refer to the Son of Man, Jesus Christ. Therefore, we go to The Emphatic Diaglott, the Greek to English Translation of the New Testament, to see what John has to say regarding these verses.
“….I was in Spirit on the Lord’s Day; and I heard behind me a loud Voice as of a Trumpet, saying ‘What thou seest write in a scroll’….And I turned to see the voice which was speaking with me; and having turned I saw seven golden Lampstands, and in the midst of the Lampstands one like to a Son of Man, invested with a garment to the foot, and girded about at the breasts with a golden girdle.”
(The Apocalypse 1:10-13, Emphatic Diaglott, Greek to English)
Let us take strong notice – the sentence in question, calling Jesus Christ ‘The Alpha and Omega,’ is NOT found in the original Greek to English Translation. This proves the spurious nature of that particular sentence! By these insertions that distort the meaning, countless millions have been deceived during the last two thousand years.
Now we ask these questions –
WHO IS OUR SAVIOUR ?
This following reference tells us that God is our Saviour, and to God alone, belongs all the glory, majesty, power and authority!
“….To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”
(Jude:25th verse KJV)
Yes, there are many places that refer to God as our Saviour. Let us read further:
“….and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God, and there is none else.”
(Isaiah 45:21-22 KJV)
“….But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;….” (Titus 1:3 KJV)
“….And ye have this day rejected your God who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations.”
(I Samuel 10:19 KJV)
We know that Jesus Christ is our Saviour, also! How can we explain this? Does this mean that God and Jesus are ‘one and the same’? No! The two following references disclose the beautiful meaning. God, the Creator of the Universe, had a glorious Plan in HIS mind before the very foundation of the world, that some day HE would have a Son, who would be the Redeemer of Humankind, leading the people back to the Father. Therefore, God IS the ultimate Saviour, even though the work of salvation is done through HIS Son, Jesus Christ.
“…But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.” (Titus 3:4-6 KJV)
Therefore, ultimately, total Allegiance, Honor, Glory and Authority must be given to GOD ALONE.
“….To God alone, our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be Glory, Majesty, Power, and Authority, both now, and throughout all the ages. Amen.” (Jude:25The Emphatic Diaglott)
Jesus Christ, HIS Son, showed us how we might give glory and honor to The Father, by being the Way, the Truth, and the Life. If we walk in His footsteps, we honor Jesus Christ as our Saviour, the Son of the Almighty, and by so doing, we honor and glorify God who sent Him to be the Saviour of Humankind.
WHO IS OUR REDEEMER ?
It is common knowledge that our Redeemer is Jesus Christ, by virtue of His death on the cross. The meaning of His very name ‘Jesus’ tells us that, ‘The Salvation of Jehovah.’ Indeed, He redeems, or absolves the truly penitent of their sins. There is no direct reference in the New Testament calling Jesus our Redeemer, but His work, as such, is found throughout the epistles.
However, the following verses show that God Almighty is also The Redeemer, having rescued HIS people out of their oppressive bondage in Egypt, and brought them into their own land, like the prophet Moses said, “flowing with milk and honey.”
“….Moreover he said, ‘I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. And the Lord said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; ….’”
(Exodus 3:6-8 KJV)
“….Thus hath said the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, ‘I am the Lord thy God who teach thee for thy profit, who lead thee by the way thou shouldst go.’” (Isaiah 48:17 Isaac Leeser Hebrew to English)
“….And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.” (Isaiah 49:26 KJV)
“….For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused,’ saith thy God. ‘For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee,’ saith the Lord thy Redeemer.” (Isaiah 54:5-8 KJV)
“….Thus saith the Lord of hosts; ‘The children of Israel and the children of Judah were oppressed together: and all that took them captives held them fast; they refused to let them go. Their Redeemer is strong; the Lord of hosts is his name: he shall thoroughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.’”
(Jeremiah 50:33-34 KJV)
Just as God Almighty, as the Redeemer, rescued HIS people from the hands of the Egyptian Pharaoh, and led them into their own ‘Promised Land,’ so will God send HIS Son, Jesus Christ, as Redeemer, to rescue His people from the natural and spiritual bondage they are in today, from the symbolic ‘Egypt’ that represents the brick creation of Babylon, and its Chaldean Incarnation Doctrine that has covered the whole earth.
WHO IS OUR KING ?
The title King appears throughout the Old Testament. For example, as these following references tell us, God Almighty is King for ever and ever, always has been King, and always will be, King of the whole Universe.
“….The Lord is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.” (Psalm 10:16 KJV)
“….Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Harken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.”
(Psalm 5:1-2 KJV)
“….But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.” (Jeremiah 10:10 KJV)
“….Now to the KING of the AGES, the Incorruptible, the Invisible, the Only God, be Honor and Glory for the AGES of the AGES. Amen.”
(I Timothy 1:17, The Emphatic Diaglott, Greek to English)
However, the title King is also one that God shares with His Son. Certain of the references found in the Old Testament, being prophetic, do apply on Jesus Christ, as one can tell from the context.
“….Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment….And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance for ever.”
(Isaiah 32:1 and 17 KJV)
Let us remember that the Prophet Jeremiah spoke prophetically about the coming King Christ, when he referred to Noah’s son Melchisedec, who was known as the king of righteousness.
“….Behold, the days come,’ saith the Lord, ‘that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, ‘THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’” (Jeremiah 23:5-6 KJV)
The Apostle Paul, in Hebrews 7, also refers to Melchisedec foreshadowing King Christ, as follows:
“….For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; (He lived so long he was perceived as) without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. Now consider how great this man was…”
(Hebrews 7:1-4 KJV)
The following reference tells us that the land in which we will behold our King, is in the future, that is, yet, unfulfilled prophesy.
“….Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.” (Isaiah 33:17 KJV)
“….Pilate therefore said unto him, ‘Art thou a king then?’ Jesus answered, ‘Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.’”
(John 18:37 KJV)
WHO IS ‘THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS’ ?
The Apostle Paul refers to the Father as the King of kings, and Lord of lords, as follows:
“….That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall show, who IS the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.”
(I Timothy 6:14-16 KJV)
How do we know that the above text refers to The Father? By the context of the latter part of the above quoted verses. God is the only one who has immortality – that is, HE is Eternal, having never died. No man can approach the light surrounding HIM, and no man has seen, nor can see HIM at this time. Many people saw Jesus, when He was on the scene. Therefore, we understand that the above text refers to The Father.
Yet the following verse clearly refers to Jesus Christ, the Lamb, as being called the “Lord of lords, and the King of kings!” He is so magnificently superior to all those that are called Lord and King at this time, that truly the Title, ‘Lord of lords, and King of kings’ is correctly applied on Him. This Name is part of His Official Title, Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed. These two quotations show that in this instance, and for a specific period of time, The Almighty, and the Son of the Almighty share the same honorary title.
“....These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.”
(Revelation 17:14 KJV)
TO WHOM DOES IT REFER, WHEN THE TITLE ‘LORD’ IS USED ?
The title ‘LORD,’ defined in Nave’s Topical Bible, means ‘A Prince,’ that is, Royalty. Originally, and most appropriately, it was used by Humankind to bestow tremendous honor upon Almighty God, and many thousands of years later, on HIS Son, Jesus Christ. Sadly, early on, this term fell into such frequent use, that its elevated meaning became substantially diluted, or reduced. Abraham’s wife Sarah called him “My Lord,” to show respect. As the years went by, more and more uses of the word ‘LORD’ came about, including its use in politics in England - The Lordships in the House of Lords, for instance. In Biblical times, people referred to their boss as ‘My Lord.’ Mark 10:42-44, gives the definition of Lordship, as one who rules over another. Today, we even have landlords.
According to the book, Babylon Mystery Religion, on page 114, it says,
“....The Roman Catholic Church uses the title ‘Monsignor’ which means, ‘My Lord.’ It is somewhat of a general title, The Catholic Encyclopedia explains, and can be properly used in addressing several of the higher church leaders. Instead of addressing patriarchs as ‘Vostra Beautitudine,’ archbishops as ‘Your Grace,’ bishops as ‘My Lord,’ abbots as ‘Gracious Lord,’ one may without any breach of etiquette salute all equally as ‘Monsignor.’
Gibbons, in ‘The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire,’ identifies the Roman Catholic doctrine as the ‘SYSTEM INCARNATE.’ In addition, as the years have gone by, nearly every Protestant denomination has embraced the Incarnation Doctrine as the basis for their creed. Therefore, wherever the title ‘The Lord’ appears, most of the followers of Catholicism and Protestantism immediately apply it on Jesus Christ, and completely ignore when the title, properly, refers to God Almighty. Confusion about the meaning of this title, LORD, has only served to strengthen the support for the Doctrine of Incarnation.
WE ASK AGAIN, TO WHOM, THEN, DOES THE TITLE, ‘THE LORD’ REFER ?
Both the Old and the New Testament are full of passages that refer to ‘the Lord.’ Let us continue to examine the title from the Biblical and historical perspective, in order to gain a clear understanding of its meaning, and to whom it pertains.
From our previous study in this book, we learned that the Old Testament Hebrew word for ‘LORD’ is JEHOVAH, with no exceptions. The New Testament Greek word for ‘LORD’ is Kurios, an adjective signifying ‘having power or authority,’ but is also used as a noun, a ‘title of respect or courtesy,’ like Sir is used today. In this way, the common people addressed Jesus. However, according to Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Kurios is the Septuagint and the New Testament representative of the Hebrew name, Jehovah, and it was this form of LORD that was used by the Disciples.
How, then, can we understand that Jesus Christ, also, is given that title? When we examine the root word ‘Christ’ in Greek, it is CHRISTO, meaning ‘The Anointed.’ Combining the meaning of the title LORD, with the meaning of the name CHRIST, we finally have a clear understanding – ‘The Lord Jesus Christ’ means ‘The Anointed of Jehovah’ or‘Jehovah’s Anointed One.’ Now we can understand why Jesus Christ was called LORD by all the Disciples and the believers! Jesus Christ is not God, but was chosen of God, to be anointed for this position. This is one of the greatest proofs of all, that Jesus is not God Incarnate!
Earthly parents take huge pleasure in the successes of their children’s endeavors. With that in mind, we cannot even begin to imagine the depth of indescribable joy and intense glory that God felt with the wonderful deeds and accomplishments of His Son, Jesus Christ, who fulfilled everything that God had ‘purposed’ for Him, at His first Coming. It is no wonder that this same title, ‘LORD,’ is used to honor the Son of the Almighty.
“….And being in condition as a Man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient unto Death, even the Death of the Cross. And therefore God supremely exalted Him, and freely granted to him THAT name which is above Every Name; in order that in the name of Jesus, Every Knee should bend, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those beneath; and Every Tongue confess That Jesus Christ is Lord, for the Glory of God the Father.”
(Philippians 2:8-11, The Emphatic Diaglott, Greek to English Translation)
Does this sharing of the title, ‘LORD,’ mean that Jesus Christ is God, or does this justify the Trinity Doctrine? No. We only have to look a few verses away, in the same chapter, for clarification.
“….Let this disposition be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who though being in God’s Form, yet did not meditate a Usurpation to be like God, but divested Himself, etc….”
(Philippians 2:5-7 The Emphatic Diaglott, Greek to English)
Jesus had no intention of placing Himself in the position of God, and consistently gave God all the honor and the glory, during His whole first Mission. Another translation of the Greek word ‘Harpagmon’ (which refers to usurpation), gives further clarification to it, by the phrase that it was “thought not a thing to be seized” by Jesus.
WILL JESUS CHRIST ALWAYS HOLD THESE SAME TITLES ?
No one knows the answer to this question. We can only refer to what has been written about this subject. We do know that when His work is completed, in the final closure of this great world drama, Jesus Christ will turn all, and everything over to HIS FATHER, who will then become ALL IN ALL, receiving ALL the Honor, the Glory, and the Allegiance from all the believers. Therefore, we surmise, from the above selected texts, the titles of ‘Saviour,’ ‘Redeemer,’ ‘King,’ and ‘King of kings and Lord of lords,’ will, ultimately, apply on The Father, alone. Let us read of this again:
“… And when he shall have subdued ALL things to him then the SON himself will be subject to HIM who subdued all things to him, that GOD may be all in All.” (I Corinthians 15:28 The Emphatic Diaglott)
WILL JESUS CHRIST ALWAYS RETAIN THE TITLE ‘LORD’ ?
The title, ‘Lord Jesus Christ’ means ‘The Anointed of Jehovah’ or ‘Jehovah’s Anointed One.’ Jehovah did not anoint HIMSELF, but HE chose HIS Son, and anointed Him to preside over the greatest, most powerful work of the future, that of Messiah. Because the huge Mission of Messiah will replicate the work of Jehovah in the Old Dispensation by seven times, and because God, alone, gave Jesus Christ this title, we believe that it is likely our Lord Jesus Christ will retain the distinguished title of ‘LORD.’ However, God, alone, knows the answer to the question we have asked.