"Who do you say I am?"

 

There are many Scriptures that easily prove that Jesus is Jehovah. Jehovah is exactly who Jesus is. We are Christ's witnesses (Acts 1:8). Since Jesus is Jehovah, we are the true Jehovah's witnesses (Isaiah 43:10).

Of course, everything that follows is in direct opposition to the teachings of those false witnesses who formally go by the name "Jehovah's Witnesses" (the "Watchtower" folks). Their misuse of the label will not cause me to abandon it, because it rightly belongs to me. Just as the cult "The Way" is not the True Way, so the cult "Jehovah's Witnesses" are bearing false witness about Jesus and Jehovah.

Top Ten Proofs that Jesus is Jehovah

1. Jehovah foretells his own coming:

"You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me" (Isaiah 43:10).

(Not that it matters, but I'm taking everything from the NIV. All English translations translate the divine name "Jehovah" as "LORD" in all uppercase. Whenever you see "Lord" in the OT, not in all uppercase, that is a different Hebrew word, "adonai", which simply means "boss" or "master").

So here we have Jehovah declaring that his chosen servant is himself. This is of course a prophecy about the Messiah to come. Who is that Messiah? Jehovah says, "I am he." And just to make sure nobody thinks this is some other god, Jehovah immediately follows up with "before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me." And again in verse 11, "I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior." There is no savior apart from Jehovah. Jesus is "our great God and Savior" (Titus 2:13). Jesus is Jehovah.

2. Jehovah is our righteousness.

"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness" (Jeremiah 23:5-6).

Another prophecy about Jesus, the coming King. What is Jesus called? "Jehovah Our Righteousness". Paul said about himself that he had no righteousness of his own (Philippians 3:9). Paul said that Jesus is our righteousness: "It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption" (1 Corinthians 1:30). Jesus is our righteousness. Jesus is Jehovah.

3. Jesus is Lord.

If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).

Here we have an outright declaration that Jesus is Lord. The name Jehovah appears nowhere in the New Testament. Whenever the Hebrew "Jehovah" is translated into Greek, it is translated to the Greek word "kyrios", which can be confusing because "kyrios" can mean "Jehovah", or it can mean merely "master". This confusion remains in English, since the word "lord" can mean The LORD, or merely a human master. See, for example, Matthew 22:41-45, which quotes Psalm 110:1 ("The LORD [Jehovah] says to my Lord [master]"). In Matthew, this comes across as "The Lord [kyrios] said to my Lord [kyrios]". But we know that Paul in Romans 10:9 is calling Jesus not just "master" but "Jehovah", because in the next couple verses he quotes from Joel chapter 2:

As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame." For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Romans 10:11-13).

"Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved" (Joel 2:32).

Paul wrote his letters to "all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 1:2).

Jesus claimed that the name of the Father had been given to the Son. "Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name--the name you gave me--so that they may be one as we are one" (John 17:11).

Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hands? Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and the name of his son? (Proverbs 30:4).

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19).

Further, if Jesus is not Jehovah, then the Bible contradicts itself, because in Acts it says that we should call NOT on the name of Jehovah, but on the name of Jesus, and only Jesus:

"It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is 'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.' Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:10-12).

When I call on the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I am calling on the name of Jehovah, because Jesus is Jehovah.

4. Jehovah bled.

"They will look on me, the one they have pierced" (Zechariah 12:10).

This is Jehovah speaking. Clearly a prophecy about Jesus being nailed to the cross. We nailed God to the cross. Another verse, this one in the New Testament, also says that God bled:

Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood (Acts 20:28).

It wasn't just(!) Jehovah's Son on the cross. It was Jehovah himself. Jesus is Jehovah.

5. Worship Jehovah.

"Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only" (Matthew 4:10).
"Worship the LORD your God" (Exodus 23:25).

Jesus quoted the Old Testament to resist Satan, saying that only Jehovah should be worshiped. Yet Jesus himself accepted worship from men (Matthew 14:33; 28:17; John 9:38, etc.). Peter rejected worship from men (Acts 10:25-26). Even angels reject worship from men (Revelation 19:10). Jesus freely accepted worship, because Jesus is Jehovah.

6. Jesus is the great "I am".

"I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!" (John 8:58).

Jesus here is claiming in no uncertain terms that he is Jehovah, not only because he existed before Abraham, but also because "I am" in Hebrew is the very root of the name Jehovah. Jehovah in Hebrew means "I am". Jesus is the "I am" who sent Moses to speak to Pharaoh (Exodus 3:14).

Another evidence that this is the divine name is seen later in John:

When Jesus said, "I am [he]," they drew back and fell to the ground (John 18:6).

The word "he" is not actually in the original Greek. The translators supplied it in English to try to complete the sentence, but the meaning is more clear without the "he". Jesus spoke the divine name, and the automatic response of his creatures is to fall to the ground.

Jesus says that you will die in your sins if you do not acknowledge that Jehovah, Jesus, the only true God, died for you.

"I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am [the one I claim to be], you will indeed die in your sins" (John 8:24).

Again, the translators thought they were helping when they inserted "the one I claim to be". If we say that it was anyone other than Jehovah who died for us, we are blaspheming his Name. God is not pleased to see the credit for his glorious work go to some false god of our own making.

7. The name "Jesus" is short for "Jehovah saves".

In the OT, the name "Jehovah" (or "Yahweh") is often shortened to "Yah". Thus "hallelujah" means "praise the LORD".

The name "Jesus" is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew "Joshua". The Hebrew name "Joshua" is actually spoken in Hebrew with an extra syllable: "Yehoshua". And the name in Hebrew means "Jehovah is salvation".

What makes the NT Jesus different from the OT Joshua? Matthew 1:21, "you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." Joshua led Godís chosen people in a physical deliverance into the promised land. Jehovah saved them from physical bondage in Egypt. Jesus leads Godís chosen people out of spiritual bondage, delivering them from sin, into the promised coming Kingdom. Joshua was a "type" of Christ (among others such as Isaac, Joseph, Moses, David). Jesus is the literal Jehovah who saves us.

8. The first and the last.

Jehovah is "the first and the last" (Isaiah 44:6). Jesus is "the first and the last" (Revelation 22:13). There cannot be more than one "first". There cannot be more than one "last". Jesus is Jehovah.

9. Every knee will bow and every tongue will swear.

Before Jehovah "every knee will bow and every tongue will swear" (Isaiah 45:23). "At the name of Jesus every knee should bow...and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord" (Philippians 2:10).

10. Jehovah is God.

"The LORD is God" (Deuteronomy 4:35, one verse among about a hundred others).

Jesus is God (Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:23; Mark 2:5-7; John 1:1,14; 5:18; 8:24,58; 10:30; 20:28; Acts 20:28; Romans 9:5; 10:9-13; Philippians 2:6; Colossians 1:15-20,2:9; 1 Timothy 6:15 with Revelation 19:16; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:8-10; 1 John 5:20; Revelation 1:7-8,17-18).

Jehovah is God. Jesus is God. Jesus is Jehovah.

Jesus did say that "the Father is greater than I" (John 14:28), and this is certainly true in the same sense that a head is "greater" than an arm. The Son is the Arm of the Father (Isaiah 53:1). The Father is the Head of the Son (1 Corinthians 11:3). In one sense, "no one has ever seen God" (John 1:18; 1 John 4:12), and in another, "anyone who has seen me has seen the Father" (John 14:9). No one has ever seen my spirit, but if someone sees my arm, they have seen my spirit, in a sense, for my arm is my spirit in the flesh, the physical manifestation of the spiritual, the visible picture of the invisible reality. He is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form (Colossians 2:9).