Many tend to overlook a very simple fact, “Yeshua has an Elohim.”
Bible enthusiasts around the world will spend an excess amount of time contending and defending what they believe to be a doctrinal truth, the belief that Yeshua is God incarnate. Even though the words “God incarnate” do not appear once in the Bible, many use Scriptures to defend what Athanesius was controversially accredited to have once penned, “So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God” (Catholic Encyclopedia 1907). Even though there’s no true evidence that Athanaseus himself believed in the Trinity as it is understood today, many of these Bible enthusiasts fail to realize just what exactly they’re professing their allegiance to. Instead, they go on and on to prove an idea and a belief that historically speaking there’s no true evidence that it was ever endorsed by the Bible writers themselves.
So, what was it exactly that the individual is professing to when they claim to believe in the Trinity? Well, according to the New Advent (i.e., a Catholic Encyclopedia), the individual who professes faith in the Trinity is professing several things. Firstly, the individual is professing their allegiance to the Roman Catholic Church. Without this allegiance to the Roman Catholic Church, the individual is sure to perish for all eternity. Secondly, they’re professing to another notion, that neither Father, Son or the Holy Ghost was ever created at any given point in time (Catholic Encyclopedia 1907). Believe it or not, belief in this doctrine discredits belief in the Virgin Birth, another doctrine.
When Bible enthusiasts teach the Trinitarian Doctrine, they really do not know what they’re claiming. In fact, many Bible enthusiasts around the world do not even know that when they’re teaching this doctrine, they themselves are professing their allegiance to the Roman Catholic Church. If anything, they reason to believe that they’re simply teaching a biblical truth that may have been embraced by Yeshua’s own followers. As opposed to saying, “We worship a different deity that is unfamiliar to the Israeli people,” they’re more willing to admit that this biblical truth was a hidden mystery to the Jewish people that came as a later revelation by the power of the Holy Ghost, an account that the New Testament itself does not even mention. They also reason that this biblical truth was revealed only to the First Century Church without truly knowing that Bible scholars themselves admit that the Trinitarian Doctrine was of Western European invention and not a philosophy of the Middle Eastern Orient. The list goes on and on.
As opposed to contending or defending belief in the Trinity, this study will state a biblical fact that goes well overlooked. The statement is neither to agree nor disagree with the notion that Yeshua was God incarnate. The simple fact that Messiah himself admitted to was that “Yeshua himself has an Elohim.” Yes, many Trinitarians will argue that Yeshua and God was one and the same. They might even pull verses that may seem to support their claims. The biblical truth is that Yeshua himself has an Elohim, and many will remain silent on the matter with few objections.
This study presents three instances where Yeshua made himself distinguishable from Yahweh.
The first instance that Yeshua spoke in a manner that distinguished himself from Yahweh was actually at his own water immersion. When John presented his opposition to immersing Yeshua into the water, Yeshua himself said,"[...] ‘It should be done, for we must carry out all that Elohim requires’ So John agreed to baptize Yeshua” (Matthew 3:15, NLT). Yeshua didn’t say, “Do it because I am God incarnate and I’m commanding you to do it. He simply stated that it was what Yahweh required for all to do which was in accordance to that which was written in the Word.
Now, there are a number of instances that we can review throughout the Gospels in Yeshua’s own lifetime where he admits to being distinguishable from Yahweh; however, this study would like to focus your attention to a crucial moment in his life’s story where he could have made the claim but didn’t. It was at the cross. Many hold this event as momentous and respect it, but few really think about what Yeshua said when he was at the cross and fully embrace it. Two witnesses that were present documented what Yeshua said.
For the most part, Bible enthusiasts will not try to discourage the idea that Yeshua was ever a separate entity from God. If you were to ask a Bible enthusiast, “Did Yeshua identify himself as someone distinguishable from Elohim at this most crucial moment?” They would simply answer, “No.” In fact, they would reject the idea that Yeshua was ever distinguishable from God and would reason, “He only said that in order to fulfill prophecy (reference Psalm 22:1).” The statement by its own right has no true value; at least, that was my experience with many Trinitarians when I’ve presented them with this thought. Secondly, even though Yeshua himself thought that Yahweh abandoned him, Paul teaches contrary to Yeshua's statement at the cross by stating, "For Yahweh was in Messiah [at the cross implied], reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And Yahweh gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation" (2 Corinthians 5:19, NLT).
Scriptures reveal a third instance where Yeshua himself claimed to have an Elohim. This instance took place immediately after he rose from the grave. In fact, Yeshua himself wanted for Mary Magdalene to announce this message to his own disciples who knew him at the most personal level, the ones he called “brothers.” While so many support the idea that Yeshua rose from the grave and ascended up to heaven, few ever take a second notice that maybe we too should profess this, that Yeshua has an Elohim. Not only did Yeshua admit that he has an Elohim, Yeshua also wanted Mary Magdalene to proclaim the same account to Yeshua's faithful followers. The account stipulates Yeshua saying, “‘Don’t cling to me,’ Yeshua said, ‘for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God’” (John 20:17, NLT).
What, then, does this statement in John 20:17 reveal? Well, it reveals that Yeshua worshipped the same Elohim his disciples worshipped, the Sovereign One of Israel. This Elohim was not uniquely different and revealed at a later date as some Bible enthusiasts allege to have happened, which there’s no account of in the New Testament. No, this Elohim that Yeshua has was the same one that revealed himself to the Patriarchs, Moses at the burning bush and the Prophets of old. By telling Mary to announce that Yeshua was ascending to Yahweh, his disciples were able to take great comfort!
Yes, anyone can pick a side and contend whether or not Yeshua was God, but few will ever state that Yeshua has an Elohim as he himself admitted and wanted those closest to him to proclaim.
1. Joyce, George. "The Blessed Trinity." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 15. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. 27 Apr. 2016<http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15047a.htm>.
2. Sullivan, James. "The Athanasian Creed." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 2. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. 27 Apr. 2016<http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02033b.htm>.
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