Who is God?
Many believe that God the Father is the God shown in what is generally called the Old Testament. The Son – Jesus Christ (Yeshua) – hence is not seen as an active member of the Godhead until His birth on earth and His work as the Messiah.
Yet the Bible teaches the exact opposite. It shows that Christ was the God of the Old Testament, the One who spoke to Adam and Eve, to Noah and Abraham, the one who guided Israel through the desert, gave the Law to Moses and spoke to the Prophets.
How can I prove this statement? First of all we should all agree on the premise that the Bible does not contradict itself. Now since the Bible is God’s truth (John 17:17 / Psalm 119:160) we must understand that when we believe something contrary to its teachings, we ourselves must be in the wrong. Not every tradition taught by religious men is based on the Bible!
Let’s the Bible speak for itself:
John 1:18 “No one has seen God [the Father] at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.”
John 5:37 “And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form.”
1. John 4:12 “No one has seen God at any time…”
Compare these few statements with the following verses where we can see human beings interact with and watch God. Only difference: The Word Jesus Christ is God too. He is the one who has existed forever along with the Father and who has been what I call the “acting God” of the Old Testament.
Deuteronomy 34:10 “…Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.”
Numbers 12:8 “I speak with him face to face”
Exodus 24:10 “and they saw the God of Israel.”
Exodus 33:20 Here Yahweh says: “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” But in John 5:37 it says we have not seen His form at all. This must be the Word speaking – Yahweh, the “I am”.
Isaiah 6:5 “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord (Yahweh) of hosts.”
Genesis 18:1 “Then the Lord appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre.”
How is it possible that God the Father – whom nobody has ever seen or heard – talks to His creation personally, is heard and seen (at least in parts)?
There are scores of other parallels which prove that the God of the Old Testament is NOT the Father but “the Word” (John 1:1). As is said in John 1:18, nobody ever knew the Father, only the Son – the one we call Jesus/Yeshua/Immanuel/the Messiah. He has declared (shown, explained, made known) the Father.
What is the inescapable conclusion behind all this? It is that Christ was the God of the Old Testament – who is not the Father – and that He was killed by the very people who believed to honour this God. The Jews of Jesus’ time crucified their own creator!
Adam and Eve saw and talked to the later Messiah, Noah was instructed by Him, Abraham was the personal friend of Him and Moses received the Law from this Christ. The elders saw Christ – the Word – at Mt. Sinai and Isaiah saw the exact same person and believed he would have to die because of that.
Together Father and Son form the Godhead called “Elohim” (the mighty ones) and constitute a family into which we can be born too. Or why else would John say in 1. John 3:2 “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is”?
Our wonderful future is to become part of the God-family as eternally living children of the Father and brothers to the Son, that is Jesus Christ.
The pagan teaching of a trinity distorts this truth and limits the God-Family to three individuals. But actually God the Father and God the Son are only the beginning of a wonderful family that will consist of millions and billions of members. This is the core of God’s plan with humanity.
Some of the other parallels that show how Christ is the God of the Old Testament are:
– Christ is the creator of this world: John 1:10 / explained also in 1 Corinthians 8:6
– Christ is the Rock of the Old Testament: compare Psalm 19:2.15 with 1. Corinthians 10:4. Deuteronomy 32:4 as well calls the Lord a Rock. This Rock is also “a” God (El) since He is part of the God-Family.
– Christ will judge the world when He returns: Psalm 96:13 / John 5:22.27.30 – the same person who spoke face to face to Abraham identified Himself as judge in Genesis 18:25.
– The “I am” from Exodus 3:14 is also found in John 8:58 which makes Christ God. That was correctly understood by the Jews at that time. This is why they wanted to stone Christ to death, because He made Himself God.
Finally, the Father and the Son are ONE (John 10:30). Both are God, while the Father is higher than the Son (1. Corinthians 15:27 / Hebrews chapters 1 and 2).
This is a mystery not many have been able to understand. Only Christ can reveal this truth to us: Luke 10:22 “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”
When understood the active presence of “the Word” in the times of ancient Israel we can understand the greatness of His sacrifice. The “Word of God” is returning (Revelation 19:13 “… and His name is called The Word of God”) and will judge the world. Are you ready for that moment?