Is Jesus’ Name God the Father?

In this post, I am going to address the commonly misused texts by oneness/modalists heretics to prove that the Father’s name is Jesus and that Jesus is the Father, either because he is the human incarnation of the Father or a human being whom the Father fully indwells.

The following passage is often cited as proof that Jesus is the human manifestation of the Father since the Lord claims to come in his Father’s name:

I have come in the name of my Father, and ye do not receive me; if another may come in his own name, him ye will receive;” John 5:43 Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)

If coming in the name of the Father implies that the Father is Jesus then this means that the entire Israelite nation was/are the human manifestation of Jehovah God:

“if my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 American Standard Version (ASV)

“I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back; bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the end of the earth; every one that is called by my name, and whom I have created for my glory, whom I have formed, yea, whom I have made.” Isaiah 43:6-7 ASV

It is clear that being called by Jehovah’s name means that God had set apart Israel to be the one specific people who would be identified with him for the express purpose of making him known to all the nations:

“And now, if ye really hearken to My voice, then ye have kept My covenant, and been to Me a peculiar treasure more than all the peoples, for all the earth [is] Mine; and ye — ye are to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation: these [are] the words which thou dost speak unto the sons of Israel.” Exodus 19:5-6 YLT

“Oh sing unto Jehovah a new song: Sing unto Jehovah, all the earth. Sing unto Jehovah, bless his name; Show forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, His marvellous works among all the peoples.” Psalm 96:1-3 ASV

“The beasts of the field shall honor me, the jackals and the ostriches; because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people which I formed for myself, that they might set forth my praise.” Isaiah 43:20-21 ASV

This would further prove that David is the physical embodiment of Jehovah of Hosts:

“And David saith unto the Philistine, `Thou art coming unto me with sword, and with spear, and with buckler, and I am coming unto thee in the name of Jehovah of Hosts, God of the ranks of Israel, which thou hast reproached.’” 1 Samuel 17:45 YLT

David came against Goliath in the name of Jehovah of Hosts, the God of the ranks/armies of Israel. Therefore, if the oneness logic is correct then David must have been the human appearance of Jehovah.

This would also show that the entire Israelite army were the human manifestation of Jehovah!

“And Asa calleth unto Jehovah his God, and saith, `Jehovah! it is nothing with Thee to help, between the mighty and those who have no power; help us, O Jehovah, our God, for on Thee we have leant, and in Thy name we have come against this multitude; O Jehovah, our God thou [art]; let him not prevail with Thee — mortal man!” 2 Chronicles 14:11 YLT

Obviously, not even the oneness/modalist would accept such an interpretation.

Therefore, coming in the name of Jehovah of Hosts can only mean that David and the army of Israel came up against God’s enemies by the power and authority of Jehovah, that Jehovah had authorized them to go up against the hostile nations to defeat them in battle. This is clearly brought out by the following texts:

“Some of chariots, and some of horses, And we of the name of Jehovah our God Make mention.” Psalm 20:7 YLT

Our help [is] in the name of Jehovah, Maker of the heavens and earth!” Psalm 124:8 YLT

Similarly, Jesus’ coming in the name of his Father doesn’t make him the Father, but rather makes him the Father’s authorized Agent, invested with the authority of the Father to represent him and act on his behalf.

This next passage further corroborates this understanding:

“All nations have compassed me about, In the name of Jehovah I surely cut them off. They have compassed me about, Yea, they have compassed me about, In the name of Jehovah I surely cut them off. They compassed me about as bees, They have been extinguished as a fire of thorns, In the name of Jehovah I surely cut them off.” Psalm 118:10-12 YLT

It is obvious that the phrase “In the name of Jehovah,” means that the Psalmist would overcome and defeat the nations that come against Israel by the power and authority of Jehovah, not that he happens to be the human manifestation of Jehovah.

Now pay attention to the following verse taken from this very same Psalm:

Blessed [is] he who is coming In the name of Jehovah, We blessed you from the house of Jehovah,” Psalm 118:26 YLT

Again, in the context “coming in the name of Jehovah” can only mean that the figure in question has been invested with the authority of Jehovah to carry out the work that Jehovah has sent him out to do.

The reason why this text is relevant is that it is ascribed to the Lord Jesus:

“On the morrow, a great multitude that came to the feast, having heard that Jesus doth come to Jerusalem, took the branches of the palms, and went forth to meet him, and were crying, `Hosanna, blessed [is] he who is coming in the name of the Lord — the king of Israel;’” John 12:12-13YLT

This clearly establishes that “coming in the name of the Father” doesn’t prove that Jesus is the Father, but rather that he is his Father’s authorized spokesperson invested with the authority of the Father to speak and act on his behalf, a fact made clear by what our Lord states elsewhere:

“I am not able of myself to do anything; according as I hear I judge, and my judgment is righteous, because I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father who sent me.” John 5:30

“And in the meanwhile his disciples were asking him, saying, `Rabbi, eat;’ and he said to them, `I have food to eat that ye have not known.’ The disciples then said one to another, `Did any one bring him anything to eat?’ Jesus saith to them, `My food is, that I may do the will of Him who sent me, and may finish His work;’” John 4:31-34 YLT

“Jesus, therefore, said to them, ‘When ye may lift up the Son of Man then ye will know that I am [he]; and of myself I do nothing, but according as my Father did teach me, these things I speak; and He who sent me is with me; the Father did not leave me alone, because I, the things pleasing to Him, do always.’” John 8:28-29 YLT

“because I spake not from myself, but the Father who sent me, He did give me a command, what I may say, and what I may speak, and I have known that His command is life age-during; what, therefore, I speak, according as the Father hath said to me, so I speak.” John 12:49-50 YLT

“but that the world may know that I love the Father, and according as the Father gave me command so I do; arise, we may go hence.” John 14:31 YLT

“According as the Father did love me, I also loved you, remain in my love; if my commandments ye may keep, ye shall remain in my love, according as I the commands of my Father have kept, and do remain in His love;” John 15:9-10 YLT

In the next segment, I will address the other texts, which oneness/modalists misuse to prove their false doctrine (https://answeringislamblog.wordpress.com/2020/07/07/is-jesus-the-name-of-the-father-son-and-holy-spirit/).

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