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Of course Christianity believes Jesus is God, but I am interested in this question for the argument that Jehovah (I AM), the name of God which later Jews were not allowed to speak, is a term not unique to the Father. In other words, is this special name 'I AM' just as valid for the Son, as it is the Father?

Is Jesus = (Jehovah/Yahweh/YHWH) in the flesh?

Note: Yahweh/YHWH are just more original Hebrew representations of the English word Jehovah or capital LORD in our Bibles. These are all the same meaning, i.e. the name 'I AM'.

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Clearly a Jehovah's Witness perpective on this would be interesting... –  Affable Geek Mar 20 '13 at 17:30

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In Trinitarian orthodoxy,

  • יהוה (YHVH), commonly referred to as "the Tetragrammaton," is the name of God.
  • The Father is God, and thus, the name of the Father is YHVH.
  • The Son is God, and thus, the name of the Son is YHVH.
  • The Holy Spirit is God, and thus, the name of the Holy Spirit is YHVH.
  • As there is only one God, there is only one name יהוה shared by three persons of the Holy Trinity.

To note, יהיה - no matter what one assumes the nekkudot to be - could not translate into English as "I am." That would be אֶהְיֶה (ehyeh).

Zechariah 2:11:

And many nations shall be joined to YHVH in that day and shall be My people, and I will dwell in your midst (cp. Zech. 2:10), and you shall know that YHVH of hosts sent Me to you (cp. Zech. 2:9).

Note the two persons identified by the name יהוה. The one who sends is the Father, and the one who is sent to dwell among Israel is the Son. This theme is especially emphasized in the Gospel and Epistles of John (cp. John 1:14; John 8:42; 1 John 4:14).

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I am fine with He who is. In understand it to have the same English meaning of I AM. Great verse you pulled out with Zech. Thanks. –  Mike Mar 17 '13 at 13:48

Per John 1, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God....and the Word was made flesh.

Per John 14:6, "No one comes to the Father except through me (Jesus)."

Abraham was saved by Faith as per Genesis 15:4 & 6, "And behold, the word of the LORD came to him".."And he (Abraham) believed the LORD and he counted it to him as righteousness."

Therefore LORD, Yahweh God, is all three persons of the Trinity, but when Yahweh God is speaking to man, this is done by the person and in the role of the Son of God. And this is how people who received and accepted the Word of God were saved in the Old Testament as they came to the Father through the Son (Word) of God.

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