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[Taken from the God Papers  by Walter R. Dolen
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GP 2: God The Father

Jesus Christ's Father

gp277 Who is the BeComingOne (yhwh) of the Old Testament, and who is God the Father? We must note again that the translation of "Lord God" in the Kings James Version of the Bible and other translations of the Bible is incorrect. Transliteration from Hebrew should read Yehowah Elohim in most cases. A translation of the literal meaning would be the "BeComingOne (of the) Gods," or "BeComingOne, (the) Gods," or "He (Who) will-be, (the) Gods" (see GP 1).

First Proof

gp278 Jesus was speaking to some Jews who had accused him of being possessed with a demon and making himself greater than Abraham by his words. Christ's answer is significant, for he reveals something important in it:

  • "Jesus answered, If I honor myself, my honor is nothing: it is my Father that honors me; of whom you say, that he is your God" (John 8:54).

gp279 Notice Christ says his Father is the God that they, the Jews, say is their God. Now the Jews believe that their God was the "BeComingOne God(s)" or "Yehowah Elohim" or as mistranslated by some "Lord God" of the Old Testament (Psalm 140:6; Lev 18:30; 1Chron 29:10). And Jesus said his Father is that God (John 8:54; cf. Rom 15:6; 1Cor 8:6; 2Cor 1:3; 11:31; Eph 1:17; Phil 2:11; 1 Peter 1:3). Therefore Jesus Christ's Father was the God of the Jews, and the Old Testament called the God of the Jews, Yehowah (YHWH).

Six More Proofs

gp280 Let's continue to prove that the BeComingOne of the Old Testament was the Father and is the ONE BeComingOne (Deut 6:4). We will give six more proofs besides John 8:54 that show that the BeComingOne of the Old Testament is Christ the man's Father.

God Swore By Himself

gp281 (1) "For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he swore by himself" (Heb 6:13). Now the God Paul was speaking about here was the BeComingOne (Gen 22:16; Isa 45:23). Paul said there was no greater than the BeComingOne of the Old Testament. He, the BeComingOne, was the greatest. Of course the BeComingOne was the greatest, for he was Jesus Christ the man's Father (John 8:54). Jesus Christ the man said his Father was the greatest of ALL, even greater than Jesus the man: "my Father who has given them to Me is greater than all ... I am going to the Father, for my Father is greater than I"(John 10:29; 14:28).

Throne

gp282 (2) Christ the man by a statement in Matthew 5:34 said God's (implying his Father's) throne was heaven, and in Isaiah 66:1 we see the BeComingOne calling heaven his throne. This is another proof that Christ's Father and the BeComingOne of the Old Testament were one and the same.

Prayer

gp283 (3) Now Christ taught that we should pray to our Father in heaven (Matt 6:6, 9-15). And Christ said his Father was the God of the Old Testament (John 8:54). Thus, we see Daniel praying to the BeComingOne, "And I [Daniel] prayed unto the BeComingOne my God and made my confession..." (Dan 9:4). Daniel and the rest of the others of the Old Testament prayed to the BeComingOne (note Jer 32:16-18), for he was in a sense their Father (Isa 63:16). We (Spiritual Israel) pray to our Father, who is the BeComingOne, the true God mentioned in the Old Testament, as physical Israel prayed to the BeComingOne, who was their Father (see # 5 below).

God The Father Chose

gp284 (4) In the New Testament it speaks of God the Father choosing people to be his sons through Jesus Christ (Eph 1:3-5). And since it is the Father who chooses, so does the BeComingOne of the Old Testament, for both the Father and the BeComingOne are the same being (note Isa 44:l-2; 43:10; 49:7; Psa 89:3; 105:43; 106:4, 5, 23; see "Predestination Paper" [NM8]).

yhwh Of Old Testament Is The Father

gp285 (5) The BeComingOne is called the Father in the Old Testament, and calls himself the Father: "You, O BeComingOne, art our Father, our Redeemer"(Isa 63:16). "For I am a Father to Israel, and Ephraim is my first-born" (Jer 31:9). "But now, O BeComingOne, you art our Father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the work of your hand" (Isa 64:8). "Thus, says the BeComingOne, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command you me" (Isa 45:11). "And David said, Blessed be you, BeComingOne of Israel our Father, from the age and to the age"(l Chron 29:10). "He shall cry unto me [the BeComingOne], You art my Father my God, and the rock of my salvation" (Psa 89:26). Compare this with such verses as John 20:17. "I will be his Father" (2Sam 7:14, 1-29). Compare in context Psalms 2:7 with Hebrews 1:1, 5 and Psalms 110:1 with Hebrews 1:1, 13.

"See" The Father?

gp286 (6) Now some will say that God the Father could not be the God of the Old Testament, for scripture says that no one has seen the Father (John 1:18; 5:37). Since some did "see" the God of the Old Testament (Moses "saw," Deut 5:4; 34:10), this is proof that Jesus Christ's Father is not the BeComingOne of the Old Testament. But this is wrong, for did Christ say no one had seen his Father?

gp287 "And the Father himself, which has sent me, has borne witness of me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And you have not his word abiding in you: for whom He has sent, him you don't believe" (John 5:37-38).

gp288 Notice verse 38 that the ones ("You") Jesus was speaking to didn't have the word abiding in them. Now in l John 2:14 we see that real Christians do have the word of God in them. John is writing to Spiritual Christians and says, "I have written unto you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you" (1John 2:14). Hence, we know that Jesus was speaking to non-Spiritual people when he spoke in John 5:37-38.

gp289 Notice carefully: "Not that any man has seen the Father, except he which is of God, he has seen the Father" (John 6:46). "If you had known me, you should have known my Father also: and from henceforth you know him, and have seen him" (John 14:7). "He that is of God hears God's words: you therefore hear them not, because you are not of God" (John 8:47). We see that those of God are able to "see" the Father, at least in a Spiritual sense. Because God is spirit, then those of God can/will "see" God at least Spiritually. And soon they will see God as he is, and in the truest possible sense (see GP 10 of the God Papers). Those who "saw" God in the Old Testament saw him in a vision or transfiguration (Deut 34:10; Num 12:8).

Outside of visions, no one had seen the true God in a physical sense (except to see Jesus Christ, who is the image of God, see GP 5, GP 10), because the true God is Spiritual and because the true God is the BeComingOne [He (who) Will-Be], whose completeness is yet to be manifested. Also see "Can we see spirits?" in GP 3. Eventually the true God will incorporate the entire new creation into Himself (1Cor 15:28).

gp290 God the Father is the BeComingOne (YHWH) of the Old Testament as shown herein



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