As we study the Trinity, one of our first obstacles is the change of languages. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew or Chaldee. The New Testament was written in Greek. The Words we use for the Lord or God, mean different things in these different languages .
In the Old Testament the Word for God is: Elohim, and means Creator/Supreme Ruler, Sometimes God is Translated to Adonay, which means Supreme Ruler, either Devine or Human.
In the New Testament the Word God is: Theos, and means, Deity, Supreme Divinity, or magistrate.
In the Old Testament, the Word for Lord is: Jehovah or Yahwey, from the Hebrew who were forbidden to pronounce the Name of God. It means: THE ETERNAL ONE, THE EXISTENT ONE
In the New Testament the Word for Lord is: Kurios, it means, Supreme in Authority, Controler, God, Lord, Master
The Words for Spirit, both Old and New: Ruach OT, PNEUMA NT, which both mean wind, or breath, or the immortal soul.
Let us compare Genesis 1:1-5, 2:4 with John 1:1-5,14:
In the beginning God (Elohim, Creator/Ruler) created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit (Ruach, breath, wind, of Elohim) of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God (Elohim) said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”
The Lord God first appears in
Genesis 2: 4.
“These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,”
Lord God, the Eternal One, Creator/Ruler. The Three, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, always work in harmony, but we can distinguish who they are, as we study their Words and Works.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, (Theos, Deity, Supreme Divinity, a magistrate,) and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
I hope this helps in our understanding of who Jesus is: He is God, (Elohim, the Creator/Supreme Ruler, in the Old Testament and Theos, the Diety, Supreme Divinity, the Word of God), In the New.
This does not change the need to cling to Jesus for Forgiveness and Salvation. He is the only way to the Father. I do hope it will help to understand, the difference between the Law and Grace.
In the life of Abram, he dealt solely with the Lord, (Jehovah), until chapter 15 where he calls the Lord, ADONAY JEHOVAH. Lord God, Supreme Ruler, the Eternal One. A few chapters later he meets Elohim, the Creator/Ruler. He then deals with Elohim, more than Jehovah.
Find more at The Trinity in the Old Testiment.
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