Finding Jehovah in the New Testament



Throughout the Old Testament in the King James Version Bible, the Name of God is written as "LORD" ( it appears in all capital letters). LORD represents or comes from the Hebrew word, "YHWH" or "YAHWEH" or "JEHOVAH". However, the word "LORD" (YHWH - Jehovah) does not occur in the New Testament. This is because the New Testament was written in the Greek language rather than the Old Testament Hebrew language. The Greek language does not have a special word which is only used of God's name as in the Hebrew language. This means that the Hebrew word "YHWH", "YAHWEH, or "JEHOVAH" is not found in the Greek language of the New Testament. It might seem at first glance then, that the concept of God's Name, "JEHOVAH", was not carried over into the New Testament because of the use of two different languages to write the two testaments.

However, "JEHOVAH", or "LORD" as written in the Old Testament IS in the New Testament. Most New Testament publishers do not show this. All Old Testament verses which contain LORD (JEHOVAH) in them and are quoted in New Testament passages show us that JEHOVAH is contained within those N.T. verses, too. The New Testament uses the word "Lord", (which means ruler in Greek, ...not God's Name-Jehovah), for the name of God. Thus "Lord" is used for God's name in all New Testament passages which quote the Old Testament.

Consequently, whenever the KJV New Testament quotes from or refers to Old Testament scripture passages in which the Name of God appears (LORD-Jehovah), ...the O.T. word "LORD"(Jehovah) became "Lord" (kurios-ruler). Thus, for some, the concept of God's name Jehovah appearing in both testaments is lost. (Some Bibles show it correctly, yours may or may not.)

For example, when the scripture in Matthew 3:3 says, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord"), the Holy Spirit was quoting the prophet Isaiah, verse 40:3 which says, "Prepare ye the way of the LORD (LORD meaning Jehovah, the self-existing one....used only of God) Therefore, a slightly different concept may result in the Greek from that originally given in the Hebrew. The word "Lord" used in Matt. 3:3 did not come from the Hebrew word "Jehovah", but from the greek word "kurios" which means sir, master, ruler...used of men & God. Thus, all through the New Testament "LORD" (JEHOVAH) should appear within all the quotes and references to the Old Testament passages which do contain "LORD" as Jehovah's name. In this light, "Jehovah" does exist in the New Testament.

Check out your KJV Bible to see if your publisher did this for you and how consistent they were. Some do. The following exercise shares with you some of the New Testament passages and phrases which are of Hebrew origin. I have marked these in my Bible so I'll know where I should be thinking "Jehovah", the name of God, rather than thinking "master, lord, sir, owner, etc).

Listed below are the New Testament passages which quote Old Testament verses in which "LORD" (meaning Jehovah) was used in the verse, ...rather than "Lord"- meaning master or owner. I have given the Old Testament reference and any other parallel New Testament references.

The bold-face word "LORD" in each example should be read "Jehovah". Try it. Reread the New Testament passage saying "LORD" or "JEHOVAH", ....rather than "Lord" or "master". Mark it or change it. You will find others as you do your own cross referencing.

You may highlight or note each Greek-"Lord" which was originally written to be read "LORD", the name of God in Hebrew. I have done this in my Bible. It may help you, as it did me, to see the continuity of the One True God across both Covenants. This exercise may help you to see that there are not two God's, or two Jehovah's, or two Lord's....; not one of the Old and another of the New.

This exercise also aided me in understanding that Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the son of Mary, the Son of God, is not Jehovah Junior, but reveals the fulness of God as the express image of the invisible God. For truly, only as we behold the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, do we behold the Word made flesh, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, the King of Israel, ....Emmanuel.... The LORD Jehovah. (John 1:14, Isa 9:6, Matt 1:23, 2 Cor 4:6, Col 1:15, Heb1:3)

Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream,.. Since all occurrences of the phrase "angel of the LORD" in the O.T. use JEHOVAH, all N.T. passages using this phrase could be rendered the same...thus "angel of the LORD-Jehovah" rather than "angel of the Lord-ruler".

Matthew 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make his paths straight. (Isa. 40:3), Mark 1:3, Luke 3:4, Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, {It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the LORD thy God.}(Deut. 6:16), Luke 4:12

Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, {Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship theLORD thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.}(Deut 6:13), Luke 4:8

Matthew 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed [is] he that cometh in thename of the LORD; Hosanna in the highest.(Psa. 118:26), Mark 11:9

Matthew 21:42 Jesus saith unto them, {Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the LORD'S doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?}(Psa. 118:23), Mark 12:11

Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, {The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The LORD our God is one Lord:}(Deut 6:4)

Mark 12:30 {And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment.}(Deut 5:5), Luk 10:27

Mark 12:36 {For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.}(Psa 110:1), Luke 20:42, Acts 2:34

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to ready a people prepared for the LORD. (Isa 40:3)

Luke 1:76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of theLORD to prepare his ways;(Isa 40:3)

Luke 2:26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the LORD'S Christ.(Psa 2:2)

Luke 4:18 {The Spirit of the LORD [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,}(Isa 61:1), 2 Cor. 3:17,18, Acts 5:9,8:39...

Since all occurrences of the phrase "Spirit of the LORD" in the O.T. use JEHOVAH, all N.T. passages using this phrase could be rendered the same.

Luke 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the LORD. (Isa 61:2)

John 12:38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the LORD been revealed?(Isa 53:1)

Acts 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notableday of the LORD come. (Joel 2:31) The phrase "day of the LORD" occurs about 20 times in the O.T. using Jehovah. Since all occurrences of the phrase "day of the LORD" in the O.T. use JEHOVAH, all N.T. passages using this phrase could be rendered the same.

Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be saved. (Joel 2:32), Rom 10:13

Acts 2:25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the LORD always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:(Psa 16:8)

Acts 3:22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the LORD your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.(Deut 18:15)

Acts 4:26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the LORD, and against his Christ.(Psa 2:1)

Acts 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the LORD, who doeth all these things.(Amos 9:11)

Romans 4:8 Blessed [is] the man to whom the LORD, will not impute sin.(Psa 32:2)

Romans 9:29 And as Esaias said before, Except the LORD of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.(Isa 1:9)

Romans 15:11 And again, Praise the LORD, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.(Psa 117:1)

(the phrase "Praise the LORD" (Jehovah) is used about 65 times in the O.T. using Jehovah. Since all occurrences of the phrase "Praise the LORD" in the O.T. use JEHOVAH, all N.T. passages using this phrase could be rendered the same.

I Corinthians 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the LORD. (Jer 9:24)

I Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the LORD, that he may instruct him? (Isa 40:13)

I Corinthians 3:20 And again, The LORD knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. (Psa 94:11)

1 Corinthians 10:28 ....for the earth is the LORD'S and the fulness thereof: (Psalms 24:1)

Hebrews 7:21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The LORD sware and will not repent, Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:) (Psa 110:4)

Hebrews 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: (Jer 31:31)

Hebrews 8:9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the LORD. (Jer 31:32)

Hebrews 8:10 For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the LORD; I will put my laws into their mind,... (Jer 31:33) Hebrews 8:11 And they shall not teach every man... saying, Know the LORD: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. (Jer 31:34)

Hebrews 10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The LORD shall judge his people. (Deut 32:36)

Hebrews 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the LORD, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: (Prov 3:11)

Hebrews 12:6 For whom the LORD loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (Prov 3:12)

James 5:10 Take, my brethern, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the LORD.... The phrase "name of the LORD" (Jehovah) occurs about 84 times in the O.T. Since all occurrences of the phrase "name of the LORD" in the O.T. use JEHOVAH, all N.T. passages using this phrase could be rendered the same.

1 Peter 1:25 But the word of the LORD endureth for ever... The phrase occurs numerous times in the O.T. and always uses LORD (Jehovah). Acts 13:48,49, 1Thes 1:8, 2Thes 3:1 Since all occurrences of the phrase "word of the LORD" in the O.T. use JEHOVAH, all N.T. passages using this phrase could be rendered the same.


PASSING THE GOD TEST

During different periods of time and cultures, various personages have stood up and proclaimed themselves to be God, deity, and worthy of Worship. If we were to give them a test, I wonder how many could pass the test, ......a God Test, ......a Deity Test.

The scriptures reveal different characteristics, attributes, and identifying marks of the Deity of Jehovah God, creator of heaven and earth, ....the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Using these criteria to make a test should make it ever so plain that only one individual, that only one man, has all the credentials and earmarks to pass THE GOD TEST; ...... He is Jesus Christ of Nazareth, a man approved of God who was anointed with the Holy Ghost and Power. None else! Jesus has demonstrated in the holy scriptures that he alone passes THE GOD TEST. See for yourself.

QUESTION #1: Job 9:8 says that.. (God) alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. Can you name any individual in scripture who ever tread or walked upon the waves of the sea? Yes! ...Jesus Christ, ...Matthew14:25

QUESTION #2: In Psalms 107:29 it says .. the LORD (Jehovah)....He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Can you name any individual in scripture who ever made the waves of a stormy sea to become calm and peaceable? Yes! ....Jesus Christ, ...Matthew 8:26

QUESTION #3: Psalms 107:20 says .. the LORD (Jehovah) ...He sent his word and healed them. Can you name any individual in scripture who ever sent his word and his word healed? Yes! ....Jesus Christ, ...Matthew 8:8,13

QUESTION #4: In Isaiah 35:4,5 it says .. behold your God will come with vengeance, even God (Elohim) with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing. Can you name any individual in scripture who ever opened the eyes of the blind, caused the deaf hear, caused the lame to leap, and the tongue of the mute to sing? Yes! ....Jesus Christ, ...Matthew 11:4,5

QUESTION #5: Isaiah 40:25 says .. To whom will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith«):» theHolyOne. Can you name any individual in scripture who has ever been spoken of as being equal to God? Yes! ....Jesus Christ, ....Phillipians 2:6

QUESTION #6: In Isaiah 43:25 it says that...I (LORD,Jehovah), even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions. Can you name any individual in scripture who ever claimed the ability to blot out or forgive sins? Yes! ....Jesus Christ, ...Luke 5:20,21

QUESTION #7: Isaiah 44:6 says ...Thus saith the LORD (Jehovah) the King of Israel,...I am the first and I am the last. Can you name any individual in scripture who ever called himself the first and the last? Yes! ....Jesus Christ, ...Revelation 1:17,18;2:18



QUESTION #8: In Exodus 3:14 it says ...And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. Can you name any individual in scripture who ever called himself I AM? YES! ....Jesus Christ, ...John 8:58, 13:19,

QUESTION #9: Zechariah 12:10 says ...and they shall look upon me (I, LORD(Jehovah) whom they have pierced and shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son. Can you name any individual in the scriptures who was pierced, stabbed, thrust through or wounded? Yes! ....Jesus Christ, ...Matthew 27:35, John 19:34

QUESTION #10: In Psalms 23:1 it says ... The LORD (Jehovah) is my shephard. Can you name any individual in scripture who ever called himself the shephard of God's people? Yes! ....Jesus Christ, ...John 10:11, Hebrews 13:20

QUESTION #11: Isaiah 45:23 says ... That unto ME (Elohim, Jehovah) every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Can you name any individual in scripture to whom every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess ?Yes! ....Jesus Christ, ...Romans 14:11, Phillipians 2:10-11 (Thus the O.T. name "Jehovah" is equated with the N.T. name "Jesus"! This gives the Father His Glory!)

QUESTION #12: Was any individual in scripture titled or called by names of both man and diety ? Yes! It was the child, the little boy born in Isaiah 9:6, who was both called, ..."a son, ...a child, ...wonderful, ...counselor, ...the prince of peace, and yet also called ....The Mighty God, and The Everlasting Father." (The angel of Matthew 1:23 said that the child Jesus would also be called Emmanuel, ....God with us!)



Jesus Christ of Nazareth

is the only man who has ever been able to pass the God Test!



The preceding study should in no way be interpreted that we are saying that our Lord Jesus Christ was not a man, with his own separate will and personality from that of the Father. Jesus said as much of himself in John 5:30, ..."I can of myself do nothing. ...."I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me."



For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Cor 4:6)

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