This week I received an email from a reader regarding my post about the name Jehovah. He wrote:
Had a question about the Jehovah is the Father. All your references make tons of sense. I did some digging to follow up and I came across D&C 110:3-4 and am curious about your take on that reference. It appears to be JC claiming the name of Jehovah as his own directly which would make it appear to be an outlier given the other references. Thoughts?
For reference, here’s what D&C 110-3-4 say:
3 His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah, saying:
4 I am the first and the last; I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father.
It’s a great question. I love that this reader is fact checking me! If I’m wrong, I want to know it. Here’s a cleaned up version of my response:
John 17:11 in the KJV says:
And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
The KJV has Jesus referring to the people the Father has given him. Unfortunately, it’s a bad translation. In fairness, it was made 400 years ago and they didn’t understand ancient Greek like we do today.
Here’s what the NIV says:
I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.
And the Berean Literal Bible:
And I am no longer in the world, and yet they are themselves in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, which You have given Me, that they may be one as we are.
And the New Revised Standard Version:
11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.
Jesus isn’t saying his Father has given him people, he’s saying his Father has given him his name. You can check out a word for word translation of the Greek here: http://biblehub.com/text/john/17-11.htm
Having become one with the Father, Jesus was given the name of Jehovah. From this point forward, Jesus can claim to be Jehovah because he succeeded in becoming one with the Father.
This is confirmed by Paul in Hebrews 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
He didn’t start with a more excellent name, he obtained it after doing the will of the Father and proving that he will act EXACTLY has Jehovah would. At that point, they can have the same name because they are ONE and share everything, including the name.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord [YHVH], to the glory of God the Father.
What name is above every name? If Elohim is the name of the Father, he would have to give Jesus the name Elohim to be above every other name. How would giving Jesus the name Jehovah give glory to the Father if the Father had the name Elohim? In inheriting all that the Father has, that appears to include the divine name, Jehovah or YHVH.
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church.
If the Father put Christ above all, including every name that is named both in this world and the world to come, and that name is Jehovah, then that must be the name of the Father. Because if the Father’s name is Elohim, he didn’t put Christ above every name when he called him Jehovah.
But the Father knew what he was doing. The scriptures are consistent when we follow the paradigm the scriptures use. The Father’s name is Jehovah. Before his mortal ministry, Jesus did not have the name Jehovah. After his ministry, he did, and does, and will.