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When God called me and I started attending God’s Church at age 18, I began a project to read every single booklet the Church published. As I read and studied, turning to every scripture listed, I was truly shocked and amazed at the truths God was revealing to me in His Holy Word. Each booklet would explain another piece of the spiritual puzzle God was allowing and leading me to understand His glorious plan of salvation for mankind.
One of the most precious and eye-opening truths I was led to was about the Word (the Logos, the Spokesman) becoming flesh and being born as the Savior of the world—Jesus Christ, the Son of God (John 1). The Old Testament was coming alive, as I now understood that the God Being who most directly worked with mankind during the Old Testament period was surely the One who became the Christ, the Messiah!

The Logos, the Spokesman who was God along with the Father, became flesh and dwelled among us.

Since being baptized in 1974, I have continually studied the Bible with that understanding in mind. It has worked very well all these years, and today I have an even deeper understanding and a greater conviction and appreciation regarding this fundamental truth God has given His Church. The Church of God is to be the pillar and ground of the truth of God (1 Timothy 3:15 1 Timothy 3:15But if I tarry long, that you may know how you ought to behave yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
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), and it is through God’s Holy Spirit that we are given understanding (Isaiah 11:2 Isaiah 11:2And the spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
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A few years ago I began an in-depth study of this belief that continues to this day. I rose early on many mornings and pored over literally thousands of verses where the tetragrammaton (“four letters”), YHWH , was represented in the King James and New King James versions of the Bible with “the Lord” using capital letters. The name YHWH basically means “the Ever-Existing One” or “the Eternal.”

Repeatedly, as I prayed and studied for understanding, this wonderful truth was confirmed to me.

The apostle John said, “No one has seen God at any time” (John 1:18 John 1:18No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.
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), and this was in the context of the Word—the Logos, the Spokesman who was God along with the Father—becoming flesh and dwelling among us (John 1:1-17 John 1:1-17 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came to his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 15 John bore witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spoke, He that comes after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 16 And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
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). So it was God the Father who had not been seen. Jesus Christ likewise confirms this two different times in Scripture. In John 5:37 John 5:37And 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.
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Jesus says to the Jews: “And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form.” And in John 6:46 John 6:46Not that any man has seen the Father, save he which is of God, he has seen the Father.
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Jesus undeniably states, “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.”

We ought to believe the words of John and Jesus as recorded in Scripture and not doubt they mean anything but what they clearly said in this regard. No human being has seen God the Father at any time!

Some would argue that every time the word “Lord” is used in the Bible it must refer to the Father. But, in light of Christ’s and John’s own words that no one has seen the Father, it is wrong to believe this error—because the Lord did appear to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and He interacted with and spoke to them repeatedly. The One who became Jesus Christ is revealed as the Word of God, the Logos, the Spokesman. Think and analyze that for a moment—He wouldn’t be much of a Spokesman if He didn’t speak much, would He? If the Lord was always exclusively the Father, the Spokesman would have said very little during the Old Testament period!

The Lord also appeared to Jacob (Genesis 32:30 Genesis 32:30And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
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) and to Moses “face to face” (Exodus 33:11 Exodus 33:11And the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.
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) while manifested in human form. According to Scripture, Moses even saw the Lord’s back while He was in His glorified state in the form of God (Exodus 33:20-23 Exodus 33:20-23 20 And he said, You can not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. 21 And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and you shall stand on a rock: 22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passes by, that I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and will cover you with my hand while I pass by: 23 And I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
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). Clearly this Being who was seen was not the Father, but must have been the One who later became Jesus the Christ.

The One we now know as the Father delegated to the Word the responsibility to interact with mankind as God, beginning with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 1:1 Genesis 1:1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
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, 26-28) and proceeding to appear to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 12:7 Genesis 12:7And the LORD appeared to Abram, and said, To your seed will I give this land: and there built he an altar to the LORD, who appeared to him.
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; 17:1; 18:1; 26:2, 24; 35:1; 48:3; Exodus 3:2 Exodus 3:2And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the middle of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
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, 16; 6:3, 16:10; Leviticus 9:23 Leviticus 9:23And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people.
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, etc.). As recorded in 1 Samuel 3:10 1 Samuel 3:10And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for your servant hears.
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, the Lord even stood by and spoke to little Samuel!

Jesus Christ revealed Himself as “I AM”—the Being who appeared and spoke to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He was the God Being who directly interacted with Moses, and who led the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 3:14 Exodus 3:14And God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.
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; John 8:24 John 8:24I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins: for if you believe not that I am he, you shall die in your sins.
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, 28, 58), and He spoke the Ten Commandments to the Israelites at Mt. Sinai (Exodus 19-20), where He was seen by and ate a meal with Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu and 70 elders of Israel (Exodus 24:1 Exodus 24:1And he said to Moses, Come up to the LORD, you, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship you afar off.
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, 9-11).

Jesus Christ also clearly revealed Himself as the Rock who accompanied the Israelites in the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:4-9 1 Corinthians 10:4-9 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 7 Neither be you idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
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; 2 Samuel 22:2-3 2 Samuel 22:2-3 2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; 3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence.
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).

“The Lord,” YHWH, is used thousands of times in the Bible. When the context reveals One bearing this name appearing to and speaking directly to people, that One is the Being who became Jesus Christ. However, the name YHWH may also refer to God the Father and in a relatively small number of places in the Bible refers to Him exclusively. Often the name is used of the Father and the Word together as God. This is because we should always remember that the Word, the Logos, the Spokesman, was God too (John 1:1 John 1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
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)—of the God kind—and that Jesus Christ is God (Titus 2:10 Titus 2:10Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
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, 13; 1 John 5:20 1 John 5:20And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
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). “It is clear that the name YHWH can be used to identify both God the Father and the One who later becomes Jesus Christ (the Word)” (“ Nature of God and Christ ,” UCG Doctrinal Study Paper, p. 14).

Some have been confused by Acts 3:13 Acts 3:13The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his Son Jesus; whom you delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.
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, which refers to the Father as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This may be easily understood in light of the fact that the Father and Christ are both God. Of course, the Father is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the sense that God the Father is supreme and He is your God, my God and everyone’s God. But this doesn’t negate the fact that it was the Word who personally interacted with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (and others) as God. The Father has delegated roles of Creator, Redeemer, High Priest, Intercessor and Spokesman to His beloved Son, Jesus Christ! But, on the other hand, the Word always did the Father’s will and always spoke for the Father (John 5:19 John 5:19Then answered Jesus and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for what things soever he does, these also does the Son likewise.
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, 30-31; 8:28; 12:49; 14:10). So the Father was also intimately involved through the Word with whom He existed throughout eternity. Jesus Christ said, “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30 John 10:30I and my Father are one.
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; 17:22). We worship both the Father and His Son, who was the Logos or Spokesman for the Father and was also God and Lord.

The Bible is consistent in its teaching that “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1-2 John 1:1-2 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.
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). Therefore, there were two Beings, now called God the Father and the Son of God, throughout eternity.

Again, it was the Word to whom the Father delegated the very important role of intimately and directly interacting with mankind from Adam and Eve throughout history until Jesus came in the flesh as the Son of God. The Word, the Logos, the Spokesman—the One Who became Jesus Christ—may accurately be referred to as “the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,” along with the Father.

We should cling and adhere faithfully to the clear teaching of the Bible on this topic and patiently deal with any perceived problems or difficulties with our longstanding overall teaching on this subject, being careful not to cause discord or division (1 Corinthians 11:17-19 1 Corinthians 11:17-19 17 Now in this that I declare to you I praise you not, that you come together not for the better, but for the worse. 18 For first of all, when you come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. 19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
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; Jude 1:19 Jude 1:19These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
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Much more could be said, but let us rest assured that it was God Himself who revealed this amazing, precious truth to His Church—and His Word is clear and sure!

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