Tuesday, July 5, 2011

No Savior Besides Yahweh

It is often asserted that in Isaiah 43:11; 45:21; and Hosea 13:4; Jehovah (Yahweh) asserts that he alone is the savior. From this trinitarians, as well as some others, entertain the thought that if Jesus is the savior of the world, then, according to their application of the above verses, since only Yahweh is the savior, then Jesus must be Yahweh. The trinitarian then calls upon the spirit of human imagination to further claim that this means that Jesus is a person of Yahweh, the only true God.

  • Isaiah 43:11 -- WEB
    I, even I, am Yahweh; and besides [Bil`adey, apart from, except, without] me there is no savior.
  • Isaiah 45:21 -- WEB
    Declare you, and bring [it] forth; yes, let them take counsel together: who has shown this from ancient time? who has declared it of old? Haven't I, Yahweh? and there is no God else besides [Bil`adey, apart from, except, without] me, a just God and a Savior; there is no one besides me.
  • Hosea 13:4 -- WEB
    "Yet I am Yahweh your God from the land of Egypt; And you will know no god but me, And besides [Biltiy, excepting] me there is no savior.
There are several things to note about all these scriptures wherein Yahweh says that besides him there is no savior.

(1) Although there are hints related to in the context of some of the prophecies of the coming salvation by means of Jesus, Yahweh is not directly speaking of himself as being the savior of the world, but directly as the deliverer of Judah and Israel. -- Isaiah 43:1,3,12; 45:4,5,11,15,25; Hosea 13:1,2,4

(2) Yahweh is speaking of himself as compared to the false would-be saviors (idol-gods, kings, etc.) of the heathen nations, or even their own kings (Isaiah 43:9; 45:21; Hosea 13:1,2,10) that the Israelites seemed to be constantly going to for deliverance, as apart from Yahweh.

(3) The Hebrew words for besides means "except, without, etc.," and does preclude the thought that Yahweh could send another who is not Himself as savior of Israel. Indeed, Yahweh sent many saviors to Israel, all of which were not without, or in exception of, Yahweh, but were in accord with Yahweh.Saviors sent by Yahweh are not “apart from” Yahweh, or “without” Yahweh. Nevertheless, by their being sent by Yahweh and coming in his name signifies that Yahweh is still the only ultimate savior, thus it could still be said that there is no savior besides (without, apart from) him. -- Judges 2:18; 3:9-15; 1 Samuel 12:10,11; Nehemiah 9:27; 2 Kings 13:5; 14:27.

(4) There is no savior apart from Yahweh, but being the savior, He does appoint others as saviors with whom he is with, and in this manner he sent his son as savior of the world. However, this does not deny that besides Yahweh there is no savior, since Yahweh is the one who is the ultimate author of the salvation he provides by means of his Son. Nor is Yahweh's son besides, aside from, Yahweh, since Jesus was sent by Yahweh. It is as Samson stated to Yahweh: “You have given this great deliverance [salvation] by the hand of your servant.” (Judges 15:18) And Yahweh spoke of David: “By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.” (2 Samuel 3:18) And Psalmist said: “You led your people like a flock, By the hand of Moses and Aaron.” (Psalm 77:20) Likewise, God sent Jesus that “the world should be saved through him” (John 3:16,17) so that “the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) In Romans 6:23, the word "God" signifies one person, not three. Rather than being apart from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, we read that "God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him." (Acts 10:38; See Isaiah 61:1) In Acts 10:38, the word "God" signifies one person, not three. The salvation from God by means of Jesus is not apart from Yahweh, for Yahweh is the one who has provided the salvation through Jesus. "All things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ." (2 Corinthians 5:18) "God" in 2 Corinthians 5:18 refers to one person, not three persons, and that one person is held as distinct from "Jesus Christ (meaning anointed one, the one anointed by Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob -- Isaiah 61:1).

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