Preface 6 – Definitions in this Writing

The Image of the Invisible God – Christ, was the one who was seen by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Seen as an Angel by Moses at the burning bush. He appeared sometimes as a man, sometimes as an Angel, etc.

The Word – the speaker for the invisible God throughout the Old Testament, who spoke to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and Moses when He appeared to them. This expression was used throughout the Old Testament and the Targumim.

The one true God – the invisible God, the Father.

The only begotten[1] God – Christ was “the firstborn of all creation,” “the beginning of the creation of God.” He was not the one true God, but considered Himself as any “Son of God,” being subject to the Father (John 5:19; 8:28; 10:34).

ELOHIM – masculine plural of El, the speaker for the invisible God. Moses became “ELOHIM to Pharaoh,” the speaker for the invisible God when he spoke God’s words to Pharaoh.

The correct understanding is that Christ as “the Word” is speaking, but the true speaker is the invisible God. The invisible God is one with His image, Jesus Christ. “Hear O Israel, Yihvah our ELOHIM, Yihvah, is one.”

Yihvah ELOHIM – the name God gave Christ, His Image, in Exodus 3:15, has the same meaning as ELOHIM, but with the description Yihvah, being “the Name” of ELOHIM.

Yihvah – meaning “HE WILL BE” – the short form of Yihvah ELOHIM, and the shared name of Christ and God.

I WILL BE, or EHYEH – the first-person form of Yihvah, HE WILL BE.

Holy Spirit or holy spirit – this is the anointing on the prophets and saints. It is described with feminine pronouns in the Hebrew Old Testament, and was identified by the verb, “rest.”

Spirit – in the Old Testament, the expression “spirit” without the definite article described the anointing of “spirit” that proceeds from God, and the anointing of the holy spirit that communicates the words of God. In the New Testament, before the Day of Pentecost, “spirit” describes the anointing of “the Word.”  After Pentecost, “spirit” describes the anointing of “the spirit of truth.”

The Spirit – the expression “the Spirit” describes the Spirit of Christ throughout the Bible. In the Old Testament, the Hebrew “ha-ruah” הרוח and the Aramaic רוחא, only describes a Spirit as a being.

The spirit of prophecy from before the Lord – from Daniel 7:9-10, a “river of fire from before Him.” In Targum Jonathan, the spirit of prophecy from before the Lord describes the spirit of God in the prophets, and Christ.

My Spirit and Your Spirit – because God Himself is Spirit, the expression “My Spirit” can refer to His Own Spirit, or a Spirit that God sends out.

The Lord – in the Old Testament, “the Lord” was God. After Christ resurrected, He became “the Lord.” On “the Lord’s Day” God will become the Lord once again.

[1] From Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, monogenesis (only begotten) is only found in Greek literature, as used for “sons or daughters” (viewed in relation to their parents), Hesiod Theog. 426, 448; Herodotus 7, 221; Plato, Critias 113 d.; Josephus, Antiquities 1, 13, 1; 2, 7, 4; and throughout the Bible.