Yeshua the Messiah and the Divine Identity

Yeshua the Messiah and the Divine Identity


I’m J.K. McKee, editor of Messianic
Apologetics. If you are new to the channel, be sure to subscribe for future
teachings and updates. What is a Divine Identity Christology?
How does a Divine Identity Christology serve as strong evidence of Yeshua the
Messiah being God? For those who advocate a high Christology of the Lord Yeshua
genuinely being God and uncreated, our theological explanations of God have to
account for a variety of factors, most of which are indeed detectable within the
Gospels and Apostolic letters. One significant factor is how you maintain a
religious ethos of monotheism (Deuteronomy 6:4) of the God of Israel
being the One True God–while at the same time permitting honor/reverence/worship of Yeshua, not to the detriment of the YHWH God of the Hebrew
Scriptures (John 5:23; Philippians 2:10-11; Hebrews 1:6)? What is the most
significant component to one’s evaluation of the Lordship of Yeshua?
Within the Hebrew Tanach, the God of Israel is certainly designated by the
Divine Name YHWH/YHVH, which in most Bibles is rendered as “the LORD,”
following Second Temple Jewish convention of not speaking God’s proper
name aloud (m.Yoma 6:2). The Greek Septuagint translation of the
Hebrew Tanach rendered YHWH with the title Kurios, which in a
classical context can mean, “of persons having power or authority over, lord or
master of,” from the Liddell-Scott lexicon. There reference is seen in the Gospels,
when Yeshua of Nazareth is referred to as Kurios, it is something more akin to
“Sir.” But, there will be other places, particularly where there is some
significant Tanach quotation made involving the LORD or YHWH, where
an ascription of such a status is seemingly given to Yeshua (i.e., Romans 10:23 {correction: 10:13}
and Joel 2:32; Philippians 2:10-11 and Isaiah 45:23). Is the statement, “Yeshua
is Lord,” merely a declaration of His supremacy, or is it also intended to be
an assertion of His nature as actually being the LORD God or YHWH of
the Tanach? For certain, various resources and scores of books and commentaries
will conclude that Yeshua the Messiah being Kurios in the Apostolic
Scriptures, bears some significant connection with the Divine Name YHWH in the Tanach. This especially true when various Pauline
letters include “grace and peace” issued from “God our Father and the Lord Yeshua
the Messiah” (Romans 1:7). The close proximity of God being referred to as
“Father,” and Yeshua the Messiah as “Lord,” would be taken as natural evidence of a
balanced Godhead where Yeshua is integrated into the Divine Identity
(consider 1 Corinthians 8:5, reworking the Deuteronomy 6:4 Shema), and that the
intention of the Apostles was to present the nature of Yeshua along Jewish
monotheistic lines, and not as some separate deity. Those who hold to a high
Christology would be quite keen to conclude
that Yeshua being Lord or Kurios, is widely and rightly to be associated with
how Kurios in the Greek Septuagint is connected to the Divine Name YHWH. Not all are convinced that Yeshua being Kurios is to be associated with the
Divine Name YHWH, and would instead conclude that since the title
kurios can indeed be used to be speaking of human people as lords or
masters, that Yeshua being Kurios should be approached from him just being
“the Master.” While the Sacred Name Only movement widely abhors the English
title “Lord,” and is frequently witnessed to use “Master” instead, for those who have
little issue with English terms, how disingenuous would it be for Kurios to
be translated as “Lord” when it clearly refers to the LORD God or YHWH of
the Tanach with some significant quotation in view, but then when Yeshua
is titled Kurios, for it to only be translated as “Master”? Should there not be
some uniformity, with readers left to decide for themselves how to approach the
issue of as “Lord”? Those who hold to a low Christology will largely deny that there
is any connection to be made between Kurios and YHWH when
referring to Yeshua of Nazareth, leaving significant questions to be made when
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