Bible Notes: Doctrine of Atonement

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

Hebrew: KJV Deuteronomy 32:3  Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.

From a purely grammatical standpoint, the two words, LORD God are related as a proper noun and title, as Jesus Christ is name and title. LORD, Yahweh, or Jehovah, is defined in varied biblical Hebrew commentaries, grammars and lexicons with reference to the verb for being hayah, perhaps as a causative form of being reserved for the God of Israel, an ineffable verb for the only self-creative, self-existent Being. Its first person form, I Am, and its third person form He causes to be are aspects of the same idea. Elohim is a noun derived from the root uwl, which means strength, and so its meanings range from that which is mighty, even up to God, and include godlike beings, people who represent God, and the gods, or idols of other nations. There is no essential difference between the formations God, our God, your God, his God, God of Israel, my God, or even gods. These are all based on Elohim. Through its association with Yahweh in Israelite theology it attained the singleness and all-powerful aspects of the only living God, a single and unequalled God that could be invisible, immortal and eternal Spirit, creating heavens and earth and all their hosts.

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