by Don R. Hender
The name/title 'ISRAEL' is but one
of the names of the Lord God Jehovah, who is the same as Jesus Christ.
of Israel is the House, Generation and People of the Lord God Jehovah. That name
of His Who Did Prevail was given to and attributed to Jehovah as he and his followers
did prevail in the War in Heaven over and above those who were deceived and followed
after Lucifer, who is the same as Satan, the Devil. Israel, as one who prevailed is
the equivalent of the declaration and implication of the statement, I AM or I AM that
I AM. I AM he who has prevailed in and of God, that is he is the chosen and select, the
anointed and consecrated (ordained) of the Father having recieved HIS Fulness of HIS power and glory, of HIS
DIVINE INVESTITURE. HIS
FULNESS RESTS IN ME (AND I IN HE ARE ONE)—Jehovah-Jesus Christ. I ACT IN THE STEAD OF THE FATHER IN
ALL THINGS (Lev. 16:32; all). ISRAEL / YISAEL - Triumphant in, Who Prevails with/in God; even as YE IN ME AND I
IN HE ARE ONE (John 17). As we that HIS NAME upon us, we may become one in Him even as He is one in GOD THE FATHER
(Moroni 4:3; 5:3 - D&C 20:77 & 79). It is the binding power of becoming one in and with God through keeping
his commandments and ordinances, that man may become one with God, sealed to God, in His Kingdom forever.
Now there are various aspects of being 'one' and these we will cover. On the one hand one
of the mysteries of God is how it is that the Godhead is one. The obvious incorrect
conclusion is that which is dubbed the Doctrine of the Trinity as taught by Catholicism
and such branches of religion that have grown out of that doctrine established as the
Nicene Creed. And that though it was not established at Nicea, but actually hammered out
later. For purposes here it will be briefly stated that 'oneness' of the Father, Son and
Holy Ghost is NOT that they are corporally one and the same being. They are three separate
and distinct beings. God the Father is Elohim. God the Son is Jehovah, who is the same as
Jesus Christ. And the Holy Ghost is an entirely separate and distinct functioning member
of the Godhead, though presently he remains as a spirit being. (D&C 130:22-23)
"The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's; the Son
also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit.
Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us.
"A man may receive the Holy Ghost, and it may descend upon him and not tarry with him."
~ Doctrine and Covenants | Section 130:22-23
Being One if the Faith, Purpose and Cause
In the literature of man there is a fairly familiar instance of three persons acting
together for the one purpose or cause. In fact there is a very familiar saying these
three persons would state as they would venture on their adventures. If you haven't got
it yet, the saying is, "One for all, and all for one." That is the Three Musketeers, of
course. And everyone understands that type of oneness. In a very similar instance, that
is the same type of 'oneness' in the joint venture that God the Father, God the Son and
the God the Holy Ghost stands together.
Now while the Father, Son and Holy Ghost do weld the sword of truth, which is sharper
than a serpant's tooth, they are not exactly like the Three Musketeers. Their unity in
purpose, faith and cause is stated in the Book of Moses. And though Jehovah states it to
Moses in respect to himself, it is also true of the Father and the Holy Ghost as well.
"For behold, this is my [our] work and my [our] glory—to bring to pass the
immortality and eternal life of man." ~ Pearl of Great Price | Moses
Though this here simply stated cause, work, glory, faith and purpose is compacted into one
sentence, it is truth envolves a multitude of designs and plans of God for the redemption
of man in which the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are joined together in performing for the
benefit of man. And it comes under a number of titles, each perhaps emphasizing various
assepts, perspectives and/or elements of this great joint purpose. The Plan of Eternal
Progression, the Plan of Redemption, the Plan of Salvation, the Plan of Hapiness are just
a few of the name titles that is goes under. Others are the Doctrine of Christ and/or the
Gospel of Christ, or just simply the Gospel Plan.
And though like a fine tuned industrial organization, each has their separate role and
set of responsibilities, they are all in tune with each other working toward the same
named purpose. This is one of the senses of the Oneness of the Godhead, which the Doctrine
of the Trinity has completely corrupted it into being something that it is not. The various
flavors, and don't be simple minded and suppose they are all the same, for they are not
all the same as they are variously explained and even argued by different factions to mean
different things. And then just about the time of total dispute between them, they often
wisk the matter of into it being a mystery beyond the understanding of man and masked it
in a room filled with smoke and mirrors to the extend that no one can truely come to
understand it. And this in spite of the scriptures that state that it is one of the great
purposes of man to come to an understanding of just who God is.
"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and
Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." ~ New Testament | John 17:3
And then also this scripture:
¶ "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and
they are they which testify of me." New Testament | John 5:39
And then again:
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we
shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see
him as he is." ~ New Testament | 1 John 3:2
And though we come to know and understand God, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost gradually,
the scriptures do teach of them, and teach of them plainly. And this that we do know and
understand them to be three separate and distinct beings. That is in one respect and in
the other respect, like the Three Musketeers, they are joined to gether in the one great
faith, cause and purpose of the Plan of God. That is in the one respect. But their is
another respect upon which the Doctrine of the Trinity may have actually had is basis in
of it confused corruption. That is in the sense of divine investiture.
Oneness in Divine Investiture
Perhaps this 'Oneness in Divine Investiture' is best taught by a discussion of each of
the three distinct beings and their roles, natures and even locations and purposes of
operation. First is God the Father, that Man of Holiness known to us as Elohim. He is
the Father of the spirits of man, Jehovah being the Firstborn in his Generation. Yes
Jehovah is one of us, in that he is our elder brother and one with us as being a spirit
son, the firstborn spirit Son of God. Jehovah is the Firstborn in the spirit and the Only
Begotten son in the flesh as the literal Son of God Jesus Christ.
Now Elohim stood as a Celestial Glorified being in the Celestial Heavens above, a being
of glorified immortal and eternal flesh and bone imbodied spirit. As such Elohim was
beyond the coming down to a temporal mortal world as progression is eternally forward
and not backwards. Thus Elohim being in the state that He was, in order to bring to pass
the immortality and eternal life of his spirit sons and daughters, there was a need for
a redeemer to be selected from among his spirit children. And this because only those who
do pertain unto such as this temporal mortality may minister unto it (D&C 130:5).
And that the roles and positions of the Father, Elohim, and the Son, Jehovah, became
defined when in the Grand Pre-mortal Council in Heaven the Father chose and selected
his Firstborn heir to fill that roll and responsibility to govern the temporal creation
that what he created he would be empowered to redeem. And thus Elohim consecrated and
ordined, appointed and anointed Jehovah to be our Ministering God. Elohim would in effect
remain as part of his Celestial Kingdom and Glory, and the priesthood empowered son,
Jehovah would work under the direction of the Father to perform as though he were the
Father in all things pertaining to this temporal mortality (Lev. 16:32). The ordinances
and performances of the Law of Moses does give a shadow and a type of that relationship.
And thus as the 'Ministering' God of the Old Testament, Jehovah under the direction of
the Father did create the temporal heaven and earth. He formed man after the image of his
spirit, which was also the image of the Father glorified body, they being in the same
image, head, shoulders, knees and toes; eyes ears, mouth and nose. And in all things
in the Old Testament, Jehovah, the son, did minister as God, even in the stead of the
Father as though he were the Father. And in this Jehovah was the Father, the Father of
Creation, the Father of the Gospel Plan, whereby the children of God could become the
sons and daughter of Jesus Christ through and by the administration of the atonement
Gospel Plan of the Doctrine of Christ. And thus God's Children could become redeemed
from the fall in and through and by Jesus Christ the Son.
And in that joint Condescension participated in by the Father and the Son, as was so
represented by Abraham and his son Issac; did the Father become the earthly Father of
His Only Begotten Son in the Flesh by Mary, and that great spirit God Jehovah of the Old
Testament did condescend to come down, after being fully invested as a God, to be born
of woman to the end of the redemption of mankind. This is the Glad News of Great Joy.
Mad would be redeemed and be enabled to return to the presence of God.
Now this was the only way and mean that was established that man might so return and
be redeemed. This is no other way. Being that in is solely in and through Jehovah who is
the same as Jesus Christ, that this could be performed, then also Jehovah-Jesus Christ
had to be empowered with all the powers of God. "For in him dwelleth all the
fulness of the Godhead bodily." (New Testament | Colossians 2:9) This is and was not
that Jesus Christ/Jehovah was all three members of the Godhead in one as prescribed by
the false Doctrine of the Trinity. But it was that the fullness of the powers of all
three had to be divinely invested in him by divine investiture, so that all things would
be subject to that fullness of power held in the one person who stood along as the only
way and means for man to return unto Heaven. And of course the Son in turn returns that
fullness of Glory to the Father.
After Jesus'/Jehovah's resurection he had become even as the Father in having obtained
that Glorified Celestial body of Celestial Glorified flesh and bone in which he now
embodies spirit did dwell. And here here lies the purpose and need for the Holy Ghost's
ministration. That is to remain a spirit that he may descend upon and dwell within,
communication spirit to spirit with the spirit of man.
Each of the three having their own given individual roles to play in their concerted
effort of purpose. One for all and all for one. All being God in those purposes and
roles in which they did/do play. And the son being truely bodily being as the Father and
the Son in one by divine investiture. In that divine investiture Jesus, the Spirit
thereof, having the fulness of the power of God, could also operate when and if needed
in those functions as does the Holy Ghost.
We as One with Christ in God
And now we come to where we may begin to understand what Jesus spoke in his intercessory
prayer of we beoming one in him even as he and the Father are one.