"Come near to Me, hear this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning. From its being, I was there; and now the Lord Jehovah, and His Spirit, has sent Me.
So says Jehovah, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, I am Jehovah your God -"
In Isaiah 48:16-17, we are presented with a clear revelation concerning God's Nature. We know that "Jehovah (JHVH)" of Isa 48:17 is God; therefore, we know that the " beginning " referred to in Isa 48:16 is the act of creation in Gen 1:1 and Gen 1:26.
In Isaiah 48:16, we find three persons (beings) identified - the Lord Jehovah, His Spirit, & Me (the sent one). We find that each of the three is named, by the Bible, as being God.
"The Lord Jehovah" is a double affirmation that He is God. Isaiah, inspired by God, used 'adonay JHVH in the original manuscript. 'Adonay was used only as a proper name for God. JHVH or YHVH, was also used only to indicate the God of Israel. Further proof that the Lord Jehovah is God can be found in Exo 34:23, and similar verses,
- - " Three times in the year your men shall appear before the Lord Jehovah, the God of Israel. "
In naming the other two Persons of Isa 48:16, we find that "the Lord Jehovah " is in fact, "The Father".
"His Spirit ", of Isa 48:16, follows a conjunctive, which indicates that a separate entity, or person, is being named. We find verses such as Job 33:4,
- - "The Spirit of God made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life."
These types of verses indicate that the Spirit is Creator; and from Gen 1:26, we know that the Creator is God. Therefore the Spirit is "'elohym or elohym." (See Gen 1:26 page for explanation of elohym.)
"Me (the sent one)", of Isa 48:16, is identified in verse 17 as God, the Holy One of Israel. We know from various verses of Scripture, including Isa 61:1-2 & Luke 4:18-19, that the Sent One is Jesus, the Son. Also various areas of the Bible identify Him (Jesus) as the Holy One of Israel. Therefore Isa 48:17, in conjunction with other biblical verses, names Jesus the Son as God (elohym, JHVH, adonay).
Isa 48:16-17 provides compelling evidence concerning the nature of God. We have seen that it names three separate Persons, or beings:
The Lord Jehovah (The Father);
Jehovah (the Son, Jesus);
His Spirit (The Holy Spirit).
We have found that the Bible names each of these individuals as God. Since the Bible also teaches there is only One God, we are presented with a small inkling into God's triune Nature, which is also called the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity.
Isaiah 48:16 &17
page updated 03/23/2011.